Richland Public Health’s annual Fall Hike for Health on Saturday, October 17, is expanding to include a second location. In addition to the traditional hike starting at Malabar Farm, the North Central Ohio Land Conservancy will be sponsoring a hike from the new Clear Fork Valley Scenic Trail that has its starting point in Butler.
Both hikes through the woods to enjoy the beauty of Ohio’s fall colors will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hikes are self-guided and at anytime during the five hours.
While both hikes are on easy trails so everyone in the family can participate, hikes starting at Malabar Farm generally last a half hour to one hour while the full hike on the Clear Fork Valley Scenic Trail could take several hours. Clear Fork Valley Scenic Trail volunteers will be on their trail to guide walkers on shorter spurs. Adults must accompany children on hikes.
All hikers are encouraged to check-in at the Malabar Farm Visitor Center or the First Congregational Church Camp Retreat Pavilion, 5247 Bunkerhill North Rd., Butler. There you will find maps of the walking trails as well as food and beverages for either before or after your hike. You can also sign up to receive information on future “Hike for Health” events.
Hiking is promoted as a healthy form of exercise in Ohio state parks. Since the October 17 hike will be held rain or shine, participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended, as the trail conditions may be somewhat slippery.