Metro Parks 49th Annual Winter Hike Series

No matter how far, no matter when, Metro Parks Winter Hikes have a trail for you to enjoy! Hike under the Twinkling Lights in December, start the New Year with New Traditions in January and Warm Your Heart at a park in February. Each month will feature 6 different parks where you can take a walk, get your hike card stamped and even join a group for a walk. Bundle up, choose your route, grab a friend and go for a hike this winter in your Metro Parks.

  1. Visit the parks highlighted and hike any trail during the designated month.
  2. Have a staff member stamp your Winter Hike card.
  3. Hike 7 parks and receive a Metro Parks Winter Hike patch.
  4. Join us at the celebration on February 29th to receive your new Winter Hike patch.
  5. Visit Friends of Metro Parks to find out how to earn hike medallions and additional swag by hiking all 18 parks!

Winter Hike Kick-Off

December 1st 5-7 pm at Blacklick Woods Metro Park
Join us at the Nature Center for hot chocolate and take a walk along the boardwalk under the twinkling lights. We will also be accepting donations of canned food for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.


Twinkling Lights
Walk under the twinkling lights at Battelle Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods, Highbanks, Homestead and Inniswood during the month of December. Enjoy hot chocolate every Sunday from 5-7 pm at these parks. Consider dropping off canned food donations for Mid-Ohio Foodbank as well. Come out to Chestnut Ridge for special evening lantern walks and hot chocolate on Friday Dec. 17 & Saturday Dec. 18.

Photo: Gil Sears

Photo: Ken Browne


New Year, New Traditions
Gather your friends and family for a hike on any trail at Blendon Woods, Sharon Woods, Scioto Audubon, Clear Creek, Prairie Oaks and Three Creeks. Enjoy refreshments at parks during the times listed.
Saturday, January 8th 10am-2pm Blendon Woods
Sunday, January 9th 10am- 2pm Sharon Woods
Saturday, January 15th 10am-2pm Scioto Audubon
Saturday, January 22nd 10am-2pm Clear Creek
Sunday, January 23rd 10am-2pm Prairie Oaks
Saturday, January 29th 10am-2pm Three Creeks


Warm Your Heart
Each Saturday from 10am-noon stop by a campfire at Glacier Ridge, Pickerington Ponds, Rocky Fork, Scioto Grove, Slate Run and Walnut Woods and warm up before or after your hike. As you hike the trails, search for Metro Parks wooden ornaments to take home as our gift to our visitors.

Winter Hike Celebration!

Sunday, February 27th 11am-3pm at Blacklick Golf Course
Hike along the paths of our Audubon Sanctuary Golf Course, collect your Winter Hike patch or Friends of Metro Parks hiking stick and medallion, enjoy hot chocolate, warm up by the fire, and borrow our skates to glide around the ice rink!

Photo: John Nixon

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!