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for description of Outings, Friday Night Hikes, and the Outings Rating System (E/S).
Friday, March 7 -- New Albany, Ratings: E/S 2/2
Time: 7:00 PM. We will walk around the prestigious New Albany golf club and the surrounding neighborhoods. Meet at 200 Market Street in New Albany and park at the northeast corner of the library. (The far right corner when facing the library). (Flashlight and reflective clothing is recommended). There will be an optional dinner after the hike at a local restaurant. Contact leader for further information.
Sunday, March 9 -- Highbanks Metro Park Day Hike, Ratings: E/S 2/2
Time: 1:00 PM. Highbanks is named for its massive shale bluffs that tower over the Olentangy State Scenic River. The park is rich in Native American history as it contains two Adena Indian burial mounds and prehistoric earthwork. We will hike 3 to 6 miles depending in weather and trail conditions including some small but steep hills. Sturdy footwear is needed for possible wet, muddy, snowy, or icy conditions. Note: This hike may be cancelled if road or trail conditions are hazardous. Contact leader for further information.
Friday, March 14 -- Academy Park/Franklin Park, Ratings: E/S 1/1
Time: 7:00 PM. Join us for an easy paced walk of 3 miles in the parks along Alum Creek and past the grand old mansions. Meet at Franklin Park, 1777 E. Broad St., NE corner of the parking lot by the railroad. Contact leader for further information.
Sunday, March 16 -- Blendon Woods Metro Park, Ratings: E/S 2/2
Time: 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. This Metro Park offers crushed gravel trails and a few hills for a challenge. There are two sessions for this hike and each session is about 3 miles each. We will walk at a leisurely pace. Meet at the Nature Center (4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. (boots, water, lunch). Contact leader for further information.
Friday, March 21 -- Worthington, Ratings: E/S 2/2
Time: 7:00 PM. Join us for a 3 mile hike in the Old Worthington area. We will walk in and around Old Worthington and through the finest Worthington neighborhoods. Please wear sturdy footwear as we may encounter muddy, frozen or snowy areas. The hike will end with an optional dinner at a popular restaurant. Meet in the parking lot behind the Dairy Queen, located 2 blocks north of Route 161, on the east side of High Street. Contact leader for further information.
Sunday, March 23 -- Hocking Hills Day Hike, Ratings: E/S 3/4
Time: 9:00 AM. This is a dog friendly hike. If you haven't been to this part of the state, or even if you have, the scenery in and around Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls, Rose Lake, and Ash Cave is unequaled for its beauty and serenity. We will be hiking 12 miles at a brisk pace and tackle some challenging hills so be prepared for a vigorous day. Bring lunch, water and hiking boots and meet at 9 AM behind McDonalds at Route 33 and Gender Rd. Contact leader for further information.
Friday, March 28 -- Ohio State University – Main Campus, Ratings: E/S 1/2
Time: 7:00 PM. Change has become a constant on OSU’s main campus so come and check out the latest. Meet at 7 PM at the Tuttle Park Recreation Center at the end of W. Oakland Ave. which is west of Neil Ave. We’ll stay on the east side of the Olentangy River for this walk. Our route will include Ohio Stadium, Mirror Lake and the Oval as well as the new Ohio Union and the recently refurbished Thompson library. We’ll find a restaurant in the area for an optional dinner afterwards. Contact leaders for further information.
Sunday, March 30 -- Scioto Trails State Park Hike, Ratings: E/S 4/5
Time: 9:00 AM. The forest and park are nestled in the high ground of the Appalachian foothills rising above the Scioto River Valley. This historic area was home of the Shawnees as late as the 1700’s and saw the arrival of early American explorers who traveled up the Scioto River. This hike of 11+ miles has most trails in the forest and is comprised of rugged terrain that rapidly descends or rises. While offering expansive views of the area, this is a strenuous hike and may have additional weather related challenges. Bring water, lunch, boots, suitable attire and meet behind Tim Hortons in the Great Southern Shopping Center on U.S. 23 just north of I-270. Contact leader for further information.
Wednesday, April 2 -- Franklin Park Conservatory, Ratings: E/S 1/1
Time: 6:30 PM. 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 on the lower level (left of doors).The Conservatory, located at 1777 E. Broad St., is open from 5-8 PM. Contact the Conservatory at (614) 645-8733 for admission information. Contact leader for further information.
Friday, April 4 -- 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.