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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.

Adventure Starts Here: Adaptive Sports Connection at Glacier Ridge Metro Park

Veterans find joy on bikes at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

Summer fun with your furry friend

CAROLINE WAGNER Outdoor Adventure Programming Summer is for animal lovers! Hitting the trail with your furry friend is a dream come true. Before you and your best friend head outdoors, check …Read More

Wander and Wonder: Natural play areas

Let your imagination run wild at Metro Parks natural play areas.

Adventure Starts Here: Paddling Big Darby Creek

There's nothing like paddling Big Darby Creek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

Lodges & Shelters

Find the perfect place for events of all sizes

Information on Lodges & Shelters

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!