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Whatever you enjoy doing outdoors, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks are 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.
It’s in your nature!

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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 19 Metro Parks cover more than 27,700 acres of land and water and are home to more than 2,400 plant and animal species.

Every year about 11 million people visit a Metro Park to escape into a world of 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.

The tunnel of love: Keeping salamanders off the streets

PEG HANLEY Public Information Manager Mating season for eastern tiger salamanders and spotted salamanders at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park can get a bit dicey as these determined creatures surface …Read More

Wander and Wonder: Winter in Metro Parks

Go out and play this winter in your Metro Parks.

Tim Talks: Winter hikes

Bundle up and hit the trails for our Winter Hike series! Discover a new trail on your winter hike and capture your winter memories at our fun selfie station.

Snap a #cbusparkie at Metro Parks selfie station

Smile big because it’s now easier than ever to snap the perfect Instagram-worthy selfie with a scenic Metro Parks background. We’re kicking off our rotating #cbusparkie selfie station which will …Read More

Lodges & Shelters

Find the perfect place for events of all sizes

Information on Lodges & Shelters

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!