Gahanna Woods City Park and State Nature Preserve

Reynoldsburg, Ohio

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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 100 yards later a few grassy trail options appear. Travel a figure eight through a woodlot tucked behind a subdivision where tall pines provide a peaceful setting and a pleasing aroma. Pop back out at the parking lot and then glide into a more secluded portion of the hike. The Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve hosts the southern half of this trek; it’s fairly quiet except for the jets from Port Columbus International Airport 2 miles away. Nearly the entire hike is immersed in woodlands, and more than half traverses swamp habitat.
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by Robert Loewendick (Menasha Ridge Press)

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 100 yards later a few grassy trail options appear. Travel a figure eight through a woodlot tucked behind a subdivision where tall pines provide a peaceful setting and a pleasing aroma. Pop back out at the parking lot and then glide into a more secluded portion of the hike. The Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve hosts the southern half of this trek; it’s fairly quiet except for the jets from Port Columbus International Airport 2 miles away. Nearly the entire hike is immersed in woodlands, and more than half traverses swamp habitat.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Reynoldsburg
Length: 1.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Gahanna Woods Nature Preserve
Topo Map: Gahanna Woods: City Park and State Nature Preserve Topographic Map
Guide Book: Five-Star Trails: Columbus Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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