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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.

Blendon Woods
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.

Prairie Oaks;

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. 

Sharon Woods
Explore the 7.5-acre area with its wooded hillside and creek. Enter from the last parking lot at the Apple Ridge Picnic Area. Entry sign on right side of the lot.

Slate Run
Explore the 7-acre area with its creek and wooded hillside. Park at the Shady Grove Picnic Area. Entrance is on right after crossing the bridge across Slate Run Creek on the Five Oaks Trail.

Three Creeks
Explore the 12-acre natural play area, with its pine forest bounded by the Evergreen Trail loop. Go to the Confluence Trails Area and look for the entry sign on the right.