Please browse our Parks to get detailed information, including park overview, activities, facilities, trails and program schedule. After your visit online, come out to one of our 17 parks and uncover Central Ohio's natural beauty and wonders.
Please choose a park from the list below to go directly to that park.
|Battelle Darby Creek
Stretched along more than 14 miles of the Big and Little Darby creeks, Battelle Darby Creek is the largest Metro Park with more than 7,000 acres of prairies, fields and forests. It also features a nature center with a living stream.
Opened in 1948, Blacklick Woods is the oldest and one of the busiest Metro Parks. The forest areas of this 643-acre park are laced with trails that wind through a swamp forest with white oak, pin oak and white ash along with red maple, red elm, shagbark, butternut hickory and dogwood.
Blacklick Woods Golf Course
Blacklick Woods features two challenging courses and is rated one of the top ten most difficult public golf courses in Greater Columbus by Business First magazine.
Spectacular stream cut ravines surrounded by beech-maple and oak-hickory forests highlight this 653-acre Metro Park.
Chestnut Ridge provides a quick getaway from the noise of the city. Located southeast of Columbus, the park provides hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing, a playground and — most importantly — peace and quiet.
You may catch a glimpse of turkey, deer, ruffed grouse, coyote, black vultures or even see the traces of the elusive bobcat along the park's more than 15 miles of trails.
Named for the end moraine that was left behind when the Wisconsin Glacier retreated some 12,000 to 17,000 years ago, much of this Metro Park was used as farm land.
The Heritage Trail is a 7-mile trail converted from abandoned right-of-way located in Franklin and Madison Counties in Central Ohio.
Highbanks is appropriately named for its massive 100-foot high shale bluffs that tower over the Olentangy State Scenic River.
Nestled within a scenic nature preserve, Inniswood Metro Gardens is a continual source of inspiration for Central Ohioans of all ages.
Designated as one of Ohio's Important Birding Areas by Audubon Ohio, Pickerington Ponds is a premier spot for observing more than 260 species of birds.
Prairie Oaks features nearly 400 acres of lush prairies and grasslands.
The 120-acre Scioto Audubon Metro Park features one of the nation's largest outdoor climbing walls, wetlands and river boating and fishing.
Audubon Ohio runs the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.
The 14-acre Schrock Lake serves as a focal point of this 761-acre Metro Park. The lake provides the setting for kids' fishing, bird watching and picnicking.
Slate Run features a variety of habitats ranging from the open areas of grasslands, wetlands and meadows to the forested areas of beech, oak, hickory and sugar maple.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
Time has been turned back to the 1880s at Slate Run Living Historical Farm. Visitors can experience first-hand what life was like on an Ohio farm more than 100 years ago.
Named for the confluence where Alum, Big Walnut and Blacklick creeks join, this 1,066-acre park is operated through a partnership of Metro Parks and Columbus Recreation and Parks.
This 1,032-acre park includes the Tall Pines Area, featuring 2.5 miles of trail and a small picnic area with three tables and a grill, and the Buckeye Area, open for public programs. A third area is under development.