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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.

Keep your spirits high and come home to winter fun in your Metro Parks

If you’re looking for ways to come out of hibernation and embrace the wonders of the season, head out to one of your 20 Metro Parks with family and friends. It’s …Read More

Metro Parks 49th Winter Hike Series kicks off in December

No matter how far, no matter when, Metro Parks Winter Hikes have a trail for you to enjoy! Hike under the Twinkling Lights in December, start the New Year with …Read More

Come home to Metro Parks

Welcome home to your Metro Parks.

Adventure Starts Here: Fall wonders

Look for wildlife preparing for winter and migrating waterfowl as you discover your Metro Parks this fall.

Lodges & Shelters

Find the perfect place for events of all sizes

Information on Lodges & Shelters

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