Hiking Radar Hill

Haley Nau

Haley Nau,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 8 September 2019

It’s fall in Athens! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is hike one of OUs famous hiking trails: Radar Hill. It’s located on a hill behind The Ridges off a back road. There are no markers for it besides a gravel parking lot and an ajar gate that signals the trail head.

The trail takes you mostly through open grassy fields which is perfect in the fall because the bugs and heat have died down, but deer are always roaming about. The tall grasses also turn a golden color that catches the light any time of the day.

The best time to go though is in the evening when the sun is about to set. Due to the open grass fields, you can get a spectacular view of the open sky as it changes colors.

The hike ends at the top of a hill that overlooks the hilly countryside surrounding Athens. Typically, there are groups of people (and maybe a few dogs) scattered about the top sitting on logs or rocks waiting for the sun to set. It is a rewarding ending to a not too difficult hike. I can’t wait to hit the trail once again!

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