Explore the Great Outdoors of Columbus

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Columbus Outdoors
It’s been a long winter, stretched even longer with a cool spring.

May is the unofficial start of summer, however, so it’s the perfect time to release some built-up energy at some of the Columbus area’s hottest outdoor spots.

Use Your Metro Parks

The Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks are perfect places to connect with nature. With locations throughout the metropolitan area, you’re never far from a multitude of recreational opportunities, including walking, biking, canoeing, fishing, play areas and a climbing wall. You can find a full list of activities and which parks offer them here.

Hayden Falls Park

A beautiful 35-foot waterfall is your natural reward at the end of a short walk at Hayden Falls Park in Dublin. A boardwalk, steps and overlook increase the accessibility of the area while preserving the gorge ecosystem on the west side of the Scioto River.

ZipZone Outdoor Adventures

Adventure seekers need look no further than ZipZone Outdoor Adventures, a guided zip line tour in the treetops of Camp Mary Orton on the north side of Columbus. Take in the city’s natural landscape by zipping from platform to platform and by walking across sky bridges.

Olentangy Trail

Connecting Worthington to downtown Columbus, the Olentangy Trail winds through several neighborhoods along the Olentangy River. The pathway, which travels through the heart of the Ohio State University campus, includes trailheads at several city parks such as Antrim Park and Whetstone Park.

Paddle Party

Paddle in the City gives new or experienced kayakers a weekly opportunity to enjoy Columbus via the Scioto River from May through October. The series is sponsored by HERO USA – a nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference to disadvantaged children in the community – in partnership with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Tour guides are certified instructors and all participants receive an introduction to paddling safety before hitting the water.

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