Our first time at Blendon Woods was during the Columbus Metro Park Winter Hiking Series (Hike 7). The trails were snow covered and a bit icy, but made for a beautiful winter hike through the park. We decided to take a trip back and check out the fun activities that they have for the kids! Let's just say this place is on the top of the list for the kids! Spoiler alert: There is a hidden surprise at the end that was extremely fun!!!!
Overlook, Hickory Ridge and Brookside Trails.
Roughly 2 miles. We started at the Natural Play area then made a loop from the following trails: Overlook trail to Hickory Ridge, stopped at the nature center, and came back on the Brookside trail.
Weather and Trail conditions:
We got to to the park late afternoon and it was hot! It was in the upper 80's. Trails were nice and shaded, which made for a comfortable hike. The trails were fairly dry and well maintained.
Wild Turkeys! This was an unexpected find today!
...and of course squirrels!
There is plenty of parking all over the park, which makes it so nice to be able to park by the activities you are most interested in.
There is a set of restrooms not too far from the natural play area and also in the Nature Center. Both are very nice and have running water.
A good pair of shoes is always recommended! It is also very wooded, so bring along the bug stray and make sure to always check for ticks.
Nature Center and Activities:
What a fun place for kids! There is a nature center and also a natural play area. The natural play area is one of the larger ones that we have seen in the parks. It includes a see-saw, a lot of climbing ropes, and a zip line. The zip line was the highlight for our kids! There is also plenty of shade in this area, which makes it a great place to come even when it's hot outside.
4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH
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