Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife
While the length of this hike might pose a challenge to small children, its gentle elevation coupled with an abbreviated route could make a pleasant family outing.
Blendon Woods Metro Park offers visitors a fantastic place to get outside and play in the Columbus area. It offers a mixture of activities available in all seasons, from hiking and wildlife-viewing in the warmer months, to cross-country skiing and ice skating in the wintertime. For those interested in birding, the park's Thoreau Lake offers abundant waterfowl as well as viewing shelters to help you take it all in without disturbing the animals. As such, be sure to bring your camera and/or binoculars to make full use of this special experience!
Need to Know
Park hours are from 6:30am-8pm daily.
Starting from the main parking area near the ranger station, this hike as mapped takes you on a route hitting all the major trails in the park. If the nearly 6 mile length feels too long for your party, you can easily skip the out-and-back trails along the way (Sugarbush Trail
and Goldenrod Trail
). If you do that though, be sure to incorporate a visit to Thoreau Lake into your hike, as its beautiful scenery and surrounding wildlife refuge are truly a special feature of the park.
Flora & Fauna
This area hosts an abundance of dense hardwoods, including beech, oak, hickory, and maple. If you're looking for a fun game to play with kids, try to identify these different species of tree as you move through the forest.
Shared By: Hunter R