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Pet Trails
Fourteen of the 17 Metro Parks have designated pet trails, as shown below.

Domesticated dogs and cats are permitted only in the picnic areas, roadways and on designated pet trails. Pets shall be controlled at all times and on a leash not more than six-feet long. Owners must clean up after pets and dispose of waste in a sanitary manner.


Battelle Darby Creek

Directions:
From I-270, take the W Broad St (US 40) exit west. Go about 5 miles and turn left on Darby Creek Dr. The main entrance is about 3 miles on the right. Indian Ridge Area is about 1 mile south of the main entrance on the right.

Darby Creek Greenway Trail  (4.7 miles, easy)
Gravel, winds through fields and woods and through the bison areas

Wagtail Trail
  (1.6 miles, easy to moderate)
Grass surface traverses restored prairies, open grasslands, forest and wetlands.

Directions to trail entrance: 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. Continue about 5 miles on Darby Creek Drive passing the main park entrance to Alkire Road and turn right. Continue on Alkire Road about 1 mile (crossing over Big Darby Creek) to Georgesville Wrightsville Road and turn left. Pet trail parking lot is about 1.6 miles on the left, after the road zig-zags.

Lake Trail  (1 mile, easy)
Dirt surface loops around a quarry lake. (Pleasant Valley Quarry Area).

Edgewood Trail  (1 mile, easy)
Dirt surface loops through a meadow and along the edge of woodland. (Pleasant Valley Quarry Area)

Prairie Way  (0.25 miles, easy)
Grass surface passes through a meadow and splits the loop of the Edgewood Trail. (Pleasant Valley Quarry Area)

Directions to Pleasant Valley Quarry trails entrance: From I-71, take exit 94 and go 1.75 miles on Sr 62 / SR 3 southwest towards Harrisburg. Entrance is on the left.

Note: There are also dog swimming areas at Pleasant Valley and at Osprey Lake, 5800 Harrisburg-Georgesville Road, Darbydale

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Blacklick Woods

Blacklick Creek Greenway   (0.75 miles north/0.75 miles south, easy)
Paved surface passes through meadows.

Directions: From I-270, take E Main Street/Reynoldsburg exit. Go east on Min St to Brice Road and turn right. Take Brice Road to Livingston Ave and turn left. Entrance is about 1.5 miles on right. Drive to nature center parking lot for southern section of trail, which continues out of the park to Refugee Road. Park at Beech Maple Lodge or Ash Grove for northern section of trail (or join it from the bike and pedestrian entrance on Livingston Ave).

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Blendon Woods

Goldenrod Pet Trail  (1.2 miles, easy)
Grass surface passes through meadows.

Directions: From I-270, take State Route 161/New Albany exit east to the Little Turtle Way exit and turn right onto Old State Route 161/East Dublin-Granville Road. Entrance is 1/2 mile on the left.

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Clear Creek

Barnebey Pet Trail    (1 mile, one way, easy to moderate)
Gravel surface. Trail is actually the first mile of the Chestnut Trail, which flows over gently rolling hills to a gate where the trail enters the forest. Pets are not allowed beyond this point.

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Glacier Ridge

Ironweed Trail
  (2.8 miles, easy)
Paved surface traverses woods and fields.

Marsh Hawk Trail  (2.2 miles, easy)
Paved surface traverses grasslands and woods.

Directions: From I-270 take U.S. 33 west (near Dublin) to State Route 161/Post Road exit. Turn right onto Post Road, then left onto Hyland Croy Road. Entrance is about 3 miles north on left.

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Heritage Trail Park

Heritage Trail  (3.7 miles, easy)
Paved surface traverses open fields.

Note:
There is also a 4-acre dog park with separate areas for large and for small dogs.

Directions: From I-270 take Tuttle Road and turn left onto Wilcox Road. Turn right onto Hayden Run Road. Entrance is about 2.75 miles on right.

