Hours and Info

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

Phone: 614.208.2874

Programs at Three Creeks

About

Three Creeks is named for the confluence where Alum, Big Walnut and Blacklick creeks join. Owls, great blue herons and more than 100 species of birds have been sighted. Visitors may catch a glimpse of beaver, mink, coyote and deer. The 1,100-acre park is a partnership with the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

Photo: Andrew Boose

Photo: John Bonnett

Park Map

Click the map below for a zoomed/enlarged version

Three Creeks Park Map

Trails

Alum Creek Greenway

24.5 miles
Easy – ADA – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Runs alongside Alum Creek and crosses a 300-foot bridge below the confluence of the Alum, Big Walnut and Blacklick creeks. Continues north to Westerville.
Interactive Map: Alum Creek Greenway

Blacklick Creek Greenway

16 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Connects three Metro Parks and several small parks from Reynoldsburg to Groveport.
Interactive Map: Blacklick Creek Greenway

Bluebell

1 mile
Moderate – Hike – Dirt
Runs alongside Blacklick Creek with a view of the confluence of Blacklick, Big Walnut and Alum creeks.
Interactive Map: Bluebell

Confluence

1 mile
Moderate – Hike – Dirt
Runs alongside Alum Creek with a view of the confluence, passing giant sycamores, cottonwoods and American elms.
Interactive Map: Confluence

Evergreen

0.5 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Grass, Dirt and Boardwalk
Goes through a white pine tree grove and loops around the natural play area.
Interactive Map: Evergreen

Heron Pond

0.6 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Loops around Heron Pond.
Interactive Maps: Heron Pond

Madison Mills

0.2 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Short loop around a play area for kids.
Interactive Maps: Madison Mills

Sycamore Fields and Smith Farm

1.2 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Loops around athletic fields, with a spur that crosses the Alum Creek Greenway and leads to Smith Farm.
Interactive Maps: Sycamore Fields and Smith Farm

Turtle Pond

0.4 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Gravel
Loops around Turtle Pond.
Interactive Maps: Turtle Pond

Bluebell trail at Three Creeks Metro Park
Photo: Chuck Hughes

Fall color on Alum Creek Greenway Trail at Three Creeks Metro Park
Photo: Karl Hassel Jr.

Biker smiling on Blacklick Greenway at Three Creeks Metro Park
Photo: Virginia Gordon

Shelters

Non-Reservable Shelters

Shelter House

1 Shelter:

  • Enclosed on three sides
  • Seating 16
  • Grills
  • Fishing in Turtle Pond
  • Access to paved Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail (16 miles), pets permitted
  • Access to paved Alum Creek Greenway Trail (24.5 miles), pets permitted
  • 0.5-mile pet trail (unimproved)
  • 1-mile nature trail (primitive or unimproved trail)
  • Playground

Man playing cornhole at Three Creeks Metro Park

Activities

Inline skaters in line at Three Creeks Metro Park
Photo: Mindi McConnel

Biker smiling on Blacklick Greenway at Three Creeks Metro Park
Photo: Virginia Gordon
Three Creeks Park Map
Alum Creek Greenway: 24.5 miles
Blacklick Creek Greenway: 16 miles
Heron Pond Trail: 0.6 miles
Madison Mills Trail: 0.2 miles
Sycamore Fields & Smith Farm Trails:
1.2 miles
Turtle Pond Trail: 0.4 miles

Kayaker on Big Darby Creek during bird survey.
Photo: Kim Myers

On Alum Creek (access) leading to Big Walnut Creek (exit).

Fishing Turtle Pond at Three Creeks Metro Park
Photo: Cherie Tolliver

At Heron Pond and Turtle Pond and on the creeks.

Mud throwing at International Mud Day at Three Creeks
Photo: Dan Bissonette

A 12-acre area with a pine forest for kids and caregivers to have fun and adventure in nature. Go to the Confluence Trails Area and look for the entry sign on the right.

Scout and Zach walk on the pet trail at Three Creeks Metro Park
Photo: Tina Fronk
Three Creeks Park Map

PET TRAILS

Alum Creek Greenway: 24.5 miles
Blacklick Creek Greenway: 16 miles
Evergreen Trail: 0.5 miles
Heron Pond Trail: 0.6 miles
Madison Mills Trail: 0.2 miles
Sycamore Fields & Smith Farm Trails:
1.2 miles
Turtle Pond Trail: 0.4 miles

DOG PARK

A 4-acre dog park in the Sycamore Fields Area is managed by City of Columbus Recreation and Parks (3066 Spangler Road, Groveport)

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.

Eclipse watchers at Three Creeks
Photo: Scott Felker

A shelter in the Confluence Trails Area with tables, grills and play equipment. Free and available for all to use on a first-come first-served basis.

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!