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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WALKS TO TAKE IN COLUMBUS

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MADELINE CRIDER

JUL 14, 2020

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Here at Fitt, we love our indoor bikes, our Megaformers, and our plyo boxes. But sometimes, it’s nice to put away the fancy equipment and get outside with just the pavement and the fresh air. Read on to discover some of the best walking (and running!) spots in Columbus!

Add this hot spot into your weekend plans. The Scioto Mile features all the right ingredients for a perfect walk—paved paths, the waterfront, and stunning views of downtown Columbus. This path winds around the Olentangy River in downtown and ends at Bicentennial Park. Bikes and pedestrians share the Scioto Mile, so you can run or pedal your way through a workout.

This walking path and wedding hot spot is, hands down, the prettiest on the list! The conservatory makes up about half of the larger Franklin Park and houses tons of gorgeous gardens and greenhouses. Once you’ve worn yourself out from exploring the 40-acre park, make your way inside for a fresh salad at the Garden Café and a peek at the Conservatory’s massive Dale Chihuly collection! Stop by their website to sign up for a variety of fitness classes, including Tai Chi and Vinyasa.

This hidden spot is something straight out of a Seurat painting—literally. The sculptor and designer of Topiary Park put his own twist on the famous painting by using hundreds of trees. Choose to explore on your own, or join a guided tour to see this fantasy-like park.

Just west of the Brewery District, this sprawling park is the perfect place for a weekend stroll or some after-work exercise. The park features countless activities on the 120-acre campus, from rock climbing to sand volleyball to a butterfly garden. The park features a two-and-a-half-acre dog park, so bring your pup with you!

This cozy little park takes root in the heart of German Village, one of Columbus’ cutest neighborhoods. With dozens of gardens, a small fishing pond, and lots of walking paths, Schiller is the perfect spot for a relaxing stroll. Don’t forget to check out the Actors Theatre of Columbus in the summer to see the talented actors troupe put on live plays!

This park might be the oldest in Columbus, but it hides its age well. The grassy grounds include tennis and basketball courts, so grab some friends for a quick pickup game! It’s also worth noting that Goodale Park is surrounded by the Victorian Village neighborhood of Columbus, known for its beautiful houses — be sure to walk down the side streets to see all of the architecture! Pack some lunch or a few snacks, and snag one of the many picnic tables for a scenic meal.

We’ve talked about Grandview before for its amazing workout spots and healthy eats, but this area has some great walking and running routes as well. Choose to tackle the hill at Grandview and Goodale (extra points for running up this monster), and stop by the tennis courts for a quick match after. If a flatter route seems like a better option, head over to the Arlington Mallway between Waltham and Guilford on Arlington Ave.

Grab your running shoes and make your way over to the Olentangy Trail for a long training run. The running and biking path hugs the Olentangy River from Worthington down to the city center. With a wide, paved path and over 15 miles of asphalt, this trail is perfect for marathon prep or a casual afternoon walk. The trail runs straight through Ohio State’s campus and offers awesome views of Ohio Stadium. Tons of parks also line the trail, so don’t be afraid to step off the beaten path!

A quick drive west of the city will land you in the spacious Battelle Darby Creek. At over 7,000 acres, this park has a lot to offer. Pack up the pup for a swim, or watch the bison graze in the summer. During the colder months, try your hand at cross-country skiing (a really tough workout!), or fly down the sledding hill. Check out the list of trails that range from a quarter of a mile to 12.5 miles!

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