Best Hikes Columbus: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls

Best Hikes Columbus: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls

by Johnny Molloy

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Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? In Best Hikes Columbus veteran hiker Johnny Molloy offers the absolute best hikes in the greater Columbus area. Each featured trail is perfect for the urban and suburbanite hard-pressed to find outdoor activities close to home. This guide leads you up hills, over creeks, and through forests to the best outdoor adventures around Columbus:

·Discover incredible vistas and spectacular rock formations at Conkles Hollow
·Explore an aboriginal village site at Battelle Darby Creek Park.
·Experience Ohio’s natural beauty at the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.

Every chapter includes up-to-date hike specs, a brief hike description, directional cues, and a detailed map.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493038039
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Best Hikes Near Series
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 613,403
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Johnny Molloy is an American writer and adventurer who has explored much of the United States, spending over 4,000 nights backpacking, canoe camping and tent camping throughout the country over the past three decades. His writings include hiking guidebooks, camping guidebooks, paddling guidebooks, comprehensive guidebooks about a specific area, as well as true outdoor adventure books. Johnny continues writing and adventuring to this day. For the latest on Johnny, please visit

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction viii

How to Use This Guide xiv

Trail Finder xvii

Map Legend xx

Northwest Hikes 1

1 Lakes and Plains of Prairie Oaks Metro Park 3

2 Coneflower Trail at Prairie Oaks Metro Park 8

3 Buck Creek State Park Shoreline Ramble 13

4 Glacier Ridge Hike 18

5 Blues Creek Preserve 23

6 Stratford Ecological Center Hike 28

7 Deer Haven Park 33

8 Highbanks Hike 38

Northeast Hikes 43

9 Hikes of Blendon Woods 45

10 Sharon Woods Loops 50

11 Hiking Network of Alum Creek State Park 55

12 Delaware State Park Loop 60

13 Mount Gilead State Park Hike 65

14 Dawes Arboretum 70

15 Dawes Arboretum East 75

16 Flint Ridge State Memorial 80

17 Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve 85

18 Mane Hickey Loop at Blackhand Gorge 90

Southeast Hikes 95

19 Three Creeks Hike 97

20 Blacklick Woods Hike 102

21 Hikes of Pickerington Ponds Metro Park 107

22 Chestnut Ridge Hike 112

23 Slate Run Hike 117

24 Stages Pond State Nature Preserve 122

25 Shallenberger State Nature Preserve 127

26 Hargus Lake Loop at A. W. Marion State Park 132

27 Alley Park Hike 137

28 Clear Creek Loop 142

29 Rockbridge State Nature Preserve 148

30 Cantwell Cliffs Loops 153

31 Conkles Hollow Hike 159

32 Ross Hollow Loop 164

33 North Loop of the Logan Trail 169

34 South Loop of the Logan Trail 174

35 Great Seal State Park Loop 179

Southwest Hikes 184

36 Deer Creek State Park Vistas 186

37 Clifton Gorge 191

38 Battelle Darby Double Loop 196

39 Dyer Mill Loop 201

40 Scioto Audubon Metro Park Walk 206

Hike Index 210

About the Author 211

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