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 www.metroparks.net 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.
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.
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.