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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.

Tim Talks: Winter hikes

Bundle up and hit the trails for our Winter Hike series! Discover a new trail on your winter hike and capture your winter memories at our fun selfie station.

A ticket to travel through your Metro Parks

JILL SNYDER Assistant Manager of Interpretation and Education Bundle up and put on your hiking boots – it’s time for Metro Parks annual winter hikes! This year, the winter hike …Read More

Wander and Wonder: Geology rocks at Highbanks

Discover a new world at Highbanks Metro Park. Turn over rocks, discover new wildlife and explore the park.

Tim Talks: Homeschooling at Highbanks

Join the Gleason family for a family adventure at Highbanks Metro Park.

Lodges & Shelters

Find the perfect place for events of all sizes

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