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Forest Rally

I honestly don't know if that forest is any good for hiking or camping, we only go there as rally... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2019
Cleveland, Ohio
Nice Out Of The Way Park

We use Zalenski for hiking and you have a couple trails to choose from. The lake trail is about 3... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Grove City, Ohio
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  • Average8%
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Jun 16, 2019
“Forest Rally”
Aug 30, 2018
“Don't go in the summer!!!”
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

I honestly don't know if that forest is any good for hiking or camping, we only go there as rally spectators, and all I can say is Zaleski State Forest has the best rally roads in Ohio!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank BuckeyeAdventures
Reviewed August 30, 2018

We went backpacking at Zaleski based on some reviews we read. (unfortunately we only found the positive ones before we went there and then found the negative ones afterward.) We wondered why all of the YouTube videos didn't show much and they were either in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank Eric T
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We use Zalenski for hiking and you have a couple trails to choose from. The lake trail is about 3 miles each was (put and back) and offers nice views of the lake. There is also an 11 mile trail for those who have 4-5...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank donphillipsiree
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Great area! I’ve been to Hocking Hills (cascade, ash, old mans, rock bridge etc) several times but new to Zalesaki. Checked out the Hope Lake campground and did a short day hike into site 1 on the backpack loop. Pretty easy trip in and back...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Robyn S
Reviewed October 15, 2017

There used to be a bridge over the bog, but now the trail head is south of the parking lot - there's a huge sign. There are two loops of the back packing trail, one longer, with an access road adjacent. There are four inch...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed September 30, 2017

This is my third trip to Zaleski this season, doing the north loop again. I took the western route of the loop up (therefore a clockwise direction), completed its northeastern loop (that starts/ends at camp 3), and returned to the registration area by the more...More

Date of experience: September 2017
5  Thank M C
Reviewed July 14, 2017

We love this forest with its ravines and gorges and winding paths. Nature at its very best indeed. A little spot of heaven on earth!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank mrslljp
Reviewed March 28, 2017

Zaleski will test your mountain-goat hiking skills, especially if you are from the flatlands of Ohio like I am. With over 20,000 acres and miles of well-marked and maintained trails, you really can't go wrong. There is wilderness camping available off trails as well as...More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank TomGrandy
Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Fun relaxing can rent a kayak or other water toys and not break the bank. Nice clean beach/Lake. Nice hiking trails a good place to spend a day or a week.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Jlynn S
Reviewed November 25, 2016

Been doing some solo backpacking trips and had zaleski on my radar for a few months. Started at the new trailhead by the hope schoolhouse (which added 1.9 miles) and made it to camp 3 by late afternoon, traveling counter clockwise. I am not an...More

Date of experience: October 2016
4  Thank Jason W
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Jamie T
May 7, 2018|
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Response from Robyn S | Reviewed this property |
Colleen L
August 2, 2015|
Response from Ralph G |
There is drinking water at the campgrounds from what I presume are well pumps. I wouldn't use other water found in the area because of prior mining.
June 8, 2015|
Response from Ralph G |
I have hiked many locations in central and southern/southeastern Ohio. They are a lot the same difficulty, since the hills are similar heights, probably due to their common glacial origin (could be wrong about that). The way... More