Did you know that there are Story Trails and Story Walks all over Columbus? These special trails are located in parks, and feature nature-inspired stories for you to enjoy along your walk. Storybook Trails combine the love for reading, nature, and outdoor activity, and are a great way to spend time explore our amazing parks with your kids.
Most are located within parks featuring playgrounds, beaches, and other fun activities, so pack a lunch and plan to stay for awhile!
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Community Story Trails
Grandview Heights Public Library StoryWalk
GHPL StoryWalk at C. Ray Buck Park
1280 Goodale Blvd
The first GHPL StoryWalk is located at C. Ray Buck Park, just a few blocks east of Wyman Woods Park where the 2nd StoryWalk is located. The stories change once or twice a month, so visit often!
Find the reading stations along the circular walking path, which is approximately 1/4 mile long. The path is stroller and wheelchair accessible with a parking lot, playground, and restrooms.
GHPL StoryWalk at Wyman Woods Park
1515 Goodale Blvd
This story walk often features other activities besides a story, such as artwork, poetry, nature activities, and even trivia!
StoryWalk at Upper Arlington Fancyburg Park
3375 Kioka Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
The StoryWalk is located at the playground along a wheelchair and stroller-friendly loop trail. Stories change seasonally.
Westerville Library Story Trail at Johnston-McVay Park
480 S. Hempstead Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Check out the story at Johnson-McVay Park, courtesy of Westerville Public Library. The stories change every other month, and have activities within the story. The storyboards begin at the west side of the park and span the length of the walking trail. Visitors will walk through tall Shagbark and Walnut trees, around the Hawk playground, swing set and climbing areas as they explore the storyboards.
Gahanna Story Trail at Friendship Park
150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230
The Gahanna Story Trail began as a collaboration between the Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation and the Gahanna Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library in the spring of 2012, and was inspired by the Story Trail at Dawes Arboretum. Many of the featured books over the past years were written and illustrated by students from the Gahanna Area.
Story Trail at Hannah Park in Gahanna
6547 Clark State Rd
Hannah Park Story Trail is located on the path across from the playground that goes around the pond. There’s also a playground, walking trails, and sports fields. Catch & release fishing available (fishing license required).
Plain City StoryWalk® at Pastime Park
370 N Chillicothe St, Plain City, OH 43064
Find the StoryWalk® on the Walking Trail, located next to the playground at the main entrance to the park.
Granville Fairy Trail and Story at Infirmary Park
4351 Lancaster Road, Granville, Ohio
This option is a double treat and is worth the drive to Granville! Follow the Wildflower Trail to get to the Fairy Trail. Read the book about fairies before you reach the 1/4 mile fairy trail loop. See details and photos from our visit in 2020! You can also follow on Facebook for updates about the Fairy Trail.
StoryWalk in the Park at Wildwood Park in Granville
785 W Broadway, Granville, OH 43023
Enjoy reading the book Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer as you walk along Raccoon Trail East located just south of Wildwood Playground. The installation of the StoryWalk® In The Park, is made possible through a community partnership between Granville Recreation District, Kiwanis, Granville Public Library, and the Friends of the Granville Public Library. See details on Facebook.
Columbus Metro Parks Story Trails
Story Trail at Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E Dublin Granville Rd. Columbus, OH 43081
The Blendon Woods Story Trail is typically located on the 1/3 mile Lake Trail, but is sometimes moved to the Hickory Trail. Follow along on Facebook to find the most recent location and story.
See trail locations on the website.
Storytrail at Highbanks
9466 Columbus Pike. Lewis Center, OH 43035
Walk the 1/2-mile storybook trail starting at the Nature Center parking lot. Follow the Dripping Walk Trail (look for the woodpecker symbol on trail signs) to start the story. There are stairs and hills along the trail, so it’s not wheelchair/stroller friendly. No dogs permitted. The spring book is “One Small Place in a Tree” by Barbara Brenner. This story runs from March-May.
A new storybook will launch in June on the Scenic River Trail (dogs are welcome on this trail). Look for the announcement on Facebook.
See trail location on the website.
Sharon Woods Metro Park Story Trail
6911 Cleveland Avenue, Ohio
The Sharon Woods Story Trail is located on a scenic stroll along the Lake Trail. Follow on Facebook for announcements about the Story Trail.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources has six Storybook Trails located around the state. Each one is a half-mile long and is filled with 15 to 20 panels featuring pages from children’s books. The program is a partnership between ODNR and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It’s combines the love of reading and love of nature together – while being active, and is a great way to explore some of our awesome state parks!
Alum Creek State Park Storybook Trail
3400 Lewis Center Rd, Lewis Center, OH 43035. Located left of the parking lot when you are pulling in for beach parking.
Head here to spend the day! The Storybook Trail at Alum Creek is just across the parking lot from the Alum Creek State Park Beach, so you can swim or play in the sand before or after you hit the trail! There’s also a playground at the beach, and usually a couple of food trucks and an ice cream truck during the summer.
The story trail is a 1/2 mile loop – gravel and mowed path. It’s not wheelchair accessible, but you can probably get a heavier duty stroller around it pretty well.
The story changes throughout the year, so go back multiple times! There is a Free Little Library at the beginning of the trail, where you can choose to take a book home or leave one for a fellow visitor.
You’ll find wildflowers and other pretty scenery around the trail. It feels like you are miles away from the parking lot while you are in the trail! There isn’t much shade, so wear sunscreen if you plan to linger!
Dillon Lake State Park
5265 Dillon Hills Drive, Nashport, OH 43830 (follow the signs for the beach – it’s just past the Mountain Bike Trail Head area)
The Storybook Trail at Dillon Lake State Park is about an hour from downtown Columbus, and it another great day trip option. You can hike the trails – including the Story Trail – and swim at the beach! Dillon Lake State Park isn’t far from Zanesville, so we combined it with a visit to Zanesville (stay tuned for details about what to do in Zanesville), but Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl is always a good options!
The story trail is a 1/2 mile paved trail through the woods, and is stroller and wheelchair friendly. There are some gentle hills, and a water view during parts of the trail. Much of the path is shaded. It can be found along the Black Locust Trail, near the ball courts and beach area.
There’s a Free Little Library at the start/end of the trail, so pick a book to read, or leave a book you’re done with! Head down to the beach to play in the water or sit in the sun!
Great Seal State Park in Chillicothe
John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs
Maumee Bay State Park, near Toledo
Wingfoot Lake State Park, outside of Akron