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    Battelle Darby Creek

    Galloway, Ohio. Battelle Darby features more than 7,000 acres of forest, prairies and wetlands. It stretches along 13 miles of the Big and Little Darby Creeks, both State and National Scenic Rivers. Besides the areas surrounding the creeks, there are also over 200 acres of restored wetlands and prairies. Bison have been reintroduced to the park and roam freely within two enclosed pastures.

    Directions

    1775 Darby Creek Dr Galloway, OH 43119

    39.90346,-83.20914

    From I-270 take W Broad St (US 40) exit west. Go about 5 miles on Broad St to Darby Creek Dr. Turn left onto Darby Creek Dr and go 3 miles to main park entrance on right.

    Nature Center

    1415 Darby Creek Dr Galloway, OH 43119

    39.91618,-83.21127

    Entrance is on right 1 mile before main park entrance. (Indian Ridge Picnic Area is 1 mile south of the main entrance on the right).

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    Blacklick Woods

    Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Blacklick Woods features 643 acres of woods, fields, seasonal swamp ponds, a small prairie and a golf course. It has one of the best remaining beech-maple forests in Central Ohio along with a buttonbush swamp. The forest areas are laced with trails that wind through a swamp forest with oak and white ash along with red maple, elm, shagbark, bitternut hickory and dogwood.

    Directions

    6975 & 7309 E Livingston Ave Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

    39.94595,-82.80999

    From I-270, take the E Main St/Reyn- oldsburg exit. Go east on Main St to Brice Rd and turn right. Take Brice Rd to Livingston Ave and turn left. Entrance is about 1.5 miles on the right. Golf course is 1⁄4 mile beyond the park entrance.

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    Blacklick Woods Golf Course

    Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Forty acres of the course's 235 acres are natural area—a place where birds and birdies peacefully coexist. Audubon International has certified the golf courses as a Cooperative Sanctuary for their comprehensive environmental management and protection of wildlife habitats. Metro Parks has developed the courses with a long-range vision of protection and enhancement of the natural environment.

    Directions

    7309 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

    39.94577,-82.80152

    From I-270, take the E Main St/Reynoldsburg exit. Go east on Main St to Brice Rd and turn right. Take Brice Rd to Livingston Ave and turn left. Golf course entrance is about 1.75 miles on the right and is 1⁄4 mile beyond the park entrance.

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    Blendon Woods

    Westerville, Ohio. Blendon Woods contains spectacular stream-cut ravines with exposed ripple rock sandstone and open fields surrounded by beech-maple and oak-hickory forests. The 653-acre park is a great place to see a variety of songbirds, waterfowl and other wildlife, especially the flock of wild turkeys meandering about in search of food. The 118-acre Walden Waterfowl Refuge with its 11-acre Thoreau Lake provides a sanctuary for hundreds of birds, ducks and other wildlife. Open year-round, it features two elevated observation shelters with spotting scopes for viewing waterfowl.

    Directions

    4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd Westerville, OH 43081

    40.07987,-82.88470

    From I-270, take State Route 161 exit (30B) toward New Albany onto E Dublin-Granville Road. Go 1.6 miles then take the Little Turtle Way exit and turn right. Go to Old SR 161 and turn right. Entrance is 1/2 mile on left.

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  • Photo: Susan Moore

    Chestnut Ridge

    Carroll, Ohio. Chestnut Ridge is the first ridge in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The ridge spans about 4,500 feet and rises to about 1,116 feet. Black oak, shagbark hickory and northern red oak trees grow on the upper slopes of the ridge and enhance the woodland beauty of the 486-acre park. Sugar maples and American beech are plentiful on the lower slopes.

    Directions

    8445 Winchester Rd NW Carroll, OH 43112

    39.81027,-82.75365

    From I-270, take US 33 east toward Lancaster. Go about 11 miles and turn right on Winchester Rd. Entrance is about 3 miles on the left.

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  • Photo: Ken Browne

    Clear Creek

    Rockbridge, Ohio. Clear Creek Metro Park features 5300 acres of woodland interspersed with blackhand sandstone cliffs, ravines and creeks and is home to more than 2,200 species of plants and animals. Forested areas range from Canadian hemlocks and ferns, to oak and hickory, to Ohio’s last remaining colonies of rhododendron. Home to Ohio’s largest state nature preserve.

