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Sunday, April 20 -- Three Creeks Confluence Park, Ratings: E/S 2/2
Time: 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. We will hike past the confluence of the park's namesake and enjoy the fauna found along the way. Wear hiking boots as conditions may be muddy or slick. Meet at the Confluence bulletin board by the restroom at 3669 Bixby Rd., Groveport. Bring a snack or lunch if hiking both sessions of 3 miles each. Contact leader for further information.
Friday, April 25 -- Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Ratings: E/S 1/1
Time: 7:00 PM. Join us for a walk starting from the Grange Insurance Audubon Center at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. We will look for birds on the Whittier Peninsula, followed by a hike through the park, downtown, and the Brewery District. This is a nice hike blending nature with the city. Meet at the Audubon Center parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes for uneven walkways. The Audubon Center is located at 505 West Whittier Street in downtown Columbus. We will be walking about 3.5 miles, followed by an optional dinner after the hike. Contact leaders Avalon and David Espinoza at for further information.
Sunday, April 27 -- Great Seal State Park Day Hike, Ratings: E/S 4/5
Time: 9:00 AM. This state park takes its name from the emblem of Ohio which it helped to inspire. Great Seal is situated on the western edge of the Appalachian Plateau and offers views of the Scioto Valley to the west and south. This 9+ mile hike spans the southern region, the hilly Bunker Hill and Mt Ives Trails, and then extends northward to Rocky Knob. It is a strenuous hike on steep hills and ridge-tops. Bring water, lunch, suitable attire and meet at 9 AM behind Tim Hortons in the Great Southern Shopping Center on U.S 23 just north of I-270. Contact leader for further information.
Friday, May 2 -- Blendon Woods Metro Park, Ratings: E/S 2/3
Time: 7:00 PM. Time: 7:00 PM. Meet in the parking lot near the nature center. We will walk for about 3 miles in the woods with rolling hills. There is an optional dinner after the hike. Directions: I-270 to route 161 East, and follow the (brown) signs to the park, and bear left to reach the nature center parking lot. Contact leader for further information.
Sunday, May 4 -- Downtown Columbus, Ratings: E/S 3/3
Time: 11:00 AM. This is a dog friendly hike. This 10 mile hike will take us through Victorian Village, the Short North, and the State House grounds, Columbus Commons, German Village, 1 the Whittier Peninsula and the Audubon Center. We will also walk along the Scioto Mile and visit the North Market for ice cream at the end of the walk. Meet at the Dennison Ave. parking lot at Goodale Park. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring lunch and water. Contact leader for further information.
Wednesday, May 7 -- Franklin Park, Ratings: E/S 1/1
Time: 6:30 PM. Time:6:30pm Enjoy an hour long stroll through this scenic and historic park just 4 miles east of downtown Columbus. Meet inside the east entrance of the Conservatory located at 1777 E. Broad St. Come early for the Farmers market. Contact leader for further information.
Friday, May 9 -- Grove City, Ratings: E/S 1/2
Time: 7:00 PM. We will meet at Grove City Library, 3359 Park Street, Grove City. The walk will start at the library and proceed through the local neighborhood. An optional dinner will take place after the hike. Contact leader for further information.
Saturday, May 10 -- Early Bloomers Walk, Ratings: E/S 1/1
Time: 9:30 AM. This walk is intended as a group-instructional and discovery event of some 2 miles. We will stop continuously as we move about and give ourselves the time to explore, identify and appreciate the flora growing in this rich habitat. This scenic area of the Little Miami River / Clifton Gorge was the first in OH designated as a State as well as a National Scenic River. Bring water, snacks, field manual, appropriate attire and boots. Meet behind Bob Evans Restaurant at Westland Shopping Center (just east of I-270 and West Broad St.). Contact leader for further information.
Friday, May 16 -- Sharon Woods Metro Park, Ratings: E/S 2/2
Time: 7:00 PM. Meet in the Apple Ridge parking lot at 7 pm. We'll hike through woods, meadows, and around Schrock Lake. Although much of the terrain is flat, be prepared to navigate a few small and possibly muddy hills. Sharon Woods is located north of I-270 at 6911 Cleveland Avenue in Westerville. The Apple Ridge area is the first right from the main park road. Contact leader for further information.
Sunday, May 18 -- Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park Day Hike, Ratings: E/S 2/2
Time: 9:00 AM. This 6 to 8 hike will begin at scenic Clifton Gorge with many unusual natural sights along the Little Miami River. We'll also read about an incredible escape across the gorge by a member of Daniel Boone's party and . Bring lunch, water, and hiking boots, and meet behind Bob Evans Restaurant at Westland Shopping Center (just east of I-270 and West Broad St.). Contact leader for further information.