Now that summer is feeling like it’s halfway over, it’s time to start cramming in all of your still-to-do summer activities.
This summer I’ve explored more of the great outdoors here in Ohio than ever before and it’s been amazing. When I used to think of “things to do” around the city, I’ll admit I focused on concerts, going to new bars and restaurants, and other activities that involve a lot of other people in one space.
Now that we’ve all been forced to work a little physical distancing into our routines, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s discovered new parks and trails to explore around town. If you’ve been craving a little waterfront stroll, we’ve got some fantastic suggestions.
Walking along the paved paths of The Scioto Mile definitely isn’t hiking, but it is still a great way to get some steps in and admire the city. Along the mile, you’ll have fantastic views of the Columbus skyline, which is especially fantastic around sunset.
Address: 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215
Ready for a one-mile walk around a beautiful lake? Antrim Park has a pet-friendly trail, so don’t leave your four-legged friends at home! The loop is scenic and the perfect place to get a little extra exercise in. If you’d like to add a little fishing to your waterfront walk, you can do so at the lake which stocked once a year with Rainbow Trout by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Address: 5800 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43085
Griggs Reservoir Park
You can have a ton of fun visiting Griggs Resevoir. Nestled along the banks of the Scioto River, the park has access for boaters, as well as a disc golf course and a well-maintained walking trail. While you’re in the area, swing by Hayden Run Park to see a truly beautiful waterfall.
Address: 2933 Riverside Dr., Columbus, OH 43221
Scioto Grove Metro Park has a few spectacular trails that run right alongside the Scioto River. The REI River Trail is an easy, 2-mile trail (one way) that allows leashed dogs. My favorite spot to get great views of the river is on the Mingo Trail, where you can take an awesome rope bridge across the Scioto.
Address: 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123
Clear Creek Metro Park
Clear Creek Metro Park is my absolute favorite park to visit basically any time of the year, even if it is a bit of a drive. If you’re in the mood for an easy hike, hop on the Creekside Meadows Trail. The 1.7-mile one-way hike follows the banks of Clear Creek through the open fields of the park, making for amazing views and the perfect place to splash around a little if you feel like dipping your toes in the water.
Address: Clear Creek Rd, Rockbridge, OH 43149