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Explore a 200-year-old virgin beech and maple forest on this enjoyable 3.2-mile circuit hike.

We owe a debt of gratitude to visionaries such as the Matthew Hueston family who donated 200 acres of virgin beech and maple forest to the State of Ohio. This hike is a naturalists dream. The ancient hardwoods and carpeted understory is a prime example of undisturbed public land. Begin this hike from Acton Lake Picnic Area following an old service road from the turn-around circle heading toward the dam. Take West Shore Trail north above the lake. In about half a mile you'll come to a trail junction with Blue Heron Trail. Bear right onto Blue Heron which will carry you to the Sugar House. Continue northbound on Sugarbush Trail. You'll see several spur trails leading to the lake. Continue on Sugarbush making a slight ascent. You'll come to another trail junction, bear left staying on Sugarbush. From here you'll hike through two ravines then over Brown Road. Notice how the forest has matured. Here lies the 200-year-old virgin beech and maple forest. After spending some time examining the forest continue on bearing right (east) on Blue Heron Trail. After cutting across a parking lot and descending toward the lake, you'll come to West Shore Trail. Bear right on West Shore Trail and return to Acton Lake Picnic Area.

Directions: From Oxford, OH, Take State Route 732 about 5 miles north. After entering the park, continue about half a mile bearing left on the road leading to the lake. Take this road 2 miles to Acton Lake Picnic Area.

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

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Hueston Woods State Park, Ohio

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