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Hanging Rock Ponds

Hanging Rock Ponds

A network of 51 ponds and dozens of miles of trails comprise a unique reserve within the Wayne National Forest near Hanging Rock, Ohio.

The unique landscape is the result of illegal strip mining for coal by the Collins Mining Company in the 1960s and 1970s. Although much of the damage has been mitigated by extensive restoration efforts by the U.S. Forest Service, the end result has left the forested landscape pockmarked by dozens of ponds and rock outcroppings. Today, there are 24 miles of trails open to hikers, mountain bikers, and off-road vehicles, along with some campsites and ponds stocked for largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish.


  • From US Route 52 at Hanging Rock, follow OH Route 650 north for 1 mile. Turn left to the Hanging Rock Ponds site.

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