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Natural play areas
Metro Parks Natural Play Areas connect kids and adults with the outdoors. These wooded areas and fields are designed to help people, especially children, discover nature and to develop a lasting affinity for outdoor play. Fun and adventure await you as you wander off-trail to climb a tree, dig in the mud, wade in a stream or scramble over boulders. Visit and download park maps for the exact location of each Natural Play Area.

Battelle Darby Creek
Explore the 8-acre area, with its ravine and creek. Go to the last parking lot at the end of the road into the Indian Ridge Picnic Area.

Blendon Woods
Explore the 10-acre area with its wooded hillside and ravine. Turn right at ranger station then take first left to the parking lot. Entrance at far end of the lot.

Explore the 15-acre area with its forest and path leading 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 

Explore the 25-acre area surrounding Beaver Lake, with its giant sycamore trees and alongside Big Darby Creek. Go to the Beaver Lake parking lot on Lucas Road and see the entry sign at the 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. Enterance 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.