Hours and Info

April 1-September 30: 6:30am-10pm
October 1-March 31: 6:30am-8pm

Phone: 614-216-8859
Nature Center: 614-971-5211

Reservations: reservations@metroparks.net

Programs at Homestead


This 43-acre park offers a quiet, country atmosphere with a covered bridge, train station replica and two barns. Other features include shelters, a 2.5-acre fishing pond, play equipment, and courts for sand volleyball and basketball. A three-quarter mile paved trail, great for hiking, biking, running, or walking your leashed pet, winds through the park and connects to the 6.1-mile Heritage Rail Trail.

Photo: Dianne Clay

Photo: Mike Heisey

Park Map

Click the map below for a zoomed/enlarged version

Homestead Park Map


Multi-Use Trail

0.8 miles
Easy – Hike – Jog – Bike – Inline skate – Pets – Paved – ADA
Encircles the main activities area and connects to the 6.1-mile Heritage Trail.
Interactive Map: Multi-Use Trail

Homestead Nature Center across pond
Photo: Bryan Knowles


Reservable Shelters

Leslie Dybiec, photographer, ldybiec@wtwp.com. Office: 614.652.3928
Cell: 614.496.4064. Lakeside Pavilion from across the pond at Homestead. July 2011.

Lakeside Pavilion

This is an open air shelter with two walls and is located at the north end of the park. It is immediately adjacent to the south edge of Homestead Lake. There are 16 (6′) fiberglass picnic tables inside of the pavilion. It has two fireplaces and wood is provided upon request. Full-view overhead garage doors can be pulled down to enclose the shelter (staff must open or close the doors). There are electrical outlets, overhead lighting, two large grills, a balcony overlooking the pond, a drinking fountain (seasonal), and a playground nearby. The nearest restrooms are on the north side of the Barn Shelter, approximately 500’ southeast. Parking spaces are also used by general visitors and are not guaranteed. Available for all day and half-day reservations.

Click here for more information, photos or to reserve.

Non-Reservable Shelters


Pine Pavilion

This is an open air shelter with one wall located in the center of the park. The closest restroom is next to the Park Office, approximately 350’ to the east. There are two (2-plug) electrical outlets, six (6′) tables, one charcoal grill, fireplace, nearby drinking fountain (seasonal), and nearby shared basketball courts. Parking lot 3 is the closest, with a capacity of 36 and two handicap parking spaces. These spaces are also used by general visitors and are not guaranteed. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.


A child climbs in a tree near a playground at Homestead Metro Park.
Photo: Sarah Hunter

Woman fishing at Homestead.
Photo: Cheryl Alfrey

Visitors can fish on the 2.5-acre pond.


Multi-Use Loop Trail: 0.75 miles

Domesticated dogs and cats are also permitted in picnic areas, parking lots and on roadways. Pets shall be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Visitor grilling hot dogs at Homestead's Pine Pavilion.
Photo: Leslie Dybiec

In addition to reservable areas, there are numerous picnic areas with grills available on a first-come first-serve basis. Two of these picnic areas are covered, the gazebo by the lake and the rail platform in the south end of the park. There are six more picnic areas with tables and grills, and two additional areas with tables only.

Kids on play equipment at Homestead
Photo: Susan Boggs

The park features two play areas, plus basketball and sand volleyball courts.

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!