Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail and Backpacking Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

These two trails encircle Lake Vesuvius.

The Lakeshore Trail is a scenic 8.25 mile trail that follows along the shore of Lake Vesuvius. This trail can take more than 4 hours to hike so bring plenty of water and snacks. Start at the boat dock and follow the accessible boardwalk, cross the dam, and begin your 8 mile adventure! This scenic trail takes you under overhanging hemlock, along rock bluffs, and across foot bridges. 

The Vesuvius Backpack Trail is a 17.28 mile trail that goes through difficult rugged terrain and dense vegetation. The landscape is striking, taking backpackers through open fields, brushland, mature forests, and along the lakeshore. 

The Lakeshore Hiking Trail is marked with white diamond markers with blue dots. The Backpack Trail has white diamonds with yellow dots. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year-round
Fees Free
Open Season: January through December
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Hiking only
Closest Towns: Pedro or Ironton
Water: None
Restroom: Vault at Boat Dock Trailhead.
Operated By: Ironton Ranger District, 6518 SR 93, Pedro, OH 740-534-6500

General Information

Directions: Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

Camping is allowed along the trail for this long backpack trail.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


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8 miles and 16 miles

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