    Directions

    185 Clear Creek Rd Rockbridge, OH 43149

    39.81027,-82.75365

    From I-270, take US 33 about 32 miles. Turn right on Clear Creek Rd (SR 116). Picnic areas, facilities and trails are located along Clear Creek Rd for the next seven miles.

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  • Photo: Renata Ramsini

    Glacier Ridge

    Plain City, Ohio. Glacier Ridge was named for the end moraine or glacial debris left behind when the glaciers retreated some 12,000 to 17,000 years ago. Much of the 1,037-acre park was once covered with farmland. Visitors can traverse a boardwalk through the Honda Wetlands Area or climb a 25-foot observation tower to see waterfowl and other animals.

    Directions

    9801 Hyland Croy Rd Plain City OH 43064

    40.15628,-83.18510

    Take I-270 toward Dublin. Take 33/161 west (exit 17B) toward Marysville. Follow 33/161 west to the 161/Plain City/Post Rd exit. Turn right at the light and then immediately left on Hyland Croy Rd. The Honda Wetland Education Area is 1 mile north on the left (7825 Hyland Croy Rd). The park’s main entrance is 2 miles further north.

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  • Photo: Bill Buescher

    Greenway Trails

    The Central Ohio Greenways are multi-use trails used for recreation and alternative transportation. Greenways connect people to the places they live, work and play as well as preserve open space to promote air and water quality. Metro Parks works with several agencies and communities to create and maintain these trails for the citizens of Central Ohio.

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  • Heritage Trail Park

    Hilliard, Ohio. Heritage Trail features 87 acres and is adjacent to the Heritage Rail Trail, a multi-purpose trail converted from abandoned right-of-way. The 7-mile paved trail starts in Old Hilliard off Main Street and continues toward Plain City.

    Directions

    7262 Hayden Run Rd Hilliard, OH 43026

    40.05951,-83.19585

    From I-270 take Tuttle Rd and turn left onto Wilcox Rd. Turn right onto Hayden Run Rd. Entrance is about 2 3⁄4 miles on the right.

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  • Photo: Terrence Peck

    Highbanks

    Lewis Center, Ohio. Highbanks is named for its massive 100-foot-high shale bluff towering over the Olentangy State Scenic River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a number of deep ravines in the eastern part of the 1,160-acre park. Ohio and Olentangy shales, often containing outstanding large concretions, are exposed on the bluff face and sides of the ravines.

    Directions

    9466 US 23 N. Lewis Center, OH 43035

    40.15283,-83.01837

    From I-270, take US 23 North about 3 miles. Entrance is on the left, just before Powell Rd.

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  • Photo: Leslie Dybiec

    Homestead

    Hilliard, Ohio. Homestead is a 44-acre park in Hilliard featuring a covered bridge, a replica train station and an outdoor amphitheater. It has a 0.75-mile paved trail which connects to the 7-mile Heritage Trail, which runs along the park’s western border.

    Directions

    4675 Cosgray Rd Hilliard, OH 43026

    40.05130,-83.18125

    Take I-270, turn west onto Cemetery Road toward Hilliard. Go past Main St and road merges with Scioto Darby Rd. Go to Cosgray Rd and turn right. Entrance on left.

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  • Photo: Kathryn Cubert

    Inniswood Metro Gardens

    Westerville, Ohio. Nestled within a scenic nature preserve, the 121-acre Inniswood Metro Gardens is a source of inspiration for all ages. Streams and woodlands filled with wildflowers and wildlife provide a majestic backdrop to the beautifully landscaped areas. Inniswood boasts more than 2,000 species of plants, specialty collections and several theme gardens. You can support Inniswood Metro Gardens by becoming a member of the Inniswood Garden Society.

    Directions

    940 S Hempstead Rd Westerville, OH 43081

    40.10086,-82.90357

    From I-270, take SR 3/Westerville Rd exit south to Dempsey Rd and turn left. Go about 1 mile to Hempstead Rd and turn left. Turn again on Hempstead Rd as it jogs right just past the Blendon Town- ship Complex. Entrance is about 100 yards on the right.

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  • Photo: Bryan Huber

    Pickerington Ponds

    Canal WInchester, Ohio. Pickerington Ponds is a premier spot for birdwatching, with more than 260 species seen. The combination of seasonal ponds and rich wetland vegetation, with bordering woodlands, serve as a magnet for migrating waterfowl, shore birds and land birds. Deer, beaver, fox and other wildlife can be seen near the ponds and adjoining woods and fields of this 1,608 acre park

    Directions

    7680 Wright Rd Canal Winchester, OH 43110

    39.88451,-82.79878

    Main Entrance: From I-270, take I-70 west to the Plain City- Georgesville Rd/SR 142 exit and go north on SR 142 about 0.8 miles. Entrance on right.

