Symmes Creek/Morgan Sisters Trail

Area Status: Open
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This trailhead is part of the Symmes Creek/Morgan Sisters Trail System. These 6 trails are located in Gallia County, Ohio near Patriot. The trails travel through dense vegetation and over hilly rough terrain with elevation changes of 280 feet. The lowest elevation is 650 feet at Symmes Creek and the highest point is 934 feet on the School House Loop.

Symmes Creek Trails

Symmes Creek North and Symmes Creek South Trails are on the east side of the creek and form a 4.53 mile loop. The trails wind through a variety of young and old forests, along ridgetops, and with occasional overlooks. Along Symmes Creek there are large rock outcroppings and natural wetlands that are reminders of past uses of the land.

Morgan Sisters Trails

The Morgan Sisters Trail System is made up by the Coal Branch, Ridge, and School House loop trails and is located on the west side of Symmes Creek. The Morgan Sisters Trails wind through mature woods with old building sites along the trail. These trails are linked to the two Symmes Creek trails by a short connector trail.

All trails in this trail system are marked with white.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Open year round for hiking. 
  • Day and night (with lights) access is permitted.
Fees Free
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Oak Hill, OH
Water: None
Operated By: Ironton Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

To find the Symmes Creek Trailheads:

  • From Oak Hill, follow SR 233 south for approx. 15 miles.
  • Turn left on Gallia Rd. 
  • Take the third right turn and follow the signs along Symmes Creek Rd.

To find the Morgan Sisters Trailhead:

  • From Oak Hill, follow SR 233 south for approx. 15 miles.
  • Turn left on Gallia Rd. 
  • Take the second right turn and follow the signs along Pumpkintown Rd.

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Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

The Symmes Creek Trail winds 6-miles through a variety of young and old forests and along ridgetops with occassional overlooks. The trail climbs down to Symmes Creek where large rock outcroppings and natural wetlands are reminders of past uses of the land.

The Morgan Sisters Trail on the south side of the creek offers a more challenging hike through an old growth hardwood forests known locally as Morgan Sisters Woods. It is thought to contain virgin timber which has never been cut. Old home sites and an old school house site can also be seen on this trail.

Symmes Creek and Morgan Sisters are separate trails on opposite sides of Symmes Creek. They are linked 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.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Backpacking

Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Symmes Creek and Morgan Sisters are separate trails on opposite sides of Symmes Creek. They are linked by a short connector trail. The two trails offer hikers optional distances for day hikes or a 14-mile overnight hike when combined.

The 6-mile Symmes Creek Trail winds through a variety of young and old forests and along ridgetops with occasional overlooks. The trail climbs down to Symmes Creek where large rock outcroppings and natural wetlands are reminders of past uses of the land.

Morgan Sisters Trail on the south side of the creek offers a more challenging hike through an old growth hardwood forests known locally as Morgan Sisters Woods. It is thought to contain virgin timber which has never been cut. Old home sites and an old school house site can also be seen on this trail.

Camping is allowed along the trail for this long backpack trail.

Fire Information You can build a campfire as long as you have a 10-foot clearance around it and put a ring around it with rocks. Fires must be extinguished before leaving camp. No bon fires are allowed. No standing or green trees may be cut. Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
14 miles

  Latitude : 
38.81626735

  Longitude : 
-82.44504275

 



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