Symmes Creek East Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trailhead is part of the Symmes Creek/Morgan Sists Trail System. The 6 trails in the Morgan Sisters – Symmes Creek Trail System 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.

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 No Fees
Closest Towns: Oak Hill, OH
Information Center: Ironton Ranger District

General Information


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.


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Boating - Non-Motorized

Symmes Creek offers fishing and canoe opportunities during the spring and fall. However, the only access points on National Forest System land are unimproved with no facilities. For those with their own canoes, the creek meanders through scenic pastoral America.

There are no liveries available in this area for canoe or kayak rentals. 

Trailer Parking Parking is provided at trailheads.
Type of Craft Canoes, kayaks and flat-bottom Jon boats
Fuel availability Motors boats not recommended.
Launch Ramps Undeveloped, launch from creeks and river banks
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