Keep your spirits high and come home to winter fun in your Metro Parks

A walk in the woods is a great way to celebrate the first snow. Photo/Brendan Ringer

If you’re looking for ways to come out of hibernation and embrace the wonders of the season, head out to one of your 20 Metro Parks with family and friends. It’s a great time to learn about the creatures that make their homes in the parks as you hike the trails. In spring and summer, it’s not easy to see where animals traveled through the woods, but in winter, snow provides the perfect footprint of animal tracks. Practice your birding skills because there aren’t nearly as many species to see or hear and it’s easier to see them in the trees without leaves.

And if you’re the adventurous sort, there’s also plenty to do.

Metro Parks 49th Winter Hike Series is underway and runs through the end of February 2022. This is a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Find details here.

When temperatures dip below freezing for several days in a row, lace up your skates and head to the ponds at Blendon Woods and Battelle Darby Creek and spend an afternoon gliding on the ice. The 3.2-mile Dyer Mill Trail at Battelle Darby Creek is clearly the best trail for cross-country skiing. It’s fairly wide and flat with a few steep hills and mostly clear of overhanging trees and winds along Little Darby Creek. Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer and other wildlife.

A glide down a snowy slope is a fantastic way to see the gorgeous vistas in your Metro Parks. Photo/Dan Bissonette

Sledding in your Metro Parks is the perfect morning or afternoon activity for the young and young at heart. Walking up the hill after an exhilarating ride down is a great way to get some exercise.

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