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5 Walking Trails for Elderly People in Columbus, OH

Walking is the perfect exercise for Columbus seniors who want to maintain or increase their mental and physical health. Going on walks in the outdoors and connecting with nature also gives older adults a jolt of energy. Here are five popular local walking trails that are safe and easy to conquer.

1. Goodale Park 

Located at 120 West Goodale Street, this 32.71-acre park has an easy walking path where seniors will see views of the Columbus skyline and experience serenity as they stroll alongside the picturesque pond. While on their heart-healthy walk through the park, they will also see exquisite gardens and floral displays. After their walk, they can rest in the charming gazebo or open-air shelter.

It’s important for aging adults to engage in some sort of regular physical activity. If your senior loved one needs help maintaining a regular exercise routine, a professional caregiver can help. Families shouldn’t have to worry about finding reliable home care providers. Columbus Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of elderly home care. We offer a proprietary program called the Balanced Care Method, which uses holistic methods to promote senior health, our caregivers and Care Managers are available 24/7, and all of our in-home care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

2. Topiary Park

The seven-acre Topiary Park at 480 East Town Street offers an amazing self-guided walking tour where seniors can get fit while learning about the more than 220 different types of trees in the park. The walk starts and ends north of the visitor center. The trees feature a number and description on both the sidewalk and map. Older adults can also boost their overall health by taking a self-guided walking tour of the gardens throughout the park as well as view the topiary figures at the far end of the lake. 

3. Nelson Park

Located at 430 North Nelson Road, this 30.11-acre park has a paved walking trail with shade trees that can keep seniors cool when walking on hot, sunny days. This trail is also lighted, which makes it safer for older adults to walk at night with a friend or caregiver. After their mood-boosting walk, they can enjoy a brown bag meal in the picnicking area. This park also has a shelter house and a parking lot.

4. Huntington Gardens 

Located in the 23.45-acre Schiller Park at 1069 Jaeger Street, the gardens feature a tree-lined promenade with a 450-foot brick walkway and benches on each side of it. Seniors can go for a stroll and mingle with other walkers while enjoying the colorful, gorgeous perennial beds. When seniors need a break from walking to get fit and strong, they can sit on a bench and admire the beauty of the park and gardens. This park also features a fishing pond, tennis court, and picnic areas. 

Some seniors are advised by their doctors to stay indoors, making it difficult for them to go out of the house and socialize. For families living in Columbus, OH, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.

5. Antrim Park 

This 120-acre park located at 5800 Olentangy River Road is surrounded by a lake and offers one of the trailheads for accessing the 13-mile Olentangy Green Trail that winds through many neighborhoods and along the river. This trail offers many walking options, which allows seniors to customize their walk according to their fitness level. There are other walking trail options for seniors to explore throughout this park as well as a shelter house where they can take a break and enjoy the views and wildlife.

A professional caregiver can assist your senior loved one with physical activity, provide transportation to walking trails, and help with everyday tasks. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Columbus Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. Whether your loved one needs hourly home care or 24-hour live-in care, call one of our professional Care Managers at (614) 481-8888.