I am so excited to share with our five favorite hikes in Allen County! As someone with young children I know that sometimes just getting en route is the hardest part so let's make the destination worth while!
the 5 Family Hikes we'll always take!
Top 5 Nature Hikes for Families in Allen County
This is our favorite hiking spot with hills! It’s a designated bird area and boasts several different trails throughout including a short stroller accessible 0.25 mile boardwalk. Kendrick Woods is dense and gives you a lot of area to explore! Not many people know, but the park continues across the road and even has a second access off Zion Church. So if you are looking for a long hike, you have plenty of land to cover.
This park has flat pebble trails that are easy to maneuver. They’re wide enough to walk with a stroller and to have two way traffic. There is a unique storybook trail that is great for families to hike together and read a story. The story is changed out seasonally, so be sure to come back again!
Heritage park has a mixture of paved and woods trails! There is a repeating loop that is less than a mile (about 0.6) or you can take the bike path down a steep hill along the railroad track. If you go far enough, you’ll connect to a path to Dairy Queen!
Ottawa metro park is a flat paved walk that can go as far as you'd like (though you will find a hill if you keep going)! There is prairie and a pine grove forest for scenery. If you walk far enough you can go past Lauer Historic Farm and onto the bike trail that connects to downtown Lima.
Spencerville Canal Path
I love walking the canal path trail because it is beautiful in every season. If you start from Deep Cut you'll see a wooded tunnel that looks picturesque in fall! The canal path is part of the Ohio Buckeye trail which is a 1000+ mile loop around Ohio. I love the portion in St Mary's too!