Mar 28, 2022 - Things to Do

5 great walking trails in Columbus

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Scioto Trail. Photo courtesy of AllTrails

Spring is here, which means we're ready to get our steps in. Here are a few walking trails to add to your rotation suggested by Axios' Brianna Crane.

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Scioto Trail

When you're in the mood for a mix of city and nature views, this trail should do the trick.

  • Surface: Paved
  • Length: 6.4 miles
  • Parking: Dodge Park (667 Sullivant Ave.) or Berliner Sports Park (1300 Deckenbach Rd.)
Alum Creek Trail

This scenic, lengthy trail takes you through parks and over cool bridges.

  • Surface: Asphalt, concrete
  • Length: 25.2 miles
  • Parking: Alum Creek Park North (221 W. Main St., Westerville) or Three Creeks Park (3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport)
A path through woods
Alum Creek Trail. Photo courtesy of AllTrails
Olentangy Trail

On this trail, you'll travel along its namesake river and pass through Ohio State University's campus.

  • Surface: Paved
  • Length: 13.1 miles
  • Parking: Worthington Hills Park (7740 Olentangy River Rd., Worthington), Antrim Park (5800 Olentangy River Rd.), Northmoor Park (3601 Olentangy Blvd.) or Tuttle Park (240 W. Oakland Ave.)
A bridge flanked by trees
Olentangy Trail. Photo courtesy of AllTrails
Park of Roses

A picturesque place for leisurely exercise. Take time to stop and smell the ... well, you know.

  • Surface: Paved
  • Length: 1.8 miles
  • Parking: Whetstone Park (3923 North High St.)
Rose bushes surround a fountain
Columbus Park of Roses. Photo courtesy of AllTrails
Big Walnut Trail

If you're looking for a family-friendly stroll by the water, this trail is worth adding to your list.

  • Surface: Paved
  • Length: 1.6 miles
  • Parking: Hoover Reservoir Park (7701 Sunbury Rd., Westerville), Academy Park (1201 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna) or Elk Run Park (3600 Hendron Rd.)
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Big Walnut Trail. Photo courtesy of AllTrails
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