Mohican Memorial-State Forest

One of our club’s favorite riding destinations is Mohican-Memorial State Forest. Trail head parking is located at Mohican-Memorial State Forest, OH-97, Perrysville, OH 44864 (directions in chart below).

There are 37 miles of trails open daily. See trail map. Pit toilets, some high lines and non-potable water are available for use at the trailhead.

Name of trail:

 

Mohican Bridle Trail System (trails are on both State Forest and State Park)
County:

 

Ashland
Location of trail: Bridle Trail Parking is on State Route 97, approximately 3 miles west of State Route 3 and 4 miles east of Village of Butler.
Directions from nearest main route:

 

From Interstate 71, Exit #165 on SR 97 and continue east on SR 97 approximately 15 miles. You will travel through Bellville and Butler to the parking area on the right (just past the Mohican Memorial Shrine).

 

From Loudonville, continue south on SR 3 approximately 3 miles to SR 97 (just past Mohican State Park Campground and Clear Fork River).  Turn right on SR 97 and continue to parking area on left approximately 3 miles.

Trail Land Manager:

 

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Mohican Memorial State Forest

975 ODNR Mohican Road 60

Perrysville, OH 44864

Chad Sanders, Forest Manager

419-938-6222, Ext 13

 

Mohican State Park

3116 SR 3

Loudonville, OH  44842

Josh Gardner, Park Manager

419-994-5125

Trail description:

 

The typography of the area is rolling to hilly.  The Blue Trail (14.3 miles) offers a variety of terrain and both wide and single tracks.  The Red Trail (4.6 miles) and Yellow Trail (3.2 miles) are easier trails with both wide and narrow track and numerous creek crossings (most are shallow water crossing, one crossing is deeper).    The Green Trail (4.8 miles) is a loop that also provides access to the Orange Trail which heads to Mohican Lodge.  The Green trail includes single track in the woods as well as gravel lanes.  One short section is shared with mountain bikers.  The Orange Trail is mostly single track and offers more hills and challenges than the other trails.
Type of trail (multi-use, bridle/hike, etc.):

 

Bridle trails are open to hiking and horseback riding.  However, there is a small length of the Green Trail that is shared with a mountain bike trail.  The mountain bike trail also crosses the bridle trail in several areas. In the winter, some trails north of SR 97 are open to snowmobiling.
Trail surface:

 

Trail surface varies from dirt, mud, some gravel lanes and a few stretches with heavy gravel.  Two short sections of the Blue Trail travel on a township road.
Normal trail condition:

 

Trail is generally dry (well drained) in most areas.  Trails are well maintained.
Trail condition during winter/wet weather:

 

Trail is typically muddy in early spring and after heavy rains.  There are sections of the trail that are not as well drained and result in muddy conditions.  Slopes are generally well drained.
Length of trail:

 

27 miles in state forest

7 miles in state park

Day Use Only, Overnight camping or both:

 

No overnight facilities are offered to horse campers in Mohican.  However, there is a permit area in the State Forest that is available for group use by special use permit.  You should contact the forest for more information.  (Pleasant Hill Park and Malabar Farm State Park both offer horse camps a short distance away.)
Trailhead parking description:

 

Parking is located in a cleared area bordering SR 97.  The area can get busy on prime riding weekends.  There is overflow parking across SR 97 near the ball diamond in fall months only.
Trailhead horse facilities:

 

Facilities at the Staging Area include some shade, limited tie lines and water under pressure.
Trailhead human facilities:

 

The area includes pit latrines and water under pressure.
Unique /scenic trail features:

 

Much of the forest is planted plantations and second growth forest.  Most of the trails are in wooded areas. There are numerous rock outcroppings in the region and the trails cross creeks at several locations.
Trail hazards:

 

Two sections of the Blue Trail travel on township roads.  The Orange Trail is often steeper, narrow and can be muddy in places making it a more challenging trail.
Trail rating:

 

   X    Easy – Level or gently sloping terrain; consistent groomed surface; wide trail surface; shallow or no water crossings

 

Trail rating:

 

    X  Moderate – Rolling to hilly terrain; short steeper slopes; water crossings; irregular trail surface; narrower trail surface

 

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