Along the Olentangy River, access from the River Bluff area, 8400 Olentangy River Road.
The Coyote Run Trail (3.5 miles) and the Scenic River Trail (0.6 miles) are reserved for use as cross-country ski trails when conditions are suitable.
The Dragonfly Day Camp is reservable by organized youth groups by calling 614.508.8111.
Along the Olentangy River.
Natural Play Areas
Explore the 15-acre area with a forest and path to the Olentangy River, where kids and caregivers can safely roam and enjoy unstructured play in nature by climbing trees, playing in the dirt and other fun adventures. Turn left at the intersection in the Big Meadows Picnic Area and stop at the first parking lot. Entrance on left.
Discover nature and cultural history at the many displays and see wildlife at the feeders through the nature center’s windows.
April to September: 9am to 8pm
October to March: 9am to 6pm
Christmas Day: Closed
The 206-acre nature preserve is named in honor of former Director of Metro Parks, Edward F. Hutchins. No off-trail activity is permitted in the nature preserve.
Big Meadows Path: 1 mile
Coyote Run Trail: 3.5 miles
Multi-use Trail: 1.25 miles
Oak Coves Path: 0.4 miles
Scenic River Trail: 0.6 miles
Two enclosed shelters and two open shelters at Oak Coves Picnic Area, and seven enclosed shelters and two open shelters at Big Meadows Picnic Area. All the shelters have grills, picnic tables, a play area and ADA accessible restrooms. Available to use free on a first come-first served basis.
Two sledding hills in the Big Meadows Picnic Area, one for children age 10 and younger.