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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.

Love blooms at Metro Parks

Hayley and Shaun had their first date at Three Creeks Metro Park five years ago, and knew they were the ones for each other. Now they’ve set a date for …Read More

For 70 Years – some things always stay the same

Many things have changed in the past 70 years, but Metro Parks has remained Central Ohio’s number one destination for picnics and good old-fashioned family fun.   Tell us about …Read More

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

Metro Parks Annual Winter Hike Series

The snow is starting to fall, which means it’s time for winter hikes! Join us for our 46th annual winter hike series starting January 2019. For a full schedule of …Read More

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