Richland County, OH — Richland Public Health’s annual “Fall Hike for Health” is Saturday, October 19, at Malabar Farm State Park and Gorman Nature Center in Mansfield. The fall hikes are in their 19th year at Malabar Farm State Park and 5th  year at Gorman Nature Center.

Enjoy the beauty of Ohio’s fall colors at both locations with hikes through the woods from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hikes are self-guided with suggested start times by 11 a.m.

Hikes are on easy trails so everyone in the family can participate. Hikes starting at either Malabar Farm State Park (4050 Bromfield Road) and Gorman Nature Center (2295 Lexington Avenue) generally last a half hour to one hour. Adults must accompany children on hikes. Dogs are permitted but must be on a leash.

All hikers are encouraged to check in before starting their hikes: at the Visitor’s Center at Malabar Farm and inside the Gorman Nature Center. You will find maps of the walking trails as well as food and beverages at both locations for before or after your hike. You can also sign up to receive information on “Just Walk Richland” events and the “Winter Hike for Health” in February, 2020.

Hiking is promoted as a healthy form of exercise by Richland Public Health. Since the October 19 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.

For more information about “Hike for Health” call 419-774-4761.