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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. (More information from MORPC at: morpc.org/central-ohio-greenways).
Alum Creek Trail
24.5 miles - paved – The trail runs south from Westerville to Three Creeks Metro Park. Metro Parks manages a 22-mile section of the trail south of I-270 in Westerville to its end in Three Creeks, where it meets with the Blacklick Creek Trail.
Blacklick Creek Trail
16 miles - paved – This scenic trail weaves users through the Blacklick Creek greenway corridor. Users of this trail can travel to three Metro Parks: Pickerington Ponds, Blacklick Woods and Three Creeks.
Metro Parks manages all sections of the Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail, except for a short section north of Blacklick Woods Metro Park.
Camp Chase Trail (part of the Ohio to Erie Trail)
12.5 miles - paved – This bike trail takes users from Wilson Road in Madison County, weaves through Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park and continues to Sullivant Ave.in Columbus. It is also part of the more extensive Ohio to Erie Trail and U.S. Bicycle route 50.
Metro Parks manages the Camp Chase Trail.
Darby Creek Trail
8.3 miles - crushed gravel – A 4.9-mile section of the trail runs through Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. A 3.4-mile section runs through Prairie Oaks Metro Park.
Metro Parks manages all of the Darby Creek Trail.
6.1 miles - paved – The trail runs from the historic Old Hilliard district to Plain City.
Metro Parks manages a 3.7-mile section of the trail.
Downtown Connector Trail
5 miles - paved – The bike trail travels from Fort Hayes, east along I-670, following Leonard Avenue. It connects to the Alum Creek trail at Nelson Road.
Metro Parks manages a 0.75-mile section of the trail.
15 miles - paved – This scenic trail takes users through the Olentangy greenway corridor, from Worthington Hills Park south to Confluence Park in downtown Columbus.
Metro Parks manages 11 miles of the trail, from Worthington Hills to I-270 on the north side, Antrim Park to Lane Avenue, and King Avenue to Confluence Park.
⚠️ Trail Alert ⚠️From May 15 through late November 2023, the Olentangy Trail will be closed between Woody Hayes Drive and John Herrick Drive. Trail users will be rerouted along a marked detour east of Ohio Stadium, south through Buckeye Grove before crossing Herrick Drive, to Cannon Drive and 12th Avenue, prior to returning to the trail. Signage will be posted to notify users of the detour. The trail closure supports berm removal along the river to support Cannon Drive Relocation – Phase 2. Learn more here.
10 miles - paved – The trail stretches through the heart of Columbus alongside the Scioto River and runs through Scioto Audubon Metro Park. It is a great trail for commuting downtown.
Metro Parks manages 8 miles of the trail, from SR 104 north to Bicentennial Park, Veteran’s Memorial west to Souder Avenue, and Confluence Park west through Marble Cliff to Fifth Avenue, and patrols to other parts of the trail.
⚠️ Trail Alert ⚠️ Starting in August 2023, the trail will undergo construction to build the new pedestrian bridge and trail, complete with lighting and additional tree plantings.
For everyone’s safety, the trail will be temporarily closed at Souder Avenue during the construction period. A temporary detour path has been constructed on the north side of the Scioto River, which will allow the path to remain open heading upstream to 5th Avenue. Please adhere to the designated detour route provided on-site for a seamless journey to your favorite outdoor activities. We appreciate your cooperation. Stay tuned for updates on the completion date and the opening of the new bridge. See the detour map.
Construction is set to be completed July 2024. Find more details here.