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This is one of the area's more challenging trails that can be combined with several other trails for a distance hike.

The Salt Run Trail is a moderate to difficult hike traveling over 3.25 miles of woodland, meadow, and rugged hills. The footpath has two trailheads: one off Lake Trail on the farside of Kendall Lake and the other from the Pine Hollow parking area on Quick Road.

It's an enjoyable 2-hour walk through a mixed forest of pine, oak, hickory, beech and fabulous old hemlock. The trail offers a respite from the busier trails thus offering a better chance at viewing the area's white-tailed deer, wild turkey, coyotes and variety of bird life including pileated woodpeckers, warblers, and even the colorful scarlet tanager.

The elevation change of this trail is 160 feet dropping you into low-lying areas where fern, moss, and lichen cling to moist rock. The sunnier open meadows offers a chance at spying yellow wood-sorrel ((Oxalis stricta) and common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex).

Directions: From Pine Hollow Parking Area, CVNP, Travel south out of Peninsula along Akron Peninsula Road about 1.5 miles turning left (east) onto Quick Road. Travel a short distance to Pine Hollow parking area. Signage is good.

Elevation: 850 feet

Elevation Gain: 160 feet

Distance: 3.25 miles

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

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