Hours and Info

Year-round: 6:30am-dark

Phone: 614-357-9375

Programs at Walnut Woods


Walnut Woods features 1,458 acres of woodlands and fields, bordered by Walnut Creek to the north. The Tall Pines Area features dramatic stands of pines and sweetgum trees, and the Buckeye Area has long rows of old nursery trees such as serviceberry, crab apple and red maples. The park also features restored wetlands and vernal pools.

Photo: Kim Myers

Photo: Josh Mund

Park Map

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Walnut Woods Parkmap



2 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Runs alongside Walnut Creek and loops through stands of old nursery trees.
Interactive Map: Buckeye


1.3 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Grass and Dirt
Runs through wetlands and joins the Monarch Trail.
Interactive Map: Kestrel


1.4 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved
Runs alongside Walnut Creek and connects with the Sweetgum Trail.
Interactive Map: Monarch

Pin Oak

0.4 miles
Easy – Hike – Pets – Grass
Runs through a stand of sweetgum trees. Connects two sections of the Sweetgum Trail.


2.6 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved & Gravel
Loops around the Tall Pines Area and goes through stands of sweetgum, pine and oak trees.
Interactive Map: Sweetgum

Sweetgum Trail in Tall Pines Area of Walnut Woods.
Photo: Kye Feasel


Non-Reservable Shelters

Buckeye Area

1 Shelter: Seats 50, Restroom, 2 Grills, No lights or electric, Buckeye Trail (2 miles, pets permitted), Playground, Carry-in Carry-out, ADA accessible

Tall Pines Picnic Area

Picnic Tables: Three picnic tables, One grill, Not ADA accessible

Picnic shelter at the Buckeye Area in Walnut Woods.
Photo: Mindi McConnell


Running and biking at Walnut Woods Metro Park
Photo: Mindi McConnell

Buckeye Trail: 2 miles
Monarch Trail: 1.4 miles
Sweetgum Trail: 2.6 miles

Walnut Woods
Photo: Scott Ballard

Two access points in Big Walnut Creek (Buckeye area) – portage to both locations.

In Big Walnut Creek.

Woman walks her dog along the Buckeye Trail at Walnut Woods Metro Park.
Photo: Mindi McConnell


Buckeye Trail: 2 miles
Kestrel Trail: 1.3 miles
Monarch Trail: 1.4 miles
Sweetgum Trail: 2.6 miles


Buckeye Area features a 3-acre dog park for large dogs (20 pounds and over) plus a 1-acre dog park for small dogs.

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.

Walnut Woods in autumn. Picnic shelter and grill in the Buckeye Area.
Photo: Mindi McConnell

The Tall Pines area has picnic tables and a grill. The Buckeye Area has a shelter with grills and a playground, featuring a climbing web, climbing boulders, tire swing, merry-go-round, balancing log with crawl through, a spiral spinner and swings. Free and available for all to use on a first come-first served basis.

Sledders on the hill at Walnut Woods.
Photo: Mindi McConnell

A low hill in the Buckeye Area provides just the right slope for young kids to enjoy sledding.

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