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Highbanks

Coyote Run Trail  (3.5 miles, moderate)
Grass surface, through hardwood forests and fields. Closed to pets and hiking when cross-country skiing conditions exist.

Big Meadows Path  (1 mile, moderate)
Asphalt surface, through meadows and playfields. 

Oak Coves Path  (0.4 miles, easy)
Asphalt surface, through meadows and playfields. 

Directions: From I-270 take U.S. 23 North about 3 miles. Entrance is on the left, just before Powell Road.

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Inniswood Metro Gardens 

Chipmunk Chatter Trail  (0.6 miles, easy)
Paved surface traverses woodland.

Trail is accessed from North Street, Westerville, or from the far end of the Inniswood parking lot, outside the gardens, near the maintenance area.

Directions to trail entrance (North Street): From I-270, take the 161 east exit and turn left onto Sunbury Road. Go north on Sunbury Road about 1.5 miles to North Street on the left.

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Pickerington Ponds

Blacklick Creek Greenways Trail  (1.2 miles inside park, then 7.8 miles south to Three Creeks, 0.85 miles north to Portman Park)
Paved surface passes through woods, fields and wetlands. Trail can be accessed from the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area off Bowen Road

Directions: From I-270 take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster about 3 miles. Turn left onto Gender Road, go about 1 mile and turn right onto Wright Road. Go about 1 mile to Bowen Road and turn left. Glacier Knoll picnic and parking area is about 0.25 miles on left.

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Prairie Oaks

Note: Pet Trails are not accessible from the main park entrance off Plain City-Georgesville Road.

Sycamore Plains Trail  (1 mile, moderate)
Grass and dirt surfaces traverse grasslands and passes along Big Darby Creek.

Osage Opening Trail  (0.5 mile loop, moderate to difficult)
Grass and dirt surfaces traverse fields and woodlands.

Tall Grass Trail  (0.7 mile loop, easy)
Grass and dirt uneven surface, but fairly level, extends southward in a loop from the Sycamore Plains Trail.

Directions to the above trails entrance: From Route 142 (Plain City-Georgesville Road) go about 1/4 mile south of I-70 exit. Turn left on High Free Pike. Go about 1 mile to Roberts Road and turn left. Go about 1 mile on Roberts Road to Amity Road and turn left. Entrance is on left

Mound Trail  (0.3 miles, easy)
Grass and dirt uneven surface, but fairly level, encircles an Indian Mound in the Darby Bend Lakes area.

Lakeview Trail  (0.6 miles, easy)
Grass, dirt and hard-packed grit surface, fairly level with a few uneven surfaces, runs down the east side of the most southerly lake in the Darby Bend Lakes area, connecting with the Darby Creek Greenway Trail near the bridge to the west side of Big Darby Creek.

River Rock Trail  (0.7 miles, easy)
Grass and dirt surface fairly level but uneven, loops around one of the lakes in the Darby Bend Lakes area from the Darby Creek Greenway Trail.

Darby Creek Greenway Trail  (3.4-miles, easy)
Gravel surface, runs through the Darby Bend Lakes Area, crosses Big Darby Creek and runs alongside restored prairies.

Directions to Darby Bend Lakes trails entrances: From I-270, take I-70 west to the West Jefferson / Plain City exit (exit 85), turn right onto Plain City-Georgesville Road / State Route 142. Go about 2.25 miles to Lucas Road (passing the main park entrance) and turn right. Go across Big Darby Creek and turn right at the stop sign onto Amity Road. Entrance is about 1/2 mile on right.

Beaver Lake Trail  (0.9 miles, easy)
Natural surface, loops around Beaver Lake in the Natural Play Area.

Directions to Beaver Lake: (8921 Lucas Road, Plain City):
From I-270 take I-70 west to West Jefferson/Plain City exit, turn right onto Plain City-Georgesville Road/State Route 142. Go about 2.25 miles to Lucas Road (passing the main park entrance) and turn right. Entrance is about 0.25 miles on right.

