Are you planning a summer vacation to Central Ohio this year? Do you want to enjoy a leisurely hike while you are there? If so, you may want to consider visiting one of these great destinations:
Deer Creek State Park
Deer Creek State Park is located in Pickaway County. It features more than 20 miles of trails, several of which are suitable for hiking. Summer hikers looking for a bit of a workout may want to consider exploring the 2.5 mile long Rolling Hills Trail. It is a one-way trail that features a few inclines, shady spots and lake views. The 1.5 mile long Ridge Trail is nice too. It features a wildlife observation area.
A.W. Marion State Park
A.W. Marion State Park is also located in Pickaway County. It features roughly 6 miles of summer hiking trails. I'd suggest that trekkers contemplate taking the 5 mile long Hargus Lake Trail. It encircles the lake and passes by the A.W. Marion Memorial. There are also two wonderful nature preserves located nearby. Each one offers additional hiking opportunities.
Mt. Gilead State Park
Mt. Gilead State Park is located in Morrow County. It features more than 4 miles of summer hiking trails. Hikers may want to think about exploring the 0.31 mile long Whetstone Trail. A section of it follows Whetstone Creek. The creek is an excellent spot to catch sight of river snails, water pennies and fingernail clams. The 1.7 mile long Lakeside Trail is worthy of consideration as well. It passes by two modest lakes and connects to the 1.5 mile long Piney Woods Loop.
Delaware State Park
Delaware State Park is located in Delaware County. It features more than 5 miles of summer hiking trails. I'd suggest that trekkers consider taking the 1.6 mile long Lakeview Trail because it includes views of the Delaware Reservoir. I'd also suggest that hikers consider visiting the Delaware Wildlife Area. It is located on the other side of the reservoir. Both areas are excellent spots to look for cottontail rabbits, marsh hawks, king rails and long-eared owls.
Alum Creek State Park
Alum Creek State Park is located in Delaware County as well. It features more than 7 miles of trails that are suitable for summer hikes. It's a good place to go if you want to hike with your dogs. There is even a dog park on site. I'd recommend that leisurely hikers consider taking the Hollenback Trail. The trail passes by Alum Creek Lake, a picnic area and the dog park.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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