Hours and Info

6am to 10pm April through September
6am to 8pm October through March
Phone: 614.208.4247
Nature Center: 614.861.8759
Reservations: 614.508.8111 (M-F 8am–4pm)

Programs at Blacklick Woods

About

Blacklick Woods features 643 acres of woods, fields, seasonal swamp ponds, a small prairie and a golf course. It has one of the best remaining beech-maple forests in Central Ohio along with a buttonbush swamp. The forest areas are laced with trails that wind through a swamp forest with oak and white ash along with red maple, elm, shagbark, bitternut hickory and dogwood.

Photo: Arthur Garin O’Leary

Photo: Mike Horn

