Vesuvius Backpack Trail

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Trail Distance: 17.3 miles
Time Estimate: 6 hr 30 min +
Elevation Gain: 285 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Limited
Description

Take your pooch to Wayne National Forest and check out the Lake Vesuvius Backpack Trail. This challenging 17-mile course takes you through the forest and fields, by the lake, and into brushland. Sections of the terrain are pretty rugged, and there's lots of thick vegetation out here. Along the way, you'll be able to enjoy scenic views, see wildflowers, and look for resident wildlife. There's a vault toilet by the boat ramp lot.

There are upper and lower sections to the Backpack Trail. Starting from the trailhead that's near the boat ramp, you'll head south along Lake Vesuvius. After following the shore for a short distance, the trail breaks away from the Lake Shore Trail and climbs a ridgeline to go around the water. You can catch some scenic views of the lake on this part of your hike. The upper portion of the route tracks northeast into the forest. Out here, the road narrows, and there are more climbs and descents in the mixed hardwoods. As you continue further east, the undergrowth increases, but the way is still navigable. There are some open fields and ridges along the way. You can camp at one of the sites or set your tent up off-road if you plan to stay overnight.

This is a pupcredible place to bring your pooch hiking. Park rules require that they be on a leash and that you pack out their waste. Bring provisions including water and waste bags with you for your trek. 

The Lake Vesuvius Backpack Trail is a furrific place to get exercise with Fido. Your hike will include some challenging sections and a variety of ecosystems. Enjoy the views of the water as you walk on the ridgeline and cliffs along the lake. In fall, you'll be able to view the changing leaves of the hardwood forest. The pathway gets light use, so you can expect a peaceful trek.

Trail Features
Diverse Landscape, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
There are mosquitos and ticks here. Wear repellent, and make sure you do a thorough check after hiking.
Address
Vesuvius Lake Boat Ramp FR 1955
Pedro, OH 45659
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Address
Vesuvius Lake Boat Ramp FR 1955
Pedro, OH 45659
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours