Mountains in Ohio

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Written by Taiwo Victor

Updated: December 2, 2022

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Ohio, a US state affectionately referred to as “the Buckeye State,” is situated in the country’s Midwestern region in the north. Ohio, which has a long history of aviation and a robust agricultural culture, may not be the state with the most mountains in the union. Still, it has several high peaks known globally and some of the country’s most spectacular peaks and hilltops.

One way to appreciate Ohio’s beauty is to stand on a high point and look down on its rolling hills or at the high points. This article lists 9 spectacular mountains in Ohio and other interesting facts. 

9 Mountains in Ohio

Hiking in Ohio is perfect for folks who aren’t experienced with climbing or aren’t fond of heights, as the state’s highest peak is less than 2,000 feet. Most of Ohio’s landscape consists mainly of Grasslands and plains, ideal for raising cattle and other farm animals. However, the Appalachian Plateau, which almost entirely occupies the state’s eastern region, does include some sizable hills, extensive valleys, and fantastic camping and hiking areas. Here are 10 mountains worth visiting in Ohio:

1. Campbell Hill

The highest point in Ohio is Campbell Hill, one of the few places high enough to be considered a mountain. Campbell Hill is a mountain that reaches 1,549.09 feet above sea level and is situated inside the city of Bellefontaine. Despite being the tallest mountain in Ohio, Campbell Hill is best recognized as the site of the Bellefontaine Air Force Station. The top of this mountain is flat and grassy, and you can almost drive right up to it. If you’re in Ohio, it’s worth a visit for its stunning vistas.

2. Hocking Hills

The Hocking Hills in Ohio’s Hocking County, a heavily fractured region of the Allegheny Plateau, is home to cliffs, gorges, rock shelters, and waterfalls. The entire region is within Hocking Hill State Park, one of Ohio’s most well-liked recreational locations. In addition to camping, Hocking Hill State Park offers canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. This park is great for families since it provides a range of day and overnight camps for kids of all ages. It teaches them about nature and conservation and how to hike and enjoy the outdoors.

3. Appalachian Mountains

Winter in the Appalachian Mountains

A portion of the famous Appalachian Mountains run through Ohio and cover nearly 35 counties.

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The series of mountains in eastern to northern North America are known as the Appalachian Mountains or the Appalachians. Ohio is home to roughly 35 counties which includes the renowned Appalachian Mountains. Although this section of the Appalachian Mountains lacks any notable peaks, it has one of the most diversified biomes in the nation. While hiking through Ohio’s Appalachian Mountains, you will pass through dense old-growth forests home to various flora and fauna.

4. Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain is one of the most visited mountains in Maryland.

One of the unique things about Sugarloaf Mountain is that it’s mostly private property, although it is a designated National Landmark.

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Since it provides a variety of activities, Sugarloaf Mountain is one of Ohio’s most well-known mountains. The Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail is the primary hiking trail on Sugarloaf Mountain. This trail offers a brief, sharp descent that circles Sugarloaf Mountain. Even though camping in the nearby state park is impossible in the winter, you can trek to Sugarloaf Mountain all year round. While running, horse riding and mountain biking are also permitted on Sugarloaf Mountain, hiking is the most common activity.

5. Gildersleeve Mountain

In Kirtland, Ohio, there is a mountain called Gildersleeve Mountain. Due to its location within one of the biggest and most populated metropolitan areas in the United States, it is both interesting and significant. This geological formation rises 593 feet above Lake Erie and 1,163 feet above sea level. Even more stunning is the fact that the summit is only 6.7 miles away from Lake Erie’s shores. Today, Chapin Forest Reservation covers around 60% of the mountain. The neighborhood has playgrounds, picnic spots, and hiking routes, offering excellent outdoor amusement.

6. Mount Miserable

While Mount Miserable resembles Ohio’s other mountains and big hills, it is a little taller than most. There aren’t many mountains in Ohio above 1,000 feet. Mount Miserable in Logan County is a short hike that’s quite simple to access. Like most hikes in Ohio, it can be challenging in the winter because of inclement weather.

7. Bender Mountain

Despite being only nominally a mountain due to its modest height, Bender Mountain is one of the best locations in the Bender Mountain Nature Preserve for hiking and outdoor recreation. Due to its proximity to Delhi Township, the Bender Mountain Nature Preserve is easy to access. You’ll probably run into other people while exploring because this is a popular location for birding and trekking.

8. Mount Jeez

Pleasant Valley view

Mount Jeez, located in the beautiful Mohican Hills region, looks out over the green hills and gorgeous trees of the Pleasant Valley.

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Although Mount Jeez isn’t the tallest mountain in Ohio, it has one of the most beautiful views. The breathtaking views from the summit of this sizable hill are well-known throughout the state and the nation. The picturesque Mount Jeez overlooks the Pleasant Valley’s lush hills and magnificent trees. The breathtaking colors of the trees seen from Mount Jeez’s summit in the autumn are also legendary. The mountain is even more beautiful in the winter.

9. Cuyahoga Valley National Park High Point

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park High Point is a mountain with an elevation of over 1,000 feet. It is only a small portion of a much larger and more significant area. Among the best spots in the state to see Ohio’s animals, hike, fish, camp, and take in the spectacular beauty of this area are the lovely forests, hills, and rivers in the Cuyahoga Valley.

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