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Winter hiking can be an exhilarating experience in any number of Ohio's state parks.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Ohio is a beautiful place to explore, especially in the winter. From the rare birds wintering along the Lake Erie shores, to the snow-covered bridge at Mohican State Park, to the frozen falls at Old Man’s Cave, there are majestic winter landscapes all across our beautiful state.

The state is encouraging all residents to get out and see it all with the  2022 Winter Hike Challenge

To complete the challenge, download the DETOUR Ohio Trails App, available at detour.ohiodnr.gov, or in the Apple App or Google Play store. Then participate in hikes at state parks in three different regions of our state between Jan. 1 and March 1, 2022.

You can find the state park regions below.

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Map of Ohio's State Parks

This map of Ohio's state parks shows they dot the entire landscape of the state.

There are plenty of options. The public can join ODNR for guided hikes (See the full list of winter hikes at this link) or you can head out on your own. Just make sure you hit parks in three different regions.

There are so many different trails to explore, you can make this challenge your own. You can even explore one of our Storybook Trails if you are hiking as a family.

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