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Whatever you enjoy doing outdoors, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks are a great place to begin your adventure. Find adventurous things to do, new activities to try and places to explore every day of the year! For seven decades, your Metro Parks have been a treasured natural resource for generations of Central Ohioans of all ages and abilities.

Metro Parks are free and belong to everyone….so get out, get active and have some fun.
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Discover & Experience Nature

The mission of Metro Parks is to conserve open space, while providing place and opportunities that encourage people to discover and experience nature. Your 19 Metro Parks cover more than 27,700 acres of land and water and are home to more than 2,400 plant and animal species.

Every year about 11 million people visit a Metro Park to escape into a world of teeming with wildlife and rich in recreational and educational opportunities. The tremendous growth and enduring popularity of Metro Parks is due to the strong support of the community – as voters, as volunteers and as visitors.

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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.

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