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Welcome to Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks (Metro Parks) is a public agency serving the citizens of Central Ohio by providing a regional system of clean, safe, natural area parks. Metro Parks features 19 outstanding natural area parks with more than 230 miles of trails and over 27,700 acres of land in seven Central Ohio counties.

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News & Stories from your Metro Parks

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A dedicated bench at Rocky Fork Metro Parks helps to keep alive Fred Bown's memories of his wife, Sheree.

Submit your art work for the Winter Hikes Mug design contest

Metro Parks is looking for your unique design to place on the 2020 limited edition mug that will be given to participants in the 13 Hikes of Giving annual food …Read More

The lure of fall

If you like to fish, the fall months offer some  great fishing opportunities in your Metro Parks. The serene settings can’t be beat as you cast your rod in the …Read More

A dedicated bench stirs loving memories

A dedicated bench at Rocky Fork Metro Parks helps to keep alive Fred Bown’s memories of his wife, Sheree.

Activities in your Metro Parks

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