Sears Woods State Nature Preserve is located at 1486 Mt Zion Road and has a fantastic hiking trail that has beautiful woodland views and also follows the Sandusky River.
Heckert Nature Preserve is located on SR 19 near the intersection of Olentangy Rd. Last spring and summer, volunteers used recycled asphalt to improve the wet trails in the woods. Also, funds from the Bucyrus Area Community Foundation permitted the installation of an illustrative panel that explains Heckert’s vernal pools. Stop out to hike!
By 2060, day hiking is projected to see the greatest rate of growth in adults out of any outdoor recreational activity.
In general, a 160-lb person burns between 430 and 440 calories per hour of hiking.
In 2008, trail availability was the number one amenity among prospective home buyers, outranking things such as security, golf courses, parks, and access to shopping.
The Crawford Park District is comprised of 6 parks with approximately 10 miles of hiking trails. Lowe-Volk Park also has a handicap accessible trail that leads to an overlook of where the Sandusky River begins. The Paramour Creek and Allen Run converge and the Sandusky River is born!
The Buckeye Trail is a 1,444-mile hiking trail and long-distance trail that loops around the state of Ohio. Part of it is on roads and part is on wooded trail. This trail passes through many of the most scenic locations in the state, such as the Hocking Hills region and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It also goes through many small towns in Ohio, making this trail both an outdoor as well as a history experience.
Since hiking has become a popular activity, some trails see more ‘traffic’ than others. It’s here where hiking etiquette is encouraged. For instance, on steep trails, when two groups meet, the group going uphill is given the ‘right-of-way’. Not everyone walks the same speed either, therefore, if a group has a mixture of fast and slow, it’s often the slower ones who are put in the lead, which then set the pace for the group.
Hikers must also be careful to keep hiking areas free of debris. Many hikers go by the “leave no trace” philosophy, so that once they’ve moved on, there would be no trace of their visit, for the next set of hikers to see.