By Meg Berno
Posted On: Jan 9, 2021
Winter in Ohio is one of the most beautiful times to explore a State Park during a winter hike. Each year the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites outdoor enthusiasts and hiking beginners alike to join in the fun on a winter hike, and this year, they're going virtual!
Throughout the winter months, virtual hikes of state park trails, including well-known favorites and less-traveled options, will be presented on Facebook and the ODNR website by knowledgeable guides. ODNR will be releasing a limited-edition 2021 Ohio Winter Hike patch so hikers can commemorate their participation in the virtual hike program.
NOTE: Check directly with places before your visit to learn about their health guidelines, hours and safety updates.
Hueston Woods State Park in College Corner
Although "College Corner" might suggest that Hueston Woods is located in a busy college town, this State Park is safely nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Miami University. Hike one of their lesser known trails - like the Hedgerow Road Project Trail - for ensured social distancing.
Malabar Farm State Park in Lucas
Head to the glaciated Appalachian Plateau region and former estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield for a hike this winter. Stroll along the park's Butternut Trail and gaze at the beauty that is the backdrop of Bromfield's biography.
More Ohio Winter Hikes to Check Out:
- Lake Hope State Park's Buzzard Cave Trail
- Maumee Bay State Park's Cabin Road Trail
- Marblehead Lighthouse State Park's Lighthouse Trail
- Pymatuning State Park's Beaver Dam Trail
- Mary Jane Thurston State Park's Blue Trail
- Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park
- Burr Oak State Park's Lakeview & Buckeye Trails
- Wingfoot Lake State Park's Storybook Trail
Let this schedule spark your interest in embracing winter in Ohio and finding your new favorite hiking trail this season. For more event details and winter safety tips, visit the ODNR website.
*Hero photo credit: Malabar Farm State Park, Facebook