Hours and Info

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

Phone: 614-949-1078
Reservations: reservations@metroparks.net

Programs at Scioto Grove


Scioto Grove Metro Park is a 620-acre park along the Scioto River with mature forests and scenic bluffs overlooking the river. It features more than seven miles of trails, two picnic areas with shelters, tables and grills, a kids play area and several overlook decks. The park is located on a scenic bend of the Scioto River and is a great destination for canoeists, kayakers, anglers and people wanting to see waterfowl and other wildlife. Dogs on leashes are welcome throughout the park, which also features a kiddies’ sledding hill and both a regular and 3D archery courses, with giant foam animals as targets.

Photo: Jeffrey Tadlock

Photo: Rachel Black

Park Map

Click the map below for a zoomed/enlarged version

Scioto Grove Park Map



0.7 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Natural
Goes through woods and connects to the REI River Trail.
Interactive Map: Arrowhead


0.2 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Natural
Connects the Overlook and Multipurpose trails.


2.5 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Natural
Loops around the southern section of the park and runs alongside the Scioto River.
Interactive Map: Mingo


2 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Passes through fields and prairies.
Interactive Map: Multipurpose


1.2 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Natural
Traverses woods and fields.
Interactive Map: Overlook

REI River

1.8 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Natural
Runs alongside the Scioto River, with stepping stones across a creek and an adjacent swinging bridge.
Interactive Maps: REI River

Ridge Top Course

0.3 miles
Easy – Through 3D Archery Course – Natural
(For use by archers only) Runs through the Ridge Top portion of the 3D archery course, with six difficult targets.
Interactive Maps: Ridge Top Course

Woodland Course

0.3 miles
Easy – Through 3D Archery Course – Natural
(For use by archers only) Runs through the Woodland portion of the 3D archery course, with six targets starting easy and becoming progressively more difficult.
Interactive Maps: Woodland Course

Photo: Virginia Gordon

Photo: Tina Fronk


Reservable Shelters

The Grove Lodge

The Grove

The Grove Lodge is one of our newest indoor facility with a large meeting room with beautiful floor to ceiling windows on three sides that overlook the park, a kitchenette, male and female restrooms, central heating and cooling, and an outdoor patio. Hourly reservations available, with hourly rental minimums. For hourly rentals starting on the half hour email info@metroparks.net. *Please note the prices are hourly and this facility requires a security deposit (20 percent of the total rental fee). The entire rental fee, including the security deposit, is due at the time of reservation.

Click here for more information, photos or to reserve.

Non-Reservable Shelters

Arrowhead Picnic Area: Three shelters with grills
Hickory Picnic Area: One shelter with grills

Photo: Karen Fahy


Photo: Sarah Hunter

Photo: Virginia Gordon

Columbus Police Officer Andrew Francis fires an arrow at one of the deer on the Scioto Grove 3D archery course
Photo: Virginia Gordon

Our 3D archery course has 12 foam animal targets for you to test your archery skills. There is also a traditional archery range. All kinds of bows can be used, but broadhead arrows are not allowed. See BLOG: 3D Archery makes its Bow at Scioto Grove

Couple and dog outside their backpacking tent
Photo: Karen Fahy

Backpacking is available along the REI River Trail for those just getting into the sport, as well as those seasoned backpackers who want a quick overnight without having to journey several hours. For additional information and to make a reservation visit SignUpGenius. Backpacking is available every weekend (Friday and Saturday nights), from the first weekend in April through the last weekend in  October.

Ride your bike on the 2-mile Multipurpose Trail.

A child poses in a kayak at an Outdoor Adventure program at Scioto Grove Metro Park.
Photo: Melissa Turpening

Enjoy canoeing and kayaking on the Scioto River.
North Launch Area: 4994 Jackson Pike, Grove City OH 43123
South Launch Area: 282 Hibbs Road, Lockbourne OH 43137

A man throws a disc at the new disc golf course at Scioto Grove.
Photo: Dwight Henricksen

Bring your discs for a round or two on our 18-hole disc golf course south of Grove Lodge, by the archery course.

A peaceful sunrise over the fishing pond at Scioto Grove.
Photo: Patrick Kelly

Enjoy fishing on our two catch-and-release ponds or on the Scioto River.

 Visitors walk their dogs at Scioto Grove.
Photo: Virginia Gordon


Scioto Grove is a pet-friendly park. Leashed pets (leash no longer than 6 feet) are welcome in all areas of the park.

The Arrowhead Picnic Area has three shelters, tables and grills. The Hickory Picnic Area has one shelter with tables and grill.

 A kid gets ready to throw a snowball near the Multiuse Trail at Scioto Grove Metro Park.
Photo: Geoff Hamilton

A sledding hill is available for winter fun near to Backpacking Site #2.

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