Visit one of the metro parks for sledding, skiing, hiking, ice skating and walking during the winter.

Winter activities at Metro Parks

Avoid cabin fever and get some exercise visiting the Metro Parks during the winter months, too. You can go hiking, skiing, ice skating and sledding at the Metro Parks.

Winter Hikes

Metro Parks is offering a winter hike badge for participants of 7 or more of its winter hikes. Here's a schedule of the remaining hikes:

Sat Jan 26 / 10am - 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 miles
Sun Jan 27 / 2pm - 2 miles
Sat Feb 2 / 10am - 2, 4 or 6 miles
Sun Feb 3 / 2pm - 1.4 or 2 miles
Sat Feb 9 / 10am - 2.5 or 5 miles
Sun Feb 10 / 2pm - 2 miles
Sat Feb 16 / 10am - 1, 3 or 5.6 miles
Sun Feb 17 / 2pm - 2.5 or 5 miles
Sat Feb 23 / 10am - 2, 4 or 6 mile

Cross-Country Skiing
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Blacklick Woods Golf Courses
Blendon Woods Metro Park
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park
Clear Creek Metro Park
Glacier Ridge Metro Park
Heritage Trail
Highbanks Metro Park
Pickerington Ponds Metro Park
Prairie Oaks Metro Park
Slate Run Metro Park
Three Creeks Metro Park
Walnut Woods Metro Park

Ice skating

I went to check out the ice skating pond at Blendon Woods last month and it was a decent place to skate. I do caution that you must have pretty good skating skills as the ice is uneven in many places. A few people were playing some impromptu hockey when I arrived and again before I left. Battelle Darby Creek offers skating near the picnic area. There is also outdoor ice skating at Delaware State Park and near the Dublin Rec Center if Blendon Woods is too busy for your liking.

Sledding Battelle Darby Creek Pickerington Ponds Highbanks Sharon Woods Blendon Woods-kids only

*For a list of more central Ohio sledding hills, check out our guide

Sustainable Choices exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory

Test your knowledge on sorting recyclables and learn about sustainable choices when visiti this NRG! traveling exhibit. Find out more here