Due to a large glacier that covered most of Ohio during the Wisconsin Ice Age, Columbus has a fairly flat topography. However, a lack of rolling hills and snow covered peaks does not take away from Ohio’s beautiful nature. Built around two rivers – the Scioto to the west and the Olentangy in the middle – and crisscrossed by smaller creeks, Columbus’s landscape stands out with its deep ravines, shale walls, prairies, and waterways.
All of these wonders can be experienced on Columbus’s hiking trails. Here are our favorites.
Columbus offers the best of all seasons: snowy winters, green springs, hot sunny summers, and amber autumns. You might hike your favorite park during a different season and not even recognize it. Summer creeks glistening in the sun turn quiet under a sheet of ice in the winter. Pines take over the snowy landscape where maples, oaks, and buckeyes dominated just a few month ago. Young baby spring leaves turn to deep mature colors in the autumn. You’ll see different animals and different field flowers throughout the year. What are your favorite hiking spots in Columbus? Share with us.