April 5

11:00 am

Lake Vesuvius

Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

April Weekend Backpacking Trip

We can add you to the wait list, in case of a cancellation.

Friday, April 5th to Sunday, April 7th.

This is a 2-night weekend backpacking trip with Great Miami Outfitters on the Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail in Wayne National Forest near Ironton Ohio. Whether you are new to backpacking or a seasoned hiker*, it’s a great opportunity to “GET OUT” and experience some new trails, test your gear, meet new people, get tips from others and have some fun. Load your pack and come out and enjoy. A suggested checklist for equipment, gear, clothing, food is available at the store. Each participant is responsible for all of their own needs. We’ll gladly assist or answer questions. This is a great way to get a taste of backpacking! Please dress for the weather, as inclement weather is possible. Some trails may be muddy.

Call or email for more information: 
(937) 847-8787

Sorry, no pets allowed.

This trip will require about 16 miles of hiking.*

*Participants are responsible to know their own abilities and skills and are responsible for their own safety and comfort. Great Miami Outfitters will not make any such determination, however we will be happy to answer your questions or concerns. Outdoor activities may require some strenuous exercise.


Required Pre-trip Meeting: Tuesday, April 2nd from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. We’ll go over logistics and trip details.
Friday, April 5th: Meet at Great Miami Outfitters at 11:00 AM. Leaving promptly at 11:30, and drive to the trailhead lot. We’ll hike to the Paddle Creek campsite, and set up for our first evening.
Saturday, April 6th: Enjoy a hot breakfast and break down camp before hitting the trail. Enjoy lake views from the trail and then arrive at our second night’s campsite, where we will set up and enjoy the evening with meals, a campfire and conversation.
Sunday, April 7th: We’ll enjoy breakfast before breaking down camp, packing up and hiking out about 3.75 miles to the trailhead parking lot. (Please let the trip leader know if you plan to leave earlier.)


We can add you to the wait list, in case of a cancellation.

$65 per participant,

Advance registration and payment is required.
Number of participants is limited. 
Once full, others will be added to a waiting list.
Cost does not include transportation from Miamisburg to the trailhead or back. Any personal needs including gear, equipment and food are not provided. Ask for more info.
Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds will be issued if cancelled by March 18th, 50% refund if cancelled between March 19th and March 28th. No refund after March 29th.


Want to try this but you don’t have your own equipment? We have rental equipment available including tents, backpacks, pads and stoves. A checklist is available at the store. Call or stop in for details.


Visit the US Forest Service website
Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area, named for the old Vesuvius iron furnace, is the Wayne National Forest’s premier developed recreation site. The 143-acre lake and 1,200-acre area provides the perfect spot for a getaway.

The 16-mile Vesuvius Backpack Trail winds through some of the most striking landscapes in Ohio. Wildlife abounds and the trails take you through open fields, along the lakeshore, through brushland, mature forest, and new forest.

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.

Ironton Ranger District, 6518 SR 93, Pedro, OH 740-534-6500

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Saturday: 10AM - 6PM
Sunday: Noon - 4PM

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Monday, Sept. 5, 2016


25 E. Linden Ave.
Miamisburg, OH 45342

Phone: (937) 847-8787

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