All of the Columbus Metro Parks are amazing, but the Tall Pines area at Walnut Woods is on another level.
Walnut Woods is “1,098 acres of woodlands and fields” located in Groveport. It has a cute dog park, a clean and new playground, and restored wetlands, but we’re here today to talk about the awe-inspiring stands of pine and sweetgum trees.
Sweetgum trees may not be native to northern and central Ohio but they have long been used as great shade tree options here. They also happen to offer some of the most beautiful fall colors once the leaves start changing, which only adds to the magic at Walnut Woods.
Of course, the real show-stopper at the park is the pine trees that tower over a semi-paved path. But I’m sure you’re sick of hearing me talk about the park. Let’s actually take a look at it.
When you arrive, this sign will greet you:
Much of the park looks like your normal, lovely Ohio outdoor area.
You’ll see wild flowers:
Stands of nursery trees:
Pretty Ohio landscapes:
And stunning sights:
But then the landscape starts to change:
The woods begin to close in:
And you find yourself in Tall Pines:
Fallen pine needles make piles as thick as you’ve ever seen:
You can barely make out the sky, because the towering trees are all encompassing:
You’ve transported yourself to another world, one that feels nothing like central Ohio:
Walnut Woods is located at 6716 Lithopolis Road Groveport, OH 43125. To learn more about the park, please visit metroparks.net.
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