Exploring Ohio's Edge of Appalachia
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The Edge of Appalachia has three diverse trails. The 2.5-mile Wilderness Trail loops through forest, revealing wildlife and wildflowers found nowhere else in the area. The strenuous, 1.5-mile (each way) Buzzardroost Rock Trail stretches over waterfalls (left) and along ridgetops, ending at a sweeping overlook. In summer, warm-weather wildflowers brighten the 1.5-mile Lynx Prairie Trail. Finding the start-points for the trails can be tricky, so call the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau for directions.
Also in the area: The 8,000-acre Shawnee State Forest bans vehicles, bikes and even motorized trail-clearing tools. Hikes offer solitude and challenging terrain. The Shawnee section (40-plus miles) of the Buckeye Trail, which circumnavigates the state, runs through hilly woods. Hikers find wildflowers, birds and sometimes bobcats in the deeper parts of the forest.