Prairie Oaks also features a dog swimming area in the Darby Bend Lakes area where dogs are allowed off leash.

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Scioto Audubon

Scioto Greenway Trail 
  (2 miles, easy) The Scioto Greenway Trail runs through the park, going south about 2 miles to Berliner Park, and north to Bicentennial Park, where there's a connection to the Olentangy Greenway Trail, which goes north of I-270 to Worthington Hills Park.

Directions: From I-71, take the Greenlawn Avenue exit east one-third of a mile and turn left on South Front Street. Go a quarter of a mile and turn left on West Whittier Street. Entrance is one-third of a mile on left.

Scioto Audubon also has a 2-acre Dog Park with separate areas for large and for small dogs, both with an agility course.

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Slate Run

Covered Bridge Trail  (0.5 miles, easy)
Gravel surface through fields with a view of Buzzard’s Lake.

Lake Trail  (0.4 miles, easy)
Paved surface loops around an inlet in Buzzard's Roost Lake.

Shagbark Trail  (0.5 miles, easy)
Gravel surface loop trail through fields and forests connects to Covered Bridge Trail.

Directions: From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster to the Canal Winchester/State Route 674 exit. Turn right onto Gender Road/Route 674 and go about 2 miles until it dead-ends into Lithopolis Road. Turn left and go about 1/2 mile to Route 674. Turn right and go about 4 miles to the entrance on the right.

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Three Creeks

Evergreen Trail  (0.5 miles, easy)
Dirt and grass surface traverses white pine grove.

Blacklick Creek Greenways Trail  (9 miles to Glacier Knoll Picnic Area in Pickerington Ponds, easy)
Paved surface runs parallel to Blacklick Creek through meadows and wetlands.

Alum Creek Greenways Trail  (14.6 miles roundtrip, easy)
Paved surface runs parallel to Alum Creek, crossing a 300 ft. bridge below the confluence of the Alum, Big Walnut and Blacklick creeks.

Turtle Pond Trail  (0.4 miles, easy)
Gravel surface loops around the pond in the Confluence Trails Area.

Loop Trails
Pets can also be walked on the Heron Pond Loop Trail, the Turtle Pond Trail in the Confluence Trails area, and loops around Madison Mills and around Sycamore Fields playing areas, extending to Smith Farms.

Directions: From I-270, take U.S. 33 east to the South Hamilton Road exit. Turn right and go about 1 mile to Bixby Road and turn right. Entrance is about 1 mile on the right.

Three Creeks also features a 4-acre Dog Park managed by the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

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Walnut Woods
Tall Pines Area
Sweetgum Trail  (2.6 miles, easy)
Paved surface traverses stands of sweet gum and pine trees.

Directions to Tall Pines Area: From I-270, take US 33 east toward Lancaster. Go about 1.3 miles then turn right on Hamilton Road/SR 317. Go about 2.7 miles and turn left onto Main Street/Groveport Road. Go 1.4 miles to Richardson Road and turn right. The entrance to the Tall Pines Area is about 1.1 miles on your right.

Buckeye Area
Buckeye Trail  (2 miles, easy)
Paved surface goes through stands of young nursery trees like serviceberry, crab apple and red maple. Part of the trail runs alongside Walnut Creek, with buckeye trees alongside the creek. The Buckeye Area also features a 4-acre dog park, with swimming for large dogs, and a separate area for small dogs (under 20 pounds).

Directions to Buckeye Area: From I-270, take US 33 east toward Lancaster. Go about 1.3 miles then turn right on Hamilton Road/SR 317. Go about 2.7 miles and turn left onto Main Street/Groveport Road. Go 1.75 miles to Lithopolis Road and turn right. The entrance to the Buckeye Area is about 0.75 miles on your left. (Entrance to Park Office is directly opposite, 6723 Lithopolis Road).

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