Metro Parks Winter Hike Series

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

One of the biggest issues with the winter time is lack of willingness or drive to actually get outside and take a hike. Enter the Winter Hike Series with the Metro Parks of Franklin County. I was able to speak with Peggy Hanley, the director of the winter hike series, now in its 45th year of existence. The main goal is to encourage people to stay active throughout the winter time in Central Ohio, which is sometimes hard when it is cold, dark and snowy. 

Each week features one of 13 Metro Parks and you are able to do a 1-mile, 3-mile or 5-mile (if available) hike, followed by hot cocoa and soups and even marshmallow roasting! If you complete all 13 hikes, you get a patch, which is a pretty cool prize just for taking a hike once a week!

Walnut Woods Metro Park

Walnut Woods Metro Park

"For several in the community, it is a tradition among families and or friends that have been going on for years," Peggy mentioned.

The schedule for the 2018 Winter Hike Series can be found here and we at Hashtag 59 also hope to invite our community to a few of the hikes! Our first will be Sunday January 21st and you can RSVP HERE!

Scioto Grove Metro Park....I actually fell into the water right as this photo was being taken. Oops!

Scioto Grove Metro Park....I actually fell into the water right as this photo was being taken. Oops!

What to do Afterwards:

Since many of our Metro Parks are located in the suburban areas of Columbus, there are a few places to swing by before or after:

  • BrewDog, located in Canal Winchester near Three Creeks Metro Park
  • German Village and the Book Loft, located in downtown Columbus, near the Scioto Audubon Metro Park
  • IKEA, located near the Highbanks Metro Park where you can pick up all the POÄNG and VIDGA your heart desires!

Don't forget to grab one of your Limited Edition 2017 Prints for the holidays while they last!  These go out of style after the New Year!

Thanks for being a part of our community.  We appreciate YOU!  Do you have anything you would add on your favorite local metro park?  Comment below!

Because Adventure Travel Feeds the Soul,
Amy and the Hashtag 59 Team