We’d like to invite our readers to participate in the TrekOhio challenge. The challenge is to complete FIVE hikes during summer (June 21 – Sept 21) 2016 from the ANY of the parks and preserves listed below. The hikes are arranged by Ohio region for your convenience, but feel free to mix and match any five. We’ve provided links to TrekOhio articles to get more information about the hike. Once you’ve picked your five parks or preserves, you choose the trails and hike durations.
So what do you get from participating in the challenge? You’ll get the memories of some great hikes (and perhaps photos too, if you brought a camera).
You’ll also get fame, fortune, and glory!! OK, perhaps a little fame … kind of. We’ll publish a list of names of those who successfully completed the challenge. We’ll also randomly draw five names from the list and send them TrekOhio hats. Full rules are listed below.
Parks and Preserves for the TrekOhio Challenge
- Blackhand Gorge (Licking County) – choose a hike from several available trails. (Easy / Moderate)
- Christmas Rocks Nature Preserve (Fairfield County) – hilly hike with a scenic overlook. (Moderate / Strenuous)
- Dawes Arboretum (Licking County) – choose a hike from eight miles of trails through woods and formal gardens. (Easy)
- High Banks Metro Park (Delaware County) – suggested hike: hike to Olentangy Overlook, watch for eagles. (Easy)
- Milford Prairie State Natural Area (Union County) – hike in late July / early August to see prairie flowers in bloom. (Easy)
- Oak Openings Metro Park (Lucas County) – choose from 30 miles of trails. Explore sand dunes left by Lake Warren 11,000 years ago. (Easy)
- Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve (Erie County) – we’ve visited but have yet to write this up. Five miles of trails through scenic woods and wetlands plus a nice visitor center. (Easy)
- Maumee Bay State Park (Lucas County) – suggested hike: boardwalk through the wetland. (Easy)
- Goll Woods State Nature Preserve (Fulton County) – we hiked this old growth forest in May, but haven’t written it up yet. (Easy)
- Augusta-Anne Olsen State Nature Preserve (Huron County) – miles of scenic trail along the Vermilion River. (Easy / Moderate)
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Ledges Trail (Summit County) – a wonderful 2.2 mile scenic loop trail (Moderate)
- Mohican State Park (Richland County) – suggested hike: covered bridge past two waterfalls to Pleasant Hill Dam, return on other side of creek. (Moderate)
- Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park (Portage County) – three miles of trails though a rocky maze plus a waterfall. (Moderate / Strenuous)
- Gorge Metro Park (Summit County) – a great hike witihin the city of Akron. (Moderate)
- Hell Hollow Wilderness Area (Lake County) – the 262 steps down are easier than the 262 steps back up. (Strenuous)
- Hocking Hills State Park (Hocking County) – suggested hike: Old Man’s Cave – Cedar Falls 6 mile loop hike on some of Ohio’s most popular trails. (Strenuous)
- Shawnee State Park (Scioto County) – suggested hike: one of the three Shawnee Day Hike loops 4.2, 7.2, or 8.5 miles. (Strenuous)
- Burr Oak State Park (Morgan County) – choose from lower or upper loop hikes. (Moderate / Strenuous)
- Zaleski State Forest (Vinton County) – suggest: Zaleski State Forest Day Hike (Olds Hollow Trail). (Moderate)
- Wahkeena Nature Preserve (Fairfield County – on Hocking County border) – short easy hikes around lake and on boardwalk, The one mile Casa Burro loop trail is moderate. Very scenic and great nature center. (Easy / Moderate)
- Edge of Appalachia: Buzzardroost Trail (Adams County) – 4.4 mile round trip hike featuring scenic vista. Now with some new trail. (Moderate)
- Clifton Gorge (Greene County) – popular scenic gorge hike. (Easy / Moderate)
- Fort Hill (Highland County) – choose from a variety of scenic trails. (Moderate / Strenuous)
- Charleston Falls (Miami County) – a fun and scenic park just north of Dayton. (Easy)
- Caesar Creek State Park (Warren County) – suggested hike: Horseshoe Falls and suspension bridge. (Moderate)
How to Enter
After you’ve completed each of your five hikes, simply enter a comment below. Be sure to include:
- Your name in the Name field of the comment
- Your e-mail address in the E-mail field of the comment
- In the comment please include the name of the park or preserve where you completed the hike. Feel free to discuss your experience
- The #TOC tag anywhere in your comment
Deb will use her database skills to count hikes by e-mail address containing the #TOC tag (hashtag TOC) to determine who’s successfully completed the challenge. So always use the same e-mail address for all entries. For non-entry comments discussing the contest, simply omit the #TOC tag from your comment.
TrekOhio Challenge Rules
- Be safe and have fun
- You must be an Ohio resident over 18 years old to participate in the TrekOhio challenge.
- Employees of TrekOhio (i.e. Bob & Deb) and their family are not eligible.
- All hikes must occur between June 21 – September 21, 2016 (inclusive)
- Entrants must post all their hikes here by September 22, 2016 11:59 PM EDT
- Hikes must occur at five different parks and preserves chosen from the list above.
- You must follow all park / preserve rules and regulations during the hikes (i.e. stay on the trails)
- Hike length and trail choice at the above parks / preserves are at your discretion.
- Entrants completing five or more hikes and satisfying all rules will be entered for the hat drawing
- A total of five TrekOhio hats will be awarded
- TrekOhio Hat winners will be notified by e-mail and will have 14 days to respond and claim their prize. Failure to respond in time will result in loss of the prize, we will then choose a back-up winner(s)
- Spam comments will not be tolerated and will be DELETED
- One e-mail address per entrant
- Void where prohibited by law
- No purchase necessary
- The odds of winning depend upon the number of entrants received