We’ve been having New England summer weather here in Ohio for the past two weeks, so hubs and I were more than happy to spend last Sunday basking in 70-degrees-and-sunny weather at one of my favorite metro parks, Battelle Darby Creek. Metro Parks’ largest park is located in the bucolic southwestern side of Columbus near Galloway. We parked in a lot at the intersection of Alkire and Gardner Roads, where we stole the last parking spot and marveled at the number of cyclists out at the park that day (the Darby Creek Greenway Trail goes through the park). From the lot we hopped on the Indian Ridge Trail, which connects to the Cobshell Trail (roughly 2 miles to the Ranger Station and back). The hilly trail provided excellent views of the Big Darby Creek.
Despite the huge crowd at the lot, we only passed a few other people while out on the trail. We hiked alongside a blooming meadow and an old cemetery before heading into the woods and towards the creek. The mostly-level trail was interspersed with a few challenging hills that offered lovely views of the creek. It was the kind of romantic day where you hear the choir of rustling leaves on trees and feel your hair lifting off your neck and into the wind and you feel untouchable. Yes, that’s how good it was!
On the way back we spotted a very cool spider and a mushroom tree!
Once we reached the parking lot we decided to continue right onto the Terrace Trail, a two-mile gravel loop through the woods. It was a pleasant enough hike, better suited for joggers rather than hikers looking to escape into nature. It does connect with the 2-mile Ancient Trail, so you could get in a nice 4-mile workout if you so desired.
I recommend following up your hike with a visit to Handel’s ice cream (a staple of my childhood in NE Ohio) on Feder Rd near 70/270. YUM. More information on the park and maps can be found here: http://www.metroparks.net/parksbattelledarbycreek.aspx