Natural play areas
Metro Parks Natural Play Areas are designed to help people, especially kids, discover nature and develop a lasting affinity for outdoor play. Wander off-trail, climb a tree, dig in the mud, wade in a stream or scramble over boulders. View park maps for the exact location of each Natural Play Area.
Battelle Darby Creek
Eight-acre area with a ravine and creek. Last parking lot at end of the road into Indian Ridge Picnic Area.
A 10-acre area with a wooded hillside and ravine. Turn right at ranger station then second left to parking lot. Entrance at far end of the lot.
Explore the 15-acre area with a forest and path to the Olentangy River. Turn left at the intersection in the Big Meadows Picnic Area and stop at the first parking lot. Entrance on left.
A 25-acre area surrounding Beaver Lake, with giant sycamore trees. Go to Beaver Lake parking lot on Lucas Road. Entrance at south end of the lot.