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Blacklick Woods (643 acres)
Open 6:30am to 10pm April through September /
6:30am to 8pm October through March
39.94595    -82.80999  (park)
39.94577    -82.80152  (golf course)

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.

Shrubs include spicebush and buttonbush and the park features a small buttonbush swamp.

The 100-acre beech-maple forest is one of the least disturbed in Central Ohio. As you meander along the trails amid the beech and sugar maples, you might spy a fox sizing up a meadow vole or watch a white-tailed deer browsing before sundown.

Visitors can also enjoy wildlife from the open meadows and fields while picnicking at the park. Seasonal ponds host abundant aquatic and plant life.

Blacklick Creek flows south along the eastern boundary of the park. The park features more than six miles of trails for hiking, biking and jogging.

  • Playfields
  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic areas and shelters
  • Nature programs
  • Sledding
  • Nature center
  • Hiking, jogging and biking trails 
  • Rollerblading
  • Picnicking 
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Birding
  • Golf courses


    6975 E. Livingston Ave.
    Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
    (eastern Franklin & northwestern Fairfield counties)

    From I-270, take the East Main Street/Reynoldsburg exit. Go east on Main Street to Brice Road and turn right. Take Brice Road to Livingston Avenue and turn left. Entrance is about 1.5 miles on the right.

    Walter A. Tucker State Nature Preserve: This 55-acre swamp preserve honors Walter A. Tucker, one of the founding directors of Metro Parks and one of the individuals who helped establish the state nature preserve system. It is designated a National Natural Landmark.

    Nature Center: Your gateway to outdoor discovery. Ask a naturalist questions, discover nature through displays and view wildlife from the nature center's windows. (Hours)

    Ashton Pond: Filled with water lilies, turtles and fish, this scenic 2-acre pond lies just south of the Beech Maple Lodge.

    Beech-Maple Lodge and 5 reservable shelters