Ready to stretch your legs and get some fresh air during the ASAE Annual Meeting? Columbus offers dozens of outdoor activities and locations for you to discover. From the abundant Metro Parks, to the endless trails, you will be amazed by Ohio’s natural beauty. We encourage you to get out of your hotel room, break away from the convention center and get lost in nature. Don’t feel tied to your chair-- there are plenty of outdoor adventures just a few miles away!
Kayak the Scioto
1.5 miles from the convention center
The Scioto Mile is an urban oasis situated in the heart of downtown. Extending a total of 231 miles across central and southern Ohio, our 1.5-mile portion of the Scioto River was revitalized in 2015 and has become the true centerpiece of our city. The riverfront offers more than 175 acres of lush greenspace, pathways and parks, as well as community festivals and concerts throughout the year. During the conference, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the river by kayak. On Saturday, August 10, from 1:30- 4:00 p.m. attendees will paddle down river and catch a glimpse of the stunning skyline, including National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Ohio Supreme Court Building, Main Street Bridge and more. It’s a perfect way to get exercise, catch some rays and enjoy the city from a new angle. If you’re interested in kayaking the Scioto during ASAE, check out the conference website for more information.
Climb a rock wall
3 miles from the convention center
Scale the largest, free outdoor climbing wall in the nation at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. This 35-foot rock wall expands 6,100 square feet and is set amid 120 acres of lush wildlife. The wall features bouldering, top rope and lead climbing options, as well as an unbeatable view of downtown Columbus. Opened in 2009, the once industrial area dominated by warehouses, railroads and factories has been completely restored. Today, the Metro Park is home to wetlands, bird watching, hiking trails, boat launches, dog parks and more. Whether you decide to explore the trails or conquer the wall, you’ll love this peaceful oasis just outside the city. Rock climbing is available seven days a week starting at 9 a.m., so grab your gear, get outside and explore!
Hike the trails
1 mile and 3 miles from the convention center
If you’re an avid hiker, jogger or bike rider, we’d love to help you find your new favorite trail in our city. Columbus is home to more than 20 outstanding metro parks and trails. Two of these trails wind right through the heart of downtown, connecting travelers to local neighborhoods, commercial areas and diverse wildlife. It’s no surprise so many Columbus natives use the routes for their morning commute! The Olentangy Trail is a seamless, 13-mile route that stretches along the Olentangy River. From Highbanks Metro Park in Worthington, to the Scioto Audubon Metro Park just south of downtown, you’ll catch a glimpse of The Ohio State University campus and several city parks during your journey. Alum Creek is another great trail extending from Sharon Woods in Westerville, to Three Creeks Park in Groveport. Offering over 15 miles of paved pathways, Alum Creek winds along one of Columbus’ most scenic river corridors. It is also part of the larger Ohio to Erie Trail that extends 326 miles across the state.