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  • Photo: Dan Bissonette

    Prairie Oaks

    West Jefferson, Ohio. Prairie Oaks features nearly 500 acres of lush flowering prairies and grasslands that were restored using seeds native to the Darby Plains. The spectacular scenery of the Big Darby State and National Scenic River, which flows through the 2,203-acre park, provides a beautiful backdrop for outdoor adventure along with several deep lakes.

    Directions

    3225 Plain City-Georgesville Rd West Jefferson, OH 43162

    39.98824,-83.26421

    From I-270, take I-70 west to the Plain City- Georgesville Rd/SR 142 exit and go north on SR 142 about 0.8 miles. Entrance on right.

    Sycamore Plains Trail

    2009 Amity Rd Hilliard, OH 43026

    39.98887,-83.23883

    From I-270, take I-70 west to the Plain City-Georgesville Rd/ SR 142 exit and go about 1⁄4 mile south. Turn left on High Free Pike. Go about 1 mile to Roberts Rd, turn left and go about 1 mile. Turn left on Amity Rd.

    Darby Bend Lakes

    2755 Amity Rd Hilliard, OH 43026

    40.00294,-83.24881

    From I-270, take I-70 west to the West Jefferson/Plain City exit, turn right onto Plain City-Georgesville Rd/SR 142. Go about 2.25 miles to Lucas Rd (passing the main park entrance) and turn right. Go across Big Darby Creek, turn right on Amity Road, go about 0.5 miles.

    Beaver Lake

    8921 Lucas Rd Plain City, OH 43064

    40.00949,-83.25552

    From I-270 take I-70 west to West Jefferson/Plain City exit, turn right onto Plain City-Georgesville Rd/SR 142. Go about 2.25 miles to Lucas Rd and turn right. Entrance is about 0.25 miles on right.

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  • Photo: Jeff Scovronski

    Quarry Trails

    Planning and design are underway at Quarry Trails, the 20th Metro Park. Hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and other traditional activities associated with the park system will be offered along with other more adventurous challenges such as climbing and paddle boarding.

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  • Photo: Carey Sherrill

    Rocky Fork

    Westerville, Ohio. Features more than 1,000 acres of woods and fields. The park includes a bridle trail, dog park and off-leash dog trail, a paved trail and nature trails plus a picnic shelter and wetlands. Rocky Fork runs through the park, which is a partnership with New Albany, the City of Columbus and Plain Township.

    Directions

    7180 Walnut St Westerville, OH 43081

    40.11217,-82.79785

    From I-270 take exit 30 to SR 161/New Albany, go 3 miles and take New Albany Rd exit, turn left and follow as it veers right on New Albany Rd East. Go 0.5 miles and turn left on SR 605 (New Albany-Condit Rd). Go 1.4 miles, turn right on E. Walnut St. Entrance 0.7 miles on left.

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  • Photo: Kerry Knowles

    Scioto Audubon

    Columbus, Ohio. Set amid a once industrial landscape, Scioto Audubon has been transformed from a blighted brownfield into a green oasis where wildlife and birds thrive and flourish. The 120-acre park is a recreational and educational destination for visitors of all ages. Located along the banks of the Scioto River just south of downtown Columbus, the park resulted from a partnership between Columbus, Ohio Audubon and Columbus Metro Parks to bring nature to the Capital City.

    Directions

    400 W Whittier St Columbus, OH 43215

    39.94426,-83.00335

    From north, use SR315 to I-70 East to the Front St/High Street exit 100A. (From south, take I-71 to same exit). Turn right on S Front Street, go about 0.6 miles and turn right on W Whittier Street into the park.

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  • Photo: Virginia Gordon

    Scioto Grove

    Grove City, Ohio. The 19th Metro Park opened in May 2016 and features five backpacking sites as well as seven miles of trails through woods and along the river.

    Directions

    5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City OH 43123

    39.85574,-83.02798

    From I-71, take Exit 100, Stringtown Road and go east about 1.2 miles. Turn right on OH104/Jackson Pike. Entrance 1.4 miles on left.

