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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.

Wander and Wonder: Fall in Metro Parks

Lace up your hiking boots and look skyward for stunning fall color in your Metro Parks.

Tim Talks: Birding at Blacklick Woods

Bring your binoculars and see what you can find at Blacklick Woods Metro Park.

2020 Clear Creek lottery hunt

Metro Parks invites hunters to apply for the 2020 Clear Creek lottery hunt. Metro Parks will hold a lottery for 90-100 licensed hunters and a partner to hunt for white-tailed …Read More

Adventure starts here in your Metro Parks

Last week, a visitor checked stand up paddle boarding off her bucket list thanks to our highly qualified and enthusiastic Outdoor Adventure team. Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure is your free, …Read More

Lodges & Shelters

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Information on Lodges & Shelters

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!