Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail and Backpacking Trail
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
|Open Season:||January through December|
|Closest Towns:||Pedro or Ironton|
|Restroom:||Vault at Boat Dock Trailhead.|
|Operated By:||Ironton Ranger District, 6518 SR 93, Pedro, OH 740-534-6500|
General InformationDirections: Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Dispersed CampingCamping is allowed along the trail for this long backpack trail.
Lake and Pond FishingThis 143 acre lake is stocked by ODNR, for those backpacking and overnight camping, there are places where you camp close enough to the lake to catch your dinner!
|Fish Species||largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish are commonly caught|
The Vesuvius Backpack Trail is 16 miles. We are looking for volunteers to help maintain the backpack trail. Contact the Recreation Manager at 740-534-6532.
|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. All campsites must be 150 feet from trails, lakes, and streams; and outside Vesuvius Recreation Area.|
|Difficulty Level:||More to Most Difficult|
|Species||Woodland songbirds, deer, beaver, and turkey are commonly seen. Soaring above the lakes or perched in shoreline trees you may also see hawks and osprey.|