Five-Star Trails Columbus  by Robert Loewendick

Five-Star Trails: Columbus Guide Book

by Robert Loewendick (Menasha Ridge Press)
Five-Star Trails Columbus  by Robert Loewendick
Five-Star Trails: Columbus is the most current and comprehensive guide to hiking the area and rates hikes on the following factors: scenery, trail condition, difficulty, appropriateness for children, and solitude. Each hikes also includes detailed landmarks, flora, fauna, and local history. In this Columbus guide, an impressive collection of routes ranges north, east, south, and west from the metro center, as well as within the urban setting. This capital city is rich in metro parks, natural areas and preserves, state parks, and state forests. And this diversity of hiking terrain invites all levels of abilities and skills. Thus, this guidebook is geared not only to avid trekkers seeking more challenge than a paved neighborhood path, but also to families and senior citizens. Outdoor enthusiasts of every stripe will have reason to grab this book and, well, take a hike.

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Trails from the "Five-Star Trails: Columbus" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 31.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 31.

A canoe gliding across the surface of Hargus Lake is only one of the pleasant scenes a hiker may encounter while circling the shore. Hargus Lake Trail runs through a hardwood forest, up and down ridge ...
East Ringgold, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
This 300-acre park is packed with a network of hiking trails covering it all. Our hike starts at the lodge overlooking the park’s easily accessed fishing lake. A wide, groomed stone path sneaks out of ...
Lancaster, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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Battelle Darby Creek is the largest park in the Metro Park system. The Big Darby and Little Darby Creeks, both designated State and National Scenic Rivers, run through its center. The Ancient Trail tr ...
West Jefferson, OH - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.9
Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve offers hikers two options—a level, paved roadway path and one that caters to the more adventurous. If you prefer solitude on the trail, then the Marie Hickey Trai ...
Toboso, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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A brick paved path welcomes hikers at the parking area and then leads to the nature center and the trailhead. This hike connects the Buttonbush, Walter A. Tucker, Maple Loop, and Beech Trails to make ...
Reynoldsburg, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
A walk in the woods drops down a ridge to stroll by a woodland creek that includes two crossings on footbridges. A short stint on a connector trail brings you back by your vehicle, but before leaving, ...
Hoover Reservoir, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
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The Ridge Trail is all uphill for the first quarter of this hike. The climb through forested ridge is invigorating, but also informative thanks to several interpretive signs strategically placed along ...
Carroll, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
Walk through a creekside meadow of wildflowers to reach the start of a 4-mile stretch of seclusion and serenity. After climbing a steep switchback to the ridgetop, cruise along a mowed service road. V ...
Rockbridge, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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Conkle’s Hollow features a fine representation of what the popular Hocking Hills region is all about, and without a lot of company on the trails. Cruise the concrete Gorge Trail up the center of the d ...
South Bloomingville, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
The Oak Trail is the longest hiking trail at Dawes Arboretum, which gives hikers the most interaction with this special place. The numerous collections of trees and plants are grouped in sections, and ...
Jacksontown, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
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Explore a wide valley floor and its meadows, tree rows, and ponds flourishing with wildlife. Stay on the trails, as you will see many red flags marking various research plantings. Enjoy the forest of ...
Licking County, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
The American Indians considered this wide ridge an important source of the vital mineral flint. Today, the material and the efforts to extract it remain the highlight of the place. Trails lead trekker ...
Toboso, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
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The partnering of a city park with a neighboring state nature preserve creates a quick but nature-filled getaway without leaving the city. Walk a paved maintenance road to escape the parking area, and ...
Reynoldsburg, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
Walk the prairie covering a rise in the flat landscape that was created by a receding glacier 15,000 years ago. Urban sprawl has worked its way up from Columbus, but is held at bay by the Glacier Ridg ...
Worthington, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
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The trip begins with dozens of steps down stone stairs to a valley bottom crossed with flowing creeks. The trail rises slowly from the creek bottom to rock formations created by nature, and remnants o ...
Yellow Springs, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
Although hatcheries are usually about fish, it’s the birdlife here that attracts hikers. The 25-acre wetland will hold your attention as you tread along and through the carefully managed swamp. In the ...
Buckeye Lake, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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Before the hike, tour the comprehensive nature center to learn about the landscape. Tread through a forest to an observation deck at a meadow’s edge. Continue your walk through the woods and cross a f ...
Lewis Center, OH - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.8
Walk through a gorge with some of Ohio’s most-visited geological wonders at Hocking Hills State Park. Follow Grandma Gatewood’s Trail past Old Man’s Cave and several impressive rock formations created ...
South Bloomingville, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.7
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Two trails, Woodland Ridge and Pinegrove, lead hikers through two primary forest environments, deciduous and evergreen. The loops are linked with a ravine crossing on a 40-foot wooden bridge, and a se ...
Kilbourne, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
The trail travels over diverse topography, including prairie lands, steep hillsides, and mixed forest. Each turn exposes a change in wildlife habitat, which creates equally diverse viewing opportuniti ...
Licking County, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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