COLUMBUS, Ohio — The gray weather may be keeping you inside and feeling unmotivated, but the Metro Parks and Ohio Department of Natural Resources still have plenty of activities even through the winter season.
The winter season is a special time at each of the parks to see different foliage, critters, and special features of the trial.
When it does snow, you can sled on several hills and ice skate at Blendon Woods and Battelle Darby Creek through the winter.
Each time you visit a Metro Park you can stamp your ticket to travel booklet. After seven hikes, visitors can turn in their completed booklet for a Winter Hike patch by emailing them or dropping it off at their office on W. Main Street in Westerville.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has also started offering virtual hikes with a tour guide to each park through its YouTube page.
Their naturalist-led series will walk you through winter hikes, pointing out special features along each of the trails.
You can find the closest Metro Park near you here.