It can be scary getting started on hiking. You’d like to go with a friend and enjoy the hike and conversation because talking to yourself and answering isn’t a good practice.
The Buckeye Trail Association has a Meet-Up group. This is a group of really nice people who just like to hike and meet other people who do to. Here is a link to their information about upcoming hikes: http://www.miamiriverschapter.org/
The great thing about the group besides the peeps in it is that hikes are often offered to different skill groups. This is good news no matter what your skill level–If you are a beginner you aren’t looking at everyone’s backsides in the way-far distance and if you are an experienced hiker who wants to ramp up your heartbeat you aren’t worried about leaving folks in your wake.
Buckeye Trail Association website is www.buckeyetrail.org.