Metro Parks offers family treks.

If the warmer weather has put a spring in your step, consider heading to one of Central Ohio’s many public parks for a hike.

Many venues are heralding the season’s arrival with guided walks offering details about flora and fauna.

Here’s a sampling of April hikes at Metro Parks. Call or visit the website to confirm programs have not been changed or cancelled. For more event ideas, go to or

Vernal Pool Hike

When: 7:30 p.m. April 9

What: Take a 3-mile hike and look for salamander larvae in the vernal pool. Be prepared to get muddy and wet.

Where: Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center 43035. Meet at the Nature Center.

Family Lantern Hike and Campfire

When: 8:30 p.m. April 14

What: Go on a family-friendly, 1.5-mile lantern-led hike followed by a campfire and s’mores.

Where: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg 43068. Meet at Ash Grove Picnic Area.

Lantern Stroll

When: 8:30 p.m. April 21

What: Candle lanterns will light the way on a 1-mile stroll through the woods as visitors listen to the night sounds of spring.

Where: Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City 43064. Meet at the bulletin board at the Picnic Shelter. 

Spring Wildflowers Hike

When: 1 p.m. April 29

What: Participants on this 2-mile hike will look for trillium, trout lilies, Dutchman’s breeches and other wildflowers.

Where: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway 43119. Meet at the ranger station.