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Salt Run Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (35)

A hilly, beautiful trail.


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Map Key

3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

Point to Point

905' 276 m

High

716' 218 m

Low

466' 142 m

Up

474' 145 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Wildlife

Description

From the Pine Hollow parking lot, cross the top of the hill to find the trailhead, just inside the woods (look for a picnic table and trail sign). You can then go right or left to follow this incredible loop. There is a shortcut option available.

This trail boasts quite a few large, steep hills and uneven steps, making it a good challenge for trail runners and hikers alike. it is not suited to small children or folks with mobility issues (head to Lake Trail!). You'll also pass through some lower areas that are thick with lush foliage and, in the spring, tons of skunk cabbage.

Along the southern stretch of the trail, keep your eyes open for White Oak Spring, a naturally occurring spring at the base of a white oak tree. You'll also run along a few watery areas, so be prepared to get wet.

Flora & Fauna

You'll see lots of towering trees along here and lots of skunk cabbage in the spring. Trees along the trail include some excellent examples of White Oaks and a gorgeous Hemlock Grove. The herbaceous layer contains Christmas and Sensitive Ferns. Smartweed, Wingstem and Snake Root bloom in mid August and early September along the trail.

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Maggie Olson

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Photos

One of the gorgeous, challenging stretches of Salt Run. Photo by NPS/DJ Reiser
Apr 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH
Salt Run connector trail, heading back to the Pine Loop parking lot.
Jun 28, 2021 near Peninsula, OH
Descending a switchback.
Jun 28, 2021 near Peninsula, OH
Lady' Thumbs blooming in mid August
Aug 13, 2017 near Peninsula, OH
You'll walk across this field/hill to reach the start of the trail. Photo: NPS DJ Reiser
Apr 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH
White Snakeroot blooming in early September.
Sep 4, 2017 near Peninsula, OH

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Jul 21, 2022
SE Wagner
Jun 4, 2022
Brett Waller
Good beginner 10k steps 3.5mi
Oct 19, 2021
CR Cano
Oct 5, 2021
James Bowser
Jul 7, 2021
Benjamin Kerner
3.5mi
Jun 27, 2021
George Coghill
May 21, 2021
Tom Herr
Parked at Kendall Lake. Many wooden steps and several bridges on the loop. Many ups-and-downs made this forested hike more interesting. 3.4mi
May 1, 2021
David Ottney