Hours and Info

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

Phone: 614-202-5197

Programs at Scioto Audubon

Scioto Fest 2023


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 119-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 the City of Columbus, Ohio Audubon and Columbus Metro Parks to bring nature to the Capital City.

Photo: Karl Mechem

Park Map

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Scioto Greenway

10 miles
Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Stretches along the Scioto River.


2.5 miles
Hike – Bike – Pets
Links various areas of the park.

Hermit Thrush

0.1 miles 
Easy – Hike – Pets – Mulched
Runs from the Scioto Greenway Trail to the Scioto River.
Interactive Map: Hermit Thrush

Photo: Jim McCormac


Non-Reservable Shelters

3 Shelters (Adjacent): Grills
Picnic Tables: 12 Tables, 3 Grills

Scioto Audubon Non-Reservable Shelter
Photo: Tina Fronk


Photo: EJ's Warrior Karate Academy

Photo: Jennifer Owens

Scioto Greenway Trail: 10 miles
Connector Trails: 2.5 miles

Fishing from the Scioto River. Photo by Marshall Reese.
Photo: Marshall Reese

(Motorized, with Boat Ramp)
On the Scioto River, launched from a boat ramp.

Scioto River in September
Photo: Arie Shively

On the Scioto River.

Fishing from the deck at Scioto Audubon
Photo: Anne Simpson

On Scioto River from the boat ramp or an elevated fishing dock.

Downtown from Grange Insurance Audubon Center window
Photo: Silvia Wolford

The 18,000-square-foot Grange Insurance Audubon Center is a model for sustainable design and offers a variety of programs and events.

Woman on the log run on the obstacle course at Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
Photo: Doreen Dawkins

The Columbus Rotary Obstacle Course features a quarter-mile running track plus a tire run and flip, 8-foot wall, tunnel crawl, balance beams, monkey bars, cargo climb, belly crawl, over/under and a log run.

A woman and her dog run the Scioto Greenway Trail at Scioto Audubon.
Photo: Dustin Davis


Scioto Greenway Trail: 10 miles
Connector Trails: 2.5 miles


A new 1.5-acre dog park opened in January 2022, near to the park office. (The old dog park had to move because ODOT needed the space for storage for its highway improvement project for I-70 and I-71). There are separate, fenced-off areas for both large dogs and small dogs. Almost half of the new dog park is surfaced with artificial turf, which keeps that area free of mud in wet weather. There are a number of obstacle stations and play structures in the artificial turf areas, including balance beams, a jumping frame and a play tunnel tube.

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.

Baseball game, strike out, in the picnic area at Scioto Audubon Metro Park.Photo: Jennifer OwensThere are three picnic shelters with tables and grills, available on a first-come first-seved basis. Features interactive electronic game, age-appropriate play equipment for kids, sand volleyball courts and playfields for soccer and other grass sports.

Woman climbing on the rock wall at Scioto Audubon park.
Photo: Shannon Dillman

The three towers and two arches of the main climbing wall reach a height of 35 feet and extend over 7,000 square feet. The wall features bouldering, top rope and lead climbing. There are four auto belays, but climbers must bring their own climbing harness. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Climbers must be 13 years of age or older to belay.

  • The climbing wall is open from 8am to 9pm from April 1 to September 30, and from 8am to 7pm from Oct 1 to March 31.
  • The auto-belays are up on the wall between late March and late October, depending on weather conditions, and each year, they are taken down to be recertified.

A sledding hill is available between bocce courts and obstacle course.

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!