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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.

Adventure Starts Here: Five Fabulous Fellas

Five Fabulous Fellas discover fierce family fun at Glacier Ridge.

Wander and Wonder: The red dogs are here!

The red dogs are here! Walk the Darby Creek Greenway Trail at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park to see baby bison frolicking in the pasture with their mamas 🐃

Wander and Wonder: Spring wildflowers at Three Creeks

Discover the beauty of spring as you walk the trails at Three Creeks.

Adventure Starts Here: Outdoor Adventure programming

Climb to new heights, get hooked on fishing and paddle your way to fun with Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure.

Lodges & Shelters

Find the perfect place for events of all sizes

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