The Great Outdoors: 7 Hiking Trails Near Columbus

Are you feeling the urge to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air? Columbus has walking paths and hiking trails waiting to be explored. Here are some popular sites that are great for exercising and relaxation.

The Great Outdoors: 7 Hiking Trails Near Columbus

Olentangy Trail

This trail is 3.4 miles long and connects Worthington to The Ohio State University campus. Olentangy Trail is an easy path for hikers, bikers and joggers and has many scenic views. It’s a good place for a quiet stroll and takes about an hour to complete.

Scioto Mile

The Scioto Mile is in the heart of downtown Columbus, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a trail close to the city. The Scioto Trail Loop is about 6.4 miles and is an easy, flat expanse suited for walking, running, biking and walking your pets. There are even off-leash spots to let your pets run. The path follows the Scioto River, providing plenty of views and scenic stops.

Atrium Park Lake Trail

Nestled in the 120 acres of Antrim Park, this 1.2-mile trail encompasses a lake. The lake trail is surrounded by soccer, softball and frisbee fields, so you can come on a solo stroll or bring a group of friends for a pickup game. There are plenty of benches along Antrim Park Lake Trail, so you can stop to rest and enjoy your surroundings.

Big Run Park Loop

You’ll find lush woods to explore along this three-mile trail. The moderate elevation changes make Big Run Park Loop slightly more challenging but not strenuous. The trail features straight paths, loops and switchbacks. There are also ridges along the trail that are great for birding.

Cantwell Cliffs Loop

This 1.8-mile loop is found in Hocking Hills State Park, about an hour south of Columbus. If you’re looking for a more challenging trek, this is the place to be. The first half of Cantwell Cliffs Loop takes you through dense forest, and the second half opens on stone cliffs. The steeper grades in the trail weave around natural features, including Sand Cave and Conkle’s Hollow.

Dripping Rock and Overlook Loop

This 5.5-mile trail in Highbanks Metro Park is a moderate hike that’s more rugged than your average walking path. The beautiful landscape includes a river, forests, meadows and rocky overhangs. The trail is open year-round and is great for hiking and trail running. Pets are not permitted.

Hemlock Trail

Located in Clear Creek Metro Park in Rockbridge, Ohio, Hemlock Trail runs along ridges, rocky outcroppings and waterfalls. As the name suggests, the trail features coniferous hemlock trees, as well as wildflowers and plenty of wildlife. The trail is 1.5 miles long and follows a steep ravine. The heavily forested trail provides ample shade and cooler temperatures in the summer.

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