By 1812Blockhouse

Malabar Farm State Park has announceed the launch of its new guided hike program. Designed to offer a richer experience to the park visitors, the guided hikes will be conducted once a month and will lead the visitors on a journey through the park’s popular hiking trails.

Visitors will have the unique opportunity to discover the park’s diverse flora and fauna, learn about the park’s history and geology, and enjoy the serenity of nature under the watchful eye of knowledgeable naturalist educators.

Hikes will take place on July 22 and August 26 from 10AM to Noon.

NOTE: Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The inherent dangers associated with outdoor activities imply that participants accept and acknowledge that any injury or property damage that occurs during a program or activity is not the responsibility of ODNR or its naturalist educators.


The Hiking Trails

From wildflowers blooming in spring to the foliage of fall, each trail at Malabar Farm State Park offers its unique scenic beauty. Hikers, as well as horseback riders, are in for a treat as they explore these paths. These trails are currently available:

Butternut Trail – 0.8 Mile – Easy

An easy, relaxed trail that’s perfect for family outings. Explore the array of wildflowers and gaze upon the serene farm scenes.

Doris Duke Woods Trail – 1 Mile – Easy

Immerse yourself in a tranquil, woodland setting named after the famous philanthropist and heiress, Doris Duke. Enjoy the rich wildlife and the natural beauty of the area.

Jungle Brook Trail – 0.7 Mile – Easy

This picturesque trail is a nature lover’s paradise. The peaceful Jungle Brook runs alongside the trail, offering a soothing soundtrack to your journey.

Pleasant Valley Bridle Trail – 7 Miles – Bridle Trail (hiking permitted)

For the more adventurous, this 7-mile trail offers a multi-use path for hikers and horseback riders. Experience stunning panoramic views of the Pleasant Valley and the park.


As you embark on these guided hikes, remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” These guided hikes at Malabar Farm State Park will invite participants to seek that wild delight in the heart of nature.

Image by CJ from Pixabay

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