Winter Hikes Series starts soon

(Posted Nov. 21, 2023)

Metro Parks is ready to welcome hikers during its 2023-24 Winter Hike Series which runs December through February. Three of the parks in the system–Battelle Darby Creek, Glacier Ridge, and Prairie Oaks–include acreage in Madison County. The other 16 parks can be found in and around Franklin County.

The series’ kickoff is set for 5-7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Homestead Metro Park. The event includes hot chocolate and twinkling lights.

Twinkling lights can be found during the month of December at Battelle Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods, Highbanks, Homestead, and Inniswood parks. The lights go on at dark. Walk at anytime. Evening lantern walks are set for 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Chestnut Ridge.

In January, refreshments will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows:
• Jan. 6 at Prairie Oaks;
• Jan. 7 at Walnut Woods;
• Jan. 13 at Sharon Woods;
• Jan. 14 at Slate Run;
• Jan. 20 at Scioto Audubon;
• Jan. 21 at Rocky Fork;
• Jan. 27 at Clear Creek; and
• Jan. 28 at Scioto Grove.

In February, enjoy hot drinks and treats from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows:
• Feb. 3 at Blendon Woods;
• Feb. 4 at Pickerington Ponds;
• Feb. 10 at Glacier Ridge;
• Feb. 11 at Quarry Trails; and
• Feb. 17 at Three Creeks.

A season wrap-up celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Blacklick Woods Golf Course.

Anyone who hikes at seven or more of the parks in the series receives a winter hike patch. Go to to print a winter hike card, then have a park staff member stamp the card after each hike. Anyone who hikes all 19 parks in the series can earn hike medallions and other swag.

Visit for details and directions.

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