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Whatever you enjoy doing outdoors, Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks has a great place to begin your adventure. Find adventurous things to do, new activities to try and places to explore every day of the year! For seven decades, your Metro Parks have been a treasured natural resource for generations of central Ohioans of all ages and abilities.

Metro Parks are free and belong to everyone… so get out, get active and have some fun.

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Discover & Experience Nature

The mission of Metro Parks is to conserve open space, while providing place and opportunities that encourage people to discover and experience nature. Your 20 Metro Parks cover more than 28,700 acres of land and water and are home to more than 2,400 plant and animal species.

Every year more than 12 million people visit a Metro Park to escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich in recreational and educational opportunities. The tremendous growth and enduring popularity of Metro Parks is due to the strong support of the community – as voters, as volunteers and as visitors.

Canopy Walk is your gateway to the sky

VIRGINIA GORDON Communications Coordinator You’ve never seen anything like this at a Metro Park before. Imagine yourself walking through the tree tops, high above the earth, eyeball to eyeball with …Read More


VIRGINIA GORDON Communications Coordinator Another TALL TALE FROM THE DEEP WOODS (TTDW) Roll up, roll up – nature’s biggest and bestest (hee-hee, that’s not a word!) Song Contest is about …Read More

Behind the Parks: Meet Becca at Blendon Woods

Becca Ballard Park Ranger, Blendon Woods Metro Park Hometown and Background I come from Gambier, in Knox County, Ohio. It’s about an hour’s drive northeast of Columbus and is best …Read More

Tornado damages the Tall Pines Area at Walnut Woods

OLIVIA PIPER Resource Management Technician With recent stormy weather throughout Ohio, you may have noticed dramatic damage to some of the Metro Parks. One park in particular, Walnut Woods, experienced …Read More

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Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!