Ohio Winter Hike Calendar – 2017

Hocking Hills Winter Hike
Hocking Hills Winter Hike

Here is a list of Ohio winter hikes for January and February 2017. If you are new to winter hiking, you might want to check out Gearing up for Ohio Winter Hiking Season.




January 2017

Date / Time Location Hike Info
01/01/2017
10 AM
Shale Hollow Park (Delaware County Preservation Parks) (Central) New Year’s Day Hike
01/01/2017
1 PM
Caesar Creek State Park (SW) First Day Hike – 3 mile hike to swinging bridge and horseshoe falls
01/03/2017
9:30 AM
Cleveland Metroparks: South Chagrin Reservation (NE) Winter Hike Series – 3 miles, hilly trails
01/07/2017
9 AM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Off the Beaten Path: Winter Waterways – moderate, 3-mile hike; both on trail and off trail; see frozen waterfalls
01/07/2017
10 AM
Blacklick Woods MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series – 2 or 4 miles throught woods and meadows; meet at Ash Grove Picnic Center; hot drinks and snacks are provided.
01/07/2017
10 AM and Noon
Dillon State Park (SE) Winter Hike – 1.5 to 2 mile guided hike. See Dillon State Park link or call 740-453-4377 ext. 100 for info. See our review of last years hike.
01/07/2017
1 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Snowshoe Hike – There must be at least four inches of snow or program will be canceled; snowshoes are available for rent
01/07/2017
5:30 PM
Highbanks MetroPark (Central) Lantern Stroll – 2.5-mile, lantern-lit hike on the Dripping Rock Trail
01/08/2017
9 AM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Winter Warm-up Hike – 7 miles on the unpaved, hilly terrain of the Wetmore Trail System.
01/10/2017
9:30 AM
Cleveland Metroparks: South Chagrin Reservation (NE) Winter Hike Series – 3 miles
01/10/2017
10 AM
Clear Creek MetroPark (SE) Metro Five-0: Level 4 Evergreen Hike – Rugged 3 miles (Age 50+); learn about the evergreen plants that grow at Clear Creek
01/11/2017
5:45 PM
Sharon Woods MetroPark (Central) Fast-paced Adult Full Moon Hike — 2.8 mile hike in one hour, so don’t choose this hike if you are just starting to exercise. Because trails will probably be wet and muddy, hiking boots or shoes are recommended. No flashlights, please. There is also an alternative 1.5-mile hike for those wanting a shorter hike.
01/12/2017
5:30 PM
Prairie Oaks MetroPark (Central) Wolf Full Moon Hike – 3 mile hike
01/12/2017
6:30 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Full Moon Hike – easy 3.5-mile hike on the Towpath Trail.
01/14/2017
7:30 AM
Cleveland Metroparks: North Chagrin Reservation (NE) Sunrise Hike with Snowshoes — Snowshoe rental is optoional; hike will be offered even if there is no snow. Pass through A.B. Williams Woods to the historic and picturesque Overlook Shelter where we will watch the sunrise.
01/14/2017
9 AM
Cleveland Metroparks: Bedford Reservation (NE) Extreme Hiking – 6-7 miles
01/14/2017
10 AM
Sharon Woods MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series – 2 or 4 mile hikes; do not bring pets with you. If you are hiking with others, please car pool.
01/14/2017
1 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Snowshoe Hike. There must be at least four inches of snow or program will be canceled; snowshoes are available for rent
