Hours and Info

April 1-September 30: 6:30am-10pm
October 1-March 31: 6:30am-8pm

Phone: 614.620.1861
Nature Center: 614.895.6221
April-September: 9am-8pm
October-March: 9am-6pm
Reservations: reservations@metroparks.net

Programs at Blendon Woods

About

Blendon Woods contains spectacular stream-cut ravines with exposed ripple rock sandstone and open fields surrounded by beech-maple and oak-hickory forests. The 653-acre park is a great place to see a variety of songbirds, waterfowl and other wildlife, especially the flock of wild turkeys meandering about in search of food. The 118-acre Walden Waterfowl Refuge with its 11-acre Thoreau Lake provides a sanctuary for hundreds of birds, ducks and other wildlife. Open year-round, it features two elevated observation shelters with spotting scopes for viewing waterfowl.

Photo: Daniel Umberger

Photo: Patrick Kelly

Park Map

Click the map below for a zoomed/enlarged version

Blendon Woods Park Map

Trails

Brookside

0.8 miles
Easy – Hike – Gravel
Passes through woods, crosses Ripple Rock creek and connects with the Hickory Ridge and Ripple Rock trails.
Interactive Map: Brookside

Goldenrod

1.3 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Grass
Passes through meadows that are filled with wildflowers in spring.
Interactive Map: Goldenrod

Hickory Ridge

0.3 miles
Easy – Hike – Gravel
Wooded trail that connects the Brookside, Overlook and Ripple Rock trails.
Interactive Map: Hickory Ridge

Lake

0.3 miles
Easy – Hike – Paved
Leads to the Walden Waterfowl Refuge and Thoreau Lake.
Interactive Map: Lake

Overlook

0.6 miles
Easy – Hike – Gravel
Passes through woods, crosses Ripple Rock creek and connects with the Hickory Ridge and Ripple Rock trails.
Interactive Map: Overlook

Ripple Rock

0.4 miles
Easy – Hike – Gravel
A steep trail, goes through woods and connects the Brookside, Hickory and Overlook trails.
Interactive Maps: Ripple Rock

Sugarbush

2 miles
Moderate to Difficult – Hike – Cross-Country Skiing – Grass
Passes through a woods that opens onto a meadow. Heavily populated with many different species of birds.
Interactive Maps: Sugarbush

Photo: Haylley Turney

Photo: Tina Fronk

Shelters

Reservable Shelters

Dan Bissonette, photographer. The Dogwood shelter at Blendon Woods.
Photo: Dan Bissonette

Dogwood

This is an open air shelter with a charcoal grill, prep table, serving counter, four (20’) and six (8’) tables, two (2-plug) electrical outlets, lighting, drinking fountain, restrooms, and play area. The play area features a field, horseshoe pit with shoes, and swings (two regular, two baby swings). The Dogwood’s maximum capacity is 110 (80 undercover), and is ADA accessible. Parking capacity is 41 with three handicap parking spaces. All day and half day reservations available.

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Dan Bissonette, photographer. Interior of the picnic shelter at Hickory Grove, Blendon Woods.
Photo: Dan Bissonette

Hickory Grove

This is an open air shelter with one wall. It has three (20’) tables, one (16’) table, and five (8’) tables, counter space, serving window, three (2-plug) electrical outlets, lighting, charcoal grill and prep table, drinking fountain, flush restrooms, dustpan and broom, fire extinguisher, wood burning fireplace (wood provided), sand volleyball court with net and ball, and play area. The play area features a field, four benches, horseshoe pit with shoes, and swings (two regular, two baby swings). Hickory Grove also features a disc golf putting practice game called, The Around 9, with discs. The Hickory Grove’s maximum capacity is 110 (60 undercover), and is ADA accessible. Parking capacity is 52 with two handicap parking spaces. All day reservations only.

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Kye Joong, photographer.  Shadblow shelter at Blendon Woods.
Photo: Kye Joong

Shadblow

This is an open air shelter. It has three (20’) tables, one (16’) table, counter space, one double charcoal grill, prep table, two (2-plug) electrical outlets, lighting, drinking fountain, foot wash station, restrooms, wood burning fireplace (wood provided), and play area. The play area features a small field, horseshoe pit, and a children’s universal playset and swings (two regular, two baby swings). The Shadblow’s maximum capacity is 50 (40 undercover), and is ADA accessible. Parking capacity is 40 with three handicap parking spaces. All day and half day reservations available.

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Sycamore Shelter at Blendon Woods

Sycamore

This is an open air shelter with one wall. It has a kitchenette with a large serving counter, electric chest cooler, and a sink with running water. It has one large double grill, six 2-plug electrical outlets, broom, fire extinguisher, four (20’) tables, 10 (8’) tables, water fountain, restrooms, and play area. The play area features a field, three benches, two horseshoe pits with shoes, a sand volleyball court with net, and swings (two regular, two baby swings). The Sycamore’s maximum capacity is 130 (80 undercover), and is ADA accessible. Parking capacity is 65 with three handicap parking spaces. All day and half day reservations available.

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Non-Reservable Shelters

Non-reservable shelters are located at first road on the right as you enter the park. Picnic tables, grills, restrooms, playground equipment, playfield and ranger station.
5 Shelters: Enclosed on three sides, Seating approximately 30 each, Grills
2 Open Shelters: Seating approximately 80, Grills

Picnicking at Blendon Woods.
Photo: Dan Bissonette

Activities

Doggies and handlers take a walk on the Sugarbush Trail at Blendon Woods during the Paws in the Park event
Photo: Cheryl Blair

Three hikers walk along a snowy trail at Blendon Woods
Photo: Frank Kozarich

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!