While some might only think of hiking in warm weather months, we think winter hikes here in Northeast Ohio are wonderful. These cooler months offer a chance to see wildlife, get out of the house if you’re suffering a little cabin fever, and earn that cup of hot chocolate later in the evening! So, grab your gloves and boots and check out these incredible local trails for some great winter hiking near Columbus, OH.
You’ll want to take advantage of every moment while you’re here. Request a copy of our free Vacation Guide to start planning before you even arrive using this guide to our favorite local attractions.
Enjoy Winter Hiking Near Columbus, Ohio, with These Trails
Mohican State Park
Mohican State Park is about a 20-minute drive north of the Inn, and with more than 1,100 acres, you’ll find plenty of great hiking here. The Lyons Falls Trail, a moderate 2-mile trek, follows the striking Clear Fork Gorge and, true to its name, features two waterfalls. There are several easy, 1-mile trails, plus a ¾ mile route that follows the shore of the lake, offering pretty vistas. The park regularly hosts events, such as an upcoming Owl Hike on February 18, 2017, where you can learn all about these fascinating creatures. There is also a lodge on the property, with dining facilities.
Mohican Memorial Forest
The neighboring Mohican-Memorial Forest is dedicated to the memory of the more than 20,000 Ohio citizens killed in World War II and conflicts since then. This 4,535-acre forest has 32 miles of hiking trails that wind throughout, with attractions such as Pine Run Creek, a fire tower, and Clearfork Gorge. There is also a 1.5-mile Discovery Forest Interpretive Trail—a great option if you have kids in tow.
Honey Run Highlands Park
Honey Run Highlands Park is one of the prettiest parks in our area and features hiking trails, picnic facilities, and habitat restoration. The name comes from the Honey Run stream that cascades over a stunning waterfall. Hiking through the park, visitors cross over the stream on two bridges and pass by many interesting sites, including impressive Blackhand sandstone cliffs. Keep an eye out for barn owls, deer, ring-necked pheasants, and other wildlife that abound around here.
Kokosing Gap Trail
Just six miles from the Inn, the Kokosing Gap Trail is a 14-mile paved rail-trail that spans from Danville to Mt. Vernon. Along the way, hikers will cross the Koskosing River, and pass forests, wetlands, and villages. If you like a feel for nature not too far from town, this is it.
Malabar Farm State Park
Louis Bromfield was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who lived in the rolling countryside of Richland County. Her home in Pleasant Valley, called Malabar Farm, is now a state park and open to visitors. Enjoy a guided tour of the main house and outbuildings, then take a stroll on one of the scenic trails. There are a total of four easy trails, ranging in distance from .7 miles to 7 miles. Visit in March and you can enjoy the Maple Syrup Festival, held on Saturday and Sundays throughout the month.
Get Cozy at The White Oak Inn
That hot chocolate we promised? You’ll find it back here at The White Oak Inn, where you can sip it as you relax by your in-room fireplace. Snuggle up in our warm, romantic cabins with a bottle of wine and a picnic basket for two for a wonderful evening together. Check our availability to get started planning your stay, and explore our various packages to make this trip extra special.