01/14/2017
1 PM
Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve (SE) Winter Hike – 4 mile hike. Meet at the Boch Hollow office, 7211 Bremen Rd, Logan OH
01/14/2017
5:30 PM
Highbanks MetroPark (Central) Howl at the Moon – 3.5 miles with your dog
01/15/2017
10 AM
Clear Creek MetroPark (SE) Backcountry Exploration – 8 miles off-trail (Call 740-969-9001 to pre-register); be prepared for wet, muddy trails and bring drinking water.
01/15/2017
1:30 PM
Five Rivers MetroParks: Possum Creek MetroPark (SW) Hike with Dayton Metro Hikers – 5-mile, easy hike, but whether the hike takes place is weather dependent.
01/15/2017
2 PM
Prairie Oaks MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series – 1, 3, or 5-mile hike around lakes, through prairie and along Big Darby Lake
01/17/2017
9:30 AM
Cleveland Metroparks: South Chagrin Reservation (NE) Winter Hike Series – 3 miles over hilly terrain.
01/20/2017
7 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Lantern Hike – 2.5 miles on the rolling, unpaved Tree Farm Trail.
01/21/2017
9 AM
52nd Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike (SE) 6-mile hike from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave (returning back to Old Man’s Cave via shuttle bus). See our prior articles about the Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike
01/21/2017
9 AM
Blacklick Woods MetroPark (Central) Cross-country ruck – bring your weighted backpack for 4 mile hike
01/21/2017
10 AM
Scioto Audobon MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series – 1 or 2 mile hikes
01/21/2017
10 AM
MetroParks Toledo: Providence (NW) 10 Mile Hike – must pre-register
01/21/2017
1 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Snowshoe Hike — There must be at least four inches of snow or program will be canceled; snowshoes are available for rent.
01/22/2017
9 AM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Winter Warm-up Hike — 7-mile, fast-paced hike on unpaved, hilly terrain of the Ledges, Boston Run and Haskel Run Trails.
01/22/2017
1 PM
Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve (SE) Winter Hike – 5 mile hike
01/22/2017
2 PM
Inniswoods Garden MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series – 2 mile hike
01/24/2017
9:30 AM
Cleveland Metroparks: South Chagrin Reservation (NE) Winter Hike Series – 3 miles over hilly terrain.
01/28/2017
9 AM
MetroParks Toledo: Side Cut (NW) 5-mile hike over the the beautiful Maumee River floodplain- must pre-register
01/28/2017
9:25 AM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Hike Aboard– 5 mile hike and train ride
01/28/2017
1 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Snowshoe Hike — There must be at least four inches of snow or program will be canceled; snowshoes are available for rent
01/29/2017
1 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Winter Wonderland Walk – 2.5 miles
01/29/2017
1:30 PM
Five Rivers MetroParks: Taylorsville MetroPark (SW) Hike with Dayton Metro Hikers – 5 miles in 2.5 hours over some hills; event is weather dependent.
01/31/2017
9:30 AM
Cleveland Metroparks: South Chagrin Reservation (NE) Winter Hike Series – 3 miles



February 2017

Date / Time Location Hike Info
02/04/2017
9 AM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Off the Beaten Path: Seeking Spring – 2.5 miles
02/04/2017
10 AM
Blendon Woods MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series – 2,4,6 mile hikes
02/04/2017
10 AM
Findley State Park (NW) Winter Hike — Hikes include a 10k, 5k and interpretive led hikes. Donations accepted for cornbread and bean soup after hikes. Meet at the Nature Center in the campground and dress for the weather.
02/04/2017
1 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Snowshoe Hike — There must be at least four inches of snow or program will be canceled; snowshoes are available for rent
02/05/2017
2 PM
Scioto Grove MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series – 1 or 2 mile hikes, followed by hot food and drinks.
02/05/2017
6:30 PM
Highbanks MetroPark (Central) Metro Five-0: Level 4 Lantern Hike — Enjoy a 3-mile walk along the Overlook Trail aglow with lanterns. Age 50 and older.
02/09/2017
6:15 PM
Sharon Woods MetroPark (Central) Fast-paced Adult Full Moon Hike — 2.8 mile hike in one hour, so don’t choose this hike if you are just starting to exercise. Because trails will probably be wet and muddy, hiking boots or shoes are recommended. No flashlights, please. There is also an alternative 1.5-mile hike for those wanting a shorter hike.
02/10/2017
6 PM
Battelle Darby Creek MetroPark (Central) Full Moon Hike – 4 mile hike
02/10/2017
6:30 PM
Highbanks MetroPark (Central) Howl at the Moon – 3.5 miles with your dog
02/11/2017
10 AM
Highbanks MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series — 2.5 or 5 miles. Hike is not along pet-friendly trails. Be prepared for hills. Hiking boots recommended. Refreshments afterward. Meet at the Northern Reservable Shelter
02/11/2017
1 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Snowshoe Hike — There must be at least four inches of snow or program will be canceled; snowshoes are available for rent
02/11/2017
5 – 7 PM
Hocking Hills State Park – Sweethearts Hike (SE) Meet at the Ash Cave parking lot. Take a romantic stroll to Ash Cave and enjoy a cozy fire & refreshments. Call (740) 385-6841
02/11/2017
6:30 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Fulll Moon Hike — 2.5 miles. Meet at the Peninsula Depot and hike to Stumpy Basin along the firm, flat Towpath Trail.
02/12/2017
9 AM
MetroParks Toledo: Wildwood Preserve (NW) 5-mile hike in the beautiful Oak Openings region of Wildwood Metropark. Participants must pre-register
02/12/2017
1 PM
Penitentiary Glen (NE) Winter Hike — Choose from hikes of varying lengths. Advanced registration required
02/12/2017
2 PM
Blendon Woods MetroPark (Central) Off Trail Hike – 2 miles
02/12/2017
2 PM
Glacier Ridge MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series – 2 mile hike; dogs are ALLOWED on Glacier Ridge winter hike. Food will be served to hikers following the hike (2:30 to 3:30 pm): shredded chicken sandwiches, chips and hot cocoa.
02/18/2017
10 AM
Three Creeks MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series – 1,3,5.6 miles
02/18/2017
1 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Snowshoe Hike — There must be at least four inches of snow or program will be canceled; snowshoes are available for rent
02/18/2017
7 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Lantern Hike – 2.5 miles by lantern light over hilly terrain; meet at Kendall Lake Shelter
02/19/2017
9 AM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Winter Warm-up Hike — 7 miles; meet at Everett Covered Bridge. Travel over the Perkins, Riding Run and Furnace Run trails. The terrain is hilly.
02/19/2017
2 PM
Sate Run MetroPark (Central) Winter Hike Series — 2.5 or 5 miles through woods and fields; meet at Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area. Soup and hot drinks will be served after the hike.
02/21/2017
1 PM
Clear Creek MetroPark (SE) Metro Five-0: Level 4 Skunk Cabbagge Hike — 3.5 miles backcountry hike to see Ohio’s earliest blooming wildflower. (Age 50+)
02/25/2017
10 AM
Caesar Creek State Park (SW) Winter Hike – hike to swinging bridge and Horseshoe Falls plus soup and then on to Crawdad Falls. To see photos of this area in the spring, check out this article.
02/25/2017
11:20 AM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Hike Aboard – 6 mile hike and train ride
02/25/2017
1 PM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Snowshoe Hike — There must be at least four inches of snow or program will be canceled; snowshoes are available for rent
02/26/2017
9 AM
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (NE) Winter Warm-up Hike — 7-mile, fast-paced hike over hilly terrain. Meet at NPS Park Headquarters; travel over Buckeye and Valley trails
02/26/2017
10 AM
Clear Creek MetroPark (SE) Ice Cave Sunday Special – Rugged 4 mile hike to the ice cave. This hike is not recommended for young children.



Hamilton County’s Winter Hikes

Hamilton County requires participants to register in advance and pay a fee (see site below for details). The fee for participating in a hike is $7 per person. The Hamilton County fee is used to defray the cost of the meal that will be served to each hiker. You must also purchase a motor vehicle permit to park at one of their parks. The Hamilton County winter hikes are 4 to 5.5 miles in length and are described as being challenging. Children under 12 can hike for free if they are accompanied by an adult. Dogs are not permitted.

Advanced registration is required for each of the hikes below. Registration opens December 1, 2016 8 AM. To register on-line, go to Winter Hike Series.
Date / Time Location
01/07/2017 10 AM Winton Woods
01/14/2017 10 AM Sharon Woods
01/21/2017 10 AM Woodland Mound
01/28/2017 10 AM Shawnee Lookout
02/04/2017 10 AM Miami Whitewater Forest



In addition to organized winter hikes, we’ve written about some winter hikes we’ve done on our own in Fairfield and Hocking counties:




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