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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.
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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.

Furry Friends Make for the Best Hiking Buddies

LIZ CHRISTIAN Social Media and Marketing Specialist Hiking is fun, but hiking with your best friend is even better! Metro Parks has over 100 miles of pet trails throughout the …Read More

20 IN 23: The Story of Slate Run

VIRGINIA GORDON Communications Coordinator Slate Run, when it opened in 1981, became the largest Metro Park in the Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District. In 1963, a full 18 …Read More

25 Years of Summer Camp

ASHLEY YOCKEY Camp and Event Specialist It may be frosty and cold outside, but summer will be here sooner than you know! Here at Metro Parks, summertime is always on …Read More

Behind the Parks: Meet Larry at Blacklick Woods Golf Course

Larry Logan Maintenance Technician, Blacklick Woods Golf Course Hometown and background I was born in Columbus, but my family moved to Daytona in Florida when I was two years old. …Read More

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