Winter Hike Series Showcases the Beauty of Ohio’s Great Outdoors

Hikers can earn a limited-edition winter hike decal

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s winter landscapes are beautiful and even more amazing to see firsthand. From the snow-covered rock formations at Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park to the frozen waterfall at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve – you can see it all with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Winter Hike Series.

“Winter in the Buckeye State is truly magical with frozen waterfalls and snow-covered canopies,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “Ohio’s winter weather shouldn’t prevent anyone from making the great memories by spending time on a hike. So, grab your gear and join our naturalists for a few treks this winter.”

Our naturalists have hikes planned at various state parks and nature preserves throughout the winter season across the state. When you complete a naturalist-led hike this winter, you will receive a limited-edition Winter Hike Series decal.

You can find a full list of hikes by heading to our Events page and searching for Winter Hike under event type.

If you plan to share photos of any of these hikes, use the hashtag #ODNRWinter when doing so. We look forward to seeing and sharing your amazing photos on our social media accounts. 

Because your hiking trip may take you off the beaten path, remember to play it safe and stay on the trail. Those hiking during the winter months may face snow, ice, and extreme cold. Some things to remember before hitting the trail:

  • Check the forecast and research your hike before you leave the house
  • Dress in layers, keeping your head, neck, and hands covered
  • Stay hydrated and bring snacks
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return

ODNR has a list of safety tips for anyone who wants to head out to the trails this winter. You can find those here.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at