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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.

Scioto Fest 2021 is almost here!

Scioto Fest is back and loaded with tons of fun activities for you and your friends and family, including overnight camping. We’ve even got stuff for your furry best friend. …Read More

A banner year for baby bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

PEG HANLEY Public Information Manager If you missed the five bison born at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, you’re in luck as one of the mammas gave birth to a …Read More

Quarry Trails Metro Park opening this fall!

Sixty-four acres of what will explode into a 180-acre destination park for recreation, fun and adventure will open this fall. Located along the west bank of the Scioto River near …Read More

Adventure Starts Here: The Parable Project

The Parable Project connects kids and nature at Metro Parks.

Lodges & Shelters

Find the perfect place for events of all sizes

Information on Lodges & Shelters

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!