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  • Photo: Sherrie Markham

    Sharon Woods

    Westerville, Ohio. Sharon Woods is a mixture of forests and fields with towering oak, hickory and beech trees and an 11-acre lake. Tucked inside the 768-acre park is the Edward Thomas Nature Preserve, named for the renowned Ohio naturalist and one of the founders of the park system. Many seasonal pools are present and provide critical spring breeding habitat for amphibians and other wildlife.

    Directions

    6911 Cleveland Ave Westerville, OH 43081

    40.11399,-82.94904

    From I-270, take the Cleveland Ave North exit. Entrance is about 1⁄2 mile on the left.

    Spring Hollow Lodge

    1069 W Main St Westerville, OH 43081

    40.12539,-82.96728

    Cannot be accessed from Sharon Woods entrance. Continue north on Cleveland Ave, past the main park entrance to Main St and turn left. Go about 1.5 miles and turn left into park.

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  • Photo: Bruce Miller

    Slate Run

    Canal Winchester, Ohio. Slate Run features a variety of habitats ranging from the open areas of grasslands, wetlands and meadows to the forested areas of beech, oak, hickory and sugar maple. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound at the 1,705-acre park. Sandhill cranes have nested in the 156-acre wetland and the northern bobwhite quail have been reintroduced in the park.

    Directions

    1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43103

    39.75719,-82.82787

    From I-270, take US 33 east toward Lancaster to the Canal Winchester/SR 674 exit. Turn right onto Gender Rd/SR 674 and go about 2 miles until it dead-ends into Lithopolis Rd. Turn left and go about 1⁄2 mile to SR 674. Turn right and go about 4 miles to the entrance on the right.

    Slate Run Wetlands

    39.76573,-82.86716

    Continue past main park entrance 1⁄2 mile to Marcy Rd and turn right. Go 3 miles to Winchester Rd and turn right. Wetlands entrance is about 2 miles on the right.

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  • Photo: Julie Heetland

    Slate Run Living Historical Farm

    Canal WInchester, Ohio. Time has been turned back to the 1880s at Slate Run Living Historical Farm. Experience first-hand what life was like on an Ohio farm. As you stroll through the gardens, barns and farmhouse, you will see the farm costumed staff and volunteers going about their daily chores. Pigs, geese, turkeys, Percheron horses and other heirloom animals can be seen.

    Directions

    1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH

    39.760924,-82.8409208

    From I-270, take US 33 east toward Lancaster to the Canal Winchester/SR 674 exit. Turn right onto Gender Rd/SR 674 and go about 2 miles until it dead-ends into Lithopolis Rd. Turn left and go about 1⁄2 mile to SR 674. Turn right and go about 4 miles to the entrance on the right.

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  • Photo: Carey Sherrill

    Three Creeks

    Groveport, Ohio. Three Creeks is named for the confluence where Alum, Big Walnut and Blacklick creeks join. Owls, great blue herons and more than 100 species of birds have been sighted. Visitors may catch a glimpse of beaver, mink, coyote and deer. The 1,100-acre park is a partnership with the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

    Directions

    3860 Bixby Rd Groveport, OH 43125

    39.87307,-82.89911

    From I-270, take US 33 east towards Lancaster about 1 mile. Turn right on Hamilton Rd and go about 1.25 miles to Bixby Rd and turn right. Entrance is about 0.75 miles on the right.

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  • Photo: Mindi McConnell

    Walnut Woods

    Groveport, Ohio. Walnut Woods features 1,112 acres of woodlands and fields, bordered by Walnut Creek to the north. The Tall Pines Area features dramatic stands of pines and sweetgum trees, and the Buckeye Area has long rows of old nursery trees such as serviceberry, crab apple and red maples. The park also features restored wetlands and vernal pools.

    Directions

    6723 Lithopolis Rd, Groveport, OH 43125

    39.8409061,-82.8572463

    From I-270, take US 33 east toward Lancaster. Go about 1.3 miles then turn right on Hamilton Rd/SR 317. Go 2.7 miles and turn left onto Main St/Groveport Rd.

    Buckeye Area

    6716 Lithopolis Rd Groveport, OH 43125

    39.84087,-82.85560

    Go 2 miles to Lithopolis Rd and turn right. Entrance is 0.75 miles on left. Park office is across the road at 6723 Lithopolos Road.

    Tall Pines Area

    6833 Richardson Rd Groveport, OH 43125

    39.83909,-82.86892

    Go 1.4 miles to Richardson Road and turn right. Entrance is about 1.1 miles on right.

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