Staff Pick: Metro Parks Winter Hikes Series

John Ross, Columbus Alive

The 39th annual Winter Hikes series kicks off Saturday at Blacklick Woods Metro Park in Reynoldsburg.

Not familiar with the walking program hosted each winter by the Metro Parks? Running through Feb. 25 at various green spaces, the 13-hike series is a chance to explore new places, burn off holiday pounds and meet the naturalists who study Central Ohio. Guided and self-guided walks are offered at each event, and hikes range from one to seven miles. Refreshments are provided at the end of each trip.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7

6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg