The cold and snow of winter has lasted a long time this year. But with 15 different Miami County Parks conveniently located throughout the County, there is a park just around the corner waiting to be explored. There are over 30 miles of nature trail in addition to 10 plus miles of bike trail, offering a variety of opportunities for everyone to connect with nature. Even though you may not want to be outside because of the cold, this is the time to get out to the parks and see things you don’t normally see.
Whether it’s the bald eagle or the snowy owl, unique birds have been spotted all over the parks. Don’t forget to look at the views through the woods at Twin Arch, they will lead you right to the spectacular Great Miami River, the Robert J. Shook Bikeway Bridge and sections of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail. One of the most beautiful sights is the ice forming at Charleston and Greeneville Falls. Not to mention the wonderful frosted prairies at Stillwater Prairie, Hobart Urban Nature Preserve and Honey Creek.
Don’t forget the maple sap will soon be flowing at Maple Ridge. Volunteers and staff will be working hard to turn that sap into syrup. If you want to learn more about the Park District’s maple syrup operation join us for an open house at the “Discovering Maple Ridge Reserve” program on Saturday, March 7th from 1 – 3 p.m. at Maple Ridge. Be sure to check that out because before you know it, spring will be here and the colors will be peaking through the ground. See you in Your Parks!