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Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in Ohio: Day Hikes & Backpacking Trips in the Buckeye State (Third Edition) (Explorer's 50 Hikes) Paperback – May 2, 2007
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An essential purchase for serious hikers . . . the best guide to hiking in the state. -- The Trailblazer
About the Author
Ralph Ramey is retired chief of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He is the author of Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in Ohio and Explorer's Guide 50 More Hikes in Ohio. He lives in Westerville, OH.
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As the title suggests, this guide describes 50 hikes in Ohio. The hikes are fairly evenly distributed throughout the state, and all major hiking destinations in Ohio are covered including Wayne National Forest (6 hikes), Hocking Hills, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, East Fork, and Kelleys Island. Each hike contains driving directions to the trailhead, a nice map based on a USGS topo map, and a VERY detailed trail description. The amount of historical and background information on each hike is unreal. I know of no trail writer who does more research than Ramey before sitting down in front of the computer to write about a hike.
The one area in which this update may not quite bring this classic guide up to modern standards is the pictures. This guide has fewer pictures than most modern hiking guides (not to mention blogs and hiking websites), and most of the pictures that exist are black-and-white with not particularly good resolution. I did not dock the guide a star for this issue because I consider pictures window dressing in a hiking guide, but it is an area for improvement. There is (yet another) new edition coming out soon, so hopefully this will get addressed.
In summary, I still think Ramey’s two Ohio hiking guides represent the best resource for Ohio hikers on the book market. Buy them both and enjoy them as much as I have.