HFMP Hiking Trail
Trail in Huffman MetroPark
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Hiking the three mile trail offers views of the Mad River and the lake, created during the construction of Huffman Dam in the 1920's. Hike to the south and the trail section on the dam offers an overview of the park. Look for the remains of the Erie Railroad bridge abutments. Along the north section of trail take a moment at the historical marker for the Kirtland camp. Members of the Mormon community camped for a month along the banks of the Mad River on their way to Missouri. While encamped members worked on a section of the Springfield-Dayton turnpike.
Explore unique meadows and wooded areas within the floodplain. Discover year round bird watching. Red-tailed hawks and great horned owls make Huffman MetroPark their home; in spring and fall many migratory birds will make stopovers. Evening hikers may spot bats in flight.
The Buckeye and North Country Trails pass through Huffman MetroPark. This section of the Buckeye Trail is part of a 1,440-mile continuous loop that encircles Ohio. The North Country National Scenic Trail stretches across seven states and will be 4,600 miles long when completed. These trails link and make historical and scenic features accessible and provide long-distance hiking.