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Three Creeks (1,100 acres)
Open 6:30am to 10pm April through September /
6:30am to 8pm October through March
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Named for the confluence where Alum, Big Walnut and Blacklick creeks join, this 1,100-acre park is operated through a partnership of Metro Parks and Columbus Recreation and Parks.

Three Creeks is a major hub in the Franklin County Greenways program, an interconnected system of trails along the seven major streams in Central Ohio. Hikers, bicyclists and joggers can enjoy 15 miles of trails that parallel the stream corridors as they wind through forests, fields, prairies and wetlands.

Owls, great blue herons and more than 100 species of birds have been sighted. Visitors may catch a glimpse of beaver, mink, coyote, deer and other wildlife as they walk or bike along the trails.

Three Creeks features five areas, each with a separate entrance and connected to one another through the Alum Creek Greenways Trail: Confluence Trails Area / Heron Pond / Madison Mills / Sycamore Fields / Smith Farm.

  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Pet trail
  • Nature trails
  • Picnicking
  • Nature programs
  • Fishing (Heron Pond
         and along the creeks)
  • Canoeing
  • Rollerblading


    3860 Bixby Road
    Groveport, OH 43125
    (Franklin County)

    From I-270, take U.S. 33 east towards Lancaster about 1 mile. Turn right on Hamilton Road and go about 1.25 miles to Bixby Road and turn right. Entrance is about 0.75 miles on the right.

    Athletic fields: Sports enthusiasts can play soccer, baseball and field hockey at Sycamore Fields and other areas in the northern part of the park. For information, call Columbus Recreation and Parks at 614.645.3300.

    Tram: Metro Parks operates a 42-passenger tram that travels along the trails. To schedule a free tram program with the naturalist or find out about upcoming programs, call 614.508.8111.

    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.

    Dog Park: The City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department manages a 4-acre dog park in the Sycamore Fields area, 3066 Spangler Road (just south of Watkins Road).