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Hidden Treasures #6: Ohio

Monroe Outlook
Wayne National Forest

(740) 753-0101

Wildcat Hollow Trail

Wildcat Hollow Trail near Monroe Overlook.
Photo by Gary Chancey

Just outside Glouster, Ohio, in Wayne National Forest lies an area known for panoramic views and wildlife watching.

The Monroe Outlook is close to the parking lot and offers 360-degree views for bird-watching or seeing wildflowers and fall foliage, depending on the season. Nearby is the Monroe Overlook Trail, a 1.5-mile trail developed for walkers to view wildlife in early successional habitats, which contains grasses, shrubs and tree saplings. Animals such as ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, black bears, rabbits and white-tailed deer may be found in this area.

For those looking for a longer and more difficult hike, the nearby Wildcat Hollow Hiking Trail offers both a five-mile loop and a 15-mile loop, which can be combined for an extended backpacking trip. Dispersed camping is allowed along the scenic trail, which offers streams, meadows and tall pines. Burr Oak State Park is also nearby and a popular destination for outdoor recreation, including hiking and camping.

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