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Ohio Barefoot Hikers

The Ohio Barefoot Hikers is an informal organization of people who share the enjoyment of hiking barefoot. Our hiking club has no membership dues and our only meetings are on the trails. Membership is FREE and open to everyone. We welcome singles, couples and families to join our group.

Hiking Barefoot!

Hiking barefoot is a truly great way to experience nature. Adding the sense of touch to the experience is like opening your eyes for the first time on a trail. You suddenly find yourself flooded by stimuli you never new existed. You will see the ground beneath you like you have never seen it before. Bare feet are tougher than many people think. Without shoes, bare feet provide better feedback, resulting in greater stability. The problems directly caused by shoes are absent. Hiking barefoot is healthy and fun!

Ohio has plenty of great barefoot friendly trails. We all have our favorites, but are always on the lookout for new ones. Let us know if you would like to join us on a hike and have a trail suggestion.

This site provides information about many of the trails we have hiked including some very detailed trail descriptions as well as directions to the trail heads.

Getting Started

Whether you are an experienced barefoot hiker or would like to try it for the first time, you are welcome to join our group on an outing. If this is your first time and you wish to carry shoes with you, then do so. However, we encourage you to at least try hiking barefoot.

Warning: Barefoot hiking can be highly addictive! Don't ever say we didn't warn you.

You will need to bring the following items:

  • Plenty of water! IMPORTANT! Amount depends on the hike length, difficulty, and time of year.

  • Rain gear or jacket depending on the weather.

  • First aid kit.

  • Food depending on hike length.

  • Insect repellent depending on the season.

  • Means of carrying the above.

You may also wish to bring a walking stick, camera, binoculars, shoes, etc.

Ohio Barefoot Hikers
Formerly Barefoot Hikers of Central Ohio
Established 1997

 

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