Balancing Rock Trailhead

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Man and Woman Ride Along Cliffs of Lake Vesuvius Horseback Riding System.

This trailhead is part of the Lake Vesuvius Horse Trail System. The Lake Vesuvius horseback trails system 46.66 miles long and is composed of 9 trails, 4 trailheads, and one horse campground.

The Lake Vesuvius horse trails wind through some of the most striking landscapes in Ohio. They will lead you through a variety of vegetation where many species of wildlife live. You will ride along rock cliffs, water falls, streams and along ridge tops. Expect to see open fields, brushland, mature forest, and young forests. Along the way, you will notice man's influence and land management activities.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Horeseback riding allowed only during open season (April 15 through December 15).
  • Day and night (with lights) access is permitted.
  • Open year-round for hiking.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees No fees required. 
Open Season: April 15 - December 15
Closest Towns: Ironton, OH
Operated By:

Ironton Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

This trailhead is part of the The Lake Vesuvius Hoseback Trail System. Routes can be planned using a map of the trail system and our chart of loops, distances, trail markers and start/end points.

All of Lake Vesuvius horse trails are marked with gray diamonds though the diamonds have different color dots depending on the loops.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

Though this trail system is designed primarily for horseback rides, hikers are welcome. Forty-six miles of trail wind through some of the most striking landscapes in Ohio, but loops of a variety of lengths offer hikers many different distances depending on the time they have available.

Backpacking

Though this trail system is designed primarily for horseback rides, hikers are welcome. Forty-six miles of trail wind through some of the most striking landscapes in Ohio, but loops of a variety of lengths offer hikers many different distances depending on the time they have available.

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 bonfires are allowed.
  • No standing or green trees may be cut.
  • Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.

Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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Amenities

Parking


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