On Saturday, November 26, 2016, Jeremy and I drove to Fort Amanda Park in Lima, Ohio. We were home for Thanksgiving, and it wasn’t very far from his house. It was also one of our favorite parks to explore growing up in Lima. At 10:30 Saturday morning, we were the only people at the park, so we took our time and reacquainted ourselves with this historic park.
If you ever get a chance to stop at Fort Amanda, it is worth the visit. You get to hike some trails at an important historic fort that was integral to the War of 1812 while learning a little about the importance of this Fort and surrounding forts.
Some advice about hiking in autumn and winter. The leaves can cover the trails, so be prepared for slippery trails! This is a great reason to use hiking poles! They can be used to brush the leaves off the trail, to give you some leverage as you traverse the trails, and to help you know what is under those leaves. As you can see from the pictures, someone could have seriously twisted their ankle or worst!
Luckily, Jeremy had brushed the leaves off with his boot. Be sure to take some extra precautions when you go hiking, but especially when the trail is not completely visible. The extra time you take is well worth the effort, and just might save your extremities from needed a sling or air cast later. For more information on trekking poles and when to use them, check out my article here.
As you can see from the photos, the trails are steep, and mainly made from natural stones. Traverse at your own risk. It is beautiful country, and definitely a park worth checking out. It is a smaller park, so there are not a lot of trails, but the ones that they have are beautiful. Fort Amanda Park also has a pretty large picnic area, restrooms, and some rich, local history. It would be a nice place for a picnic. Kids would like it. We always did as kids.
Sick and injured soldiers were sent to Fort Amanda during the war of 1812. Despite best efforts, many soldiers died from their injuries, succumbing to dysentery or other ailments common during that time period. The Fort is home to 75 unknown soldiers from the War of 1812. I did not realize that Fort Amanda’s cemetery is still used today.
This is the first of many forts we will be visiting. Not only do we love hiking, but we are history geeks too! If you fit this category also, enjoy! Where is your favorite historic park? Share in the comments! And don’t forget that #HikingIsFun! #AdventureAwaits.