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Symmes Creek and Morgan Sisters Trail are two of Ironton's newest hiking trails.

These are two of the Forest's newest trails. Symmes Creek and Morgan Sisters trails are separate trails on either side of Symmes Creek, linked together by a short connector trail. The two trails offer hikers optional distances ranging from 2, 4, 6, and 8 miles for day hikes, or a 14 mile overnight hike when combined.

The 6-mile Symmes Creek Trail is moderately difficult and winds through a variety of young and old forests, and along ridgetops with occasional overlooks. The trail, marked in white diamonds with an orange dot, climbs down to Symmes Creek where large rock outcroppings and natural wetlands are found. Old home sites and fields are still evident, reminders of past uses of the land.

Morgan Sisters Trail on the south side of Symmes Creek offers a different view of the forest as well as a challenging hike of 2, 4, or 8 miles. About half of this trail, marked in white diamonds with a yellow dot, winds through an old growth hardwood forest known locally as Morgan Sisters Woods. The area is thought to contain patches of virgin timber. Due to its uniqueness, the area has been nominated as a "Special Area." Hikers will make several ascents and descents while traveling through this portion of the trail. Old home sites and an old schoolhouse site can also be found on this trail.

Access to Symmes Creek Trail is off State Route 141 between Cadmus and Gage communities. Signs along Woodside Road and Symmes Creek Road assist in finding the trailhead parking area, which also serves the Morgan Sisters Trail. A secondary parking area is located about 1.5 miles past the primary trailhead, within sight of a house. An additional trailhead for Morgan Sisters Trail is at Kenton Lake, which is located off State Route 233 south of Gallia on Pumpkintown Road. State Route 233 runs from Route 93 at Oak Hill to SR 141 north of Cadmus.

Hikers wishing to hike both trails can cross Symmes Creek on the county bridge.

Directions: From Gallia, OH, Travel State Route 233 to Pumpkintown Road to reach Kenton Lake. Trailhead parking available.

Elevation: 925 feet

Elevation Gain: 125 feet

Distance: 14 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Wayne National Forest, Ohio

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