On June 9, the Metro Parks board of directors voted to allow off-trail access throughout the county system, encouraging people to explore the world away from the beaten path. The policy went into effect Aug. 1.

On June 9, the Metro Parks board of directors voted to allow off-trail access throughout the county system, encouraging people to explore the world away from the beaten path. The policy went into effect Aug. 1.

This weekend, the new deal gets even sweeter: A naturalist will actually take you off-trail. During a rugged, six-mile hike, you'll discover remote sections of Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in Galloway. Its nearly 7,000 acres include expansive prairies, restored wetlands and healthy rivers. Meet at the naturalist office; bring water, snacks and sturdy, comfortable shoes.