This weekend, let's hike one of my favorite metro parks: Slate Run.
Slate Run has a great variety of natural areas: forests, meadows, and wetlands. It even has a working 1880's historic farm.
We'll begin at the Shady Grove Picnic area. We'll hike the Five Oaks and Sugar Maple Trails (forest) then connect with the Kokomo Trail (meadows) This leads us to the wetlands. We'll hike back and end the day with a trip to the historic farm. All in all about 7 miles of hiking, which should take around 3 hrs.
Directions: From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster to the Canal Winchester/S.R. 674 exit. Turn right onto Gender Road/S.R. 674 and go about 2 miles until it dead-ends into Lithopolis Road. Turn left and go about 1/2 mile to S.R. 674. Turn right and go about 4 miles to the entrance on the right.
Park Map: http://www.metroparks.net/MapSlateRun.aspx http://www.metroparks.net/MapSlateRun.aspx