Columbus November 08, 2017
8 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In Columbus
Natural areas are arguably the best place to spend time, learn, and have fun. We all have different levels of experience with the outdoors, and there are so many metro parks in Columbus to explore that offer trails suitable to all sorts of hikers. If you’re looking for some hiking adventures that would be enjoyable for little ones, seniors, and anyone in between, check out some of the beautiful easy trails around Columbus.
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1. Brookside Trail at Blendon Woods Metro Park
This is a gravel 0.8-mile one-way trail. It will take you through the gorgeous beech-maple and oak-hickory forest of the park and cross Ripple Rock Creek. Blendon Woods is filled with deep ravines and beautiful views. It is a great park for bird watching.
Blendon Woods Metro Park is located at 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081.
2. Lakeview Trails at Prairie Oaks Metro Park
This is a 0.9-mile hike that is a mix of paved road, gravel, and grass pathways. It actually consists of two trails; the Lake Trail will take you past several small lakes, and the Mound Trail will take you around a small Indian mound. Enjoy the wildflowers and the scenic water views!
Prairie Oaks Metro Park is located at 3225 Plain City-Georgesville Rd. West, Jefferson, OH 43162.
3. Edward S. Thomas at Sharon Woods Metro Park
This trail is a 1.1 mile loop that is gravel lined and ADA accessible. This wonderful hike will take you through the Edward S. Thomas State Nature Preserve. You will see large burr oak trees and an observation deck on the Schrock Lake. Just remember to be mindful of the preserve and remain on the designated trail at all times.
Sharon Woods Metro Park is located at 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081.
4. Confluence Trail at Three Creeks Metro Park
This one-mile dirt trail will take you past the beautiful area where Blacklick, Big Walnut, and Alum Creeks merge into one. There is a wonderful open area by the confluence with a bench to relax and enjoy the scenery. It’s also easy to walk down to the water if you like skipping rocks.
Three Creeks Metro Park is located at 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH 43125.
5. Red Oaks Trail at Glacier Ridge Metro Park
The Red Oaks Trail is a 0.8-mile hike with a short loop on either side. This trail will take you through some of the most wooded parts of the park and several of the woodland restoration areas. Enjoy the beautiful views of red oaks all around you.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park is located at 9801 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City, OH 43064.
6. Maple Trail at Blacklick Woods Metro Park
This is a 0.9-mile trail that is ADA accessible and has gravel pathways. You will hike through a loop among a beautiful beech-maple forest and see many varieties of trees, including oak, white ash, red maple, elm, shagbark, bitternut hickory, and dogwood. You will also pass a small wetland on your way, which is a fantastic place for bird watching.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park is located at 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.
7. Turkey Foot Trail and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
This is a 0.5-mile loop with a grass trail. Here you will enjoy the beautiful and peaceful scenes of Central Ohio’s grasslands and prairies. Darby Creek is a very large metro park and this is a good place to start exploring all it has to offer.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is located at 1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119.
8. Scenic River Trail at Highbanks Metro Park
This is a 0.6-mile one-way trail located within a forested area of Highbanks Metro Park. It is gravel and ADA accessible. The trail runs along the Olentangy River, giving you wonderful water views. The entire trail is located within a Natural Play Area, where hikers and children are encouraged to wander off the path and explore the wilderness around them.
Highbanks Metro Park is located at 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035.
Are you ready to set out on these hikes? You can find more details about all of these awesome areas on the Metro Parks website,
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