A.W. Marion State Park

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Hargus Lake is the centerpiece of A.W. Marion State Park and gets all the attention for three seasons. Winter's kind of a ghost town in this Circleville park. But while boaters head home for the winter, hikers should stay put and visit the stunning five-mile Hargus Lake Perimeter Trail.

I can't think of a better cold-weather trek in Ohio, and I'll wager that Sunday, Feb. 6, was among the park's prettiest days ever. You know you've got a winner when a trail has frozen over with hundreds of footprints -- proof that it was worth trudging through poor conditions.

A.W. Marion State Park 7317 Warner Huffer Rd, Circleville 740-869-3124 [Homepage][Park map]

Here's a journey in photos, hiking clockwise from the boat-rental parking lot on the lake's northwest side.