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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.

Tim Talks: Winter activities

Experience a true winter wonderland and challenge yourself to a variety of outdoor activities.

Help us hike to a greener place at the 2020 Winter Hikes

Join us at the 2020 Winter Hikes and help us hike to a greener place. For a full list of upcoming winter hikes, visit

Man soaks up nature at Blendon Woods

Keith Kraut talks with 10TV’s Karina Nova at Blendon Woods about birding and how the park helps him cope with depression and anxiety. Keith birds at the park several times …Read More

Metro Parks is one researcher’s paradise

Pattama Ulrich dreams of a world where humans, wildlife and nature harmoniously coexist. She’s making this dream come true by studying natural resource management at Metro Parks with an emphasis …Read More

Lodges & Shelters

Find the perfect place for events of all sizes

Information on Lodges & Shelters

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!