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Battelle Darby Creek (7,070 acres)
Tel 614.370.6254
6:30am to 10pm April through September
6:30am to 8pm October through March
39.90346     -83.20914
39.91618     -83.21127 (Nature Center)
Battelle Darby features more than 7,000 acres of forest, prairies and wetlands. It stretches along 13 miles of the Big and Little Darby Creeks, both State and National Scenic Rivers. Besides the areas surrounding the creeks, there are also over 1,600 acres of restored wetlands and prairies. Bison have been reintroduced to the park and roam freely within two enclosed pastures.

  • biking
  • canoeing/kayaking
  • cross-country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • natural play area
  • nature center
  • pets - dog swimming
  • pet trail
  • picnicking
  • play areas
  • shelters/lodges - reservable
  • sledding

    1775 Darby Creek Drive
    Galloway, OH 43119
    (southwestern Franklin County)

    From I-270 take the West Broad Street (U.S. 40) exit west. Go about 5 miles on Broad Street and turn left onto Darby Creek Drive. Main entrance is about 3 miles on the right.

    Nature Center: 1415 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway OH 43119. On the right about 1 mile before the main park entrance.

    Indian Ridge Picnic Area: 2705 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway OH 43119. Continue south on Darby Creek Drive past the main park entrance about 1 mile. Entrance is on the right, just south of Alkire Road.

    Canoe Access/Sledding Hill: 8465 Alkire Road, Galloway OH 43119: From I-270 take the West Broad Street (U.S. 40) exit west. Go about five miles on Broad Street to Darby Creek Drive. Turn left onto Darby Creek Drive and proceed 3.75 miles to Alkire Road. Turn right on Alkire Road and go about 0.75 miles. The parking lot for canoe access and the sledding hill is on the left.

    Ice Skating Pond: 3711 Gardner Road, Georgesville OH 43123: Take I-70 west to exit 85, SR 142 and go south about 6.5 miles on Plain City-Georgesville Road / Gardner Road. Entrance is on the right.

    Pet Trail: 2914 Georgesville/Wrightsville Road, Georgesville, OH. From I-270, take the West Broad Street (U.S. 40) exit west. Go about 5 miles on Broad Street and turn left on Darby Creek Drive. Go about 3.75 miles to Alkire Road and turn right. Go about 1 mile to Georgesville/Wrightsville Road and turn left. Entrance to the Wagtail Trail is about 0.3 miles on left.

    Osprey Lake: 5800 Harrisburg-Georgesville Road, Darby Dale OH 43123: Take exit 97 on I-71 and go 5.25 miles on SR 665 to the T-junction of Norton Road/Harrisburg-Georgesville Road. Turn left onto Harrisburg-Georgesville Road and go about 0.4 miles. Entrance is on the left.

    Pleasant Valley Area: 9137 US Route 62, Orient OH 43146: Take exit 94 on I-71 and go 1.75 miles on Sr 62 / SR 3 southwest towards Harrisburg. Entrance is on the left.

    Public Hunting Area: Must have proper state and federal licenses to hunt legal species. In addition, special regulations apply at the park's public hunting area. Hunting Area Rules & Regulations


    One reservable lodge and two reservable shelters.

    Nature Center: a 14,000 sq-foot nature center featuring a living stream and interactive exhibits.

    Osprey Lake: Anglers can fish for catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass at this 14-acre pond. There is also a dog swimming area.

    Canoe and Fishing Access: Located off Alkire Road, outdoor enthusiasts can easily get into Big and Little Darby Creek to fish, canoe or kayak.

    Streamside Classroom: Metro Parks naturalists conduct free nature programs for school and youth groups.

    Natural Play Area: Kids and adults can go off-trail and interact with nature in a more direct way than usual, by climbing trees and rocks, digging in the dirt, playing in streams and generally having fun.

    Bison: Park at the Cedar Ridge Area parking lot (main park entrance) and walk about one mile north on the Darby Creek Greenway Trail to see the park's herd of six female bison, and three young, in their two bison areas (either side of the trail). The bison can be seen from the deck behind the nature center when they're in their winter paddock, or from the bison cam in the nature center.

    Pleasant Valley Area: Features three trails, totaling 2.25 miles. Leashed pets are permitted on all three trails, and there is a special dog swimming area southwest of the parking lot. Fishing is permitted along both quarry lakes with a valid fishing license. There are no trash cans at this area, though we provide bags at the site so visitors can collect and carry out their own trash. Please assist us in maintaining a clean, safe park. We encourage disposal of discarded fishing line and tackle into recycling containers near the parking lot. Map of area