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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.

A dedicated bench stirs loving memories

A dedicated bench at Rocky Fork Metro Parks helps to keep alive Fred Bown’s memories of his wife, Sheree.

Man beats type 2 diabetes by biking in Metro Parks

10TV’s Molly Brewer talks with Matt Neal who beat type 2 diabetes by riding his bike at Three Creeks Metro Park.

ADA fishing at Prairie Oaks

10TV’s Karina Nova fishes with Rich Mann at Darby Bend Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

Three Generations of the Starks family love the Metro Parks

Dana Starks meets up with 10TV’s Yolanda Harris at Three Creeks to talk about the three generations of her family that love and use the Metro Parks frequently. As well …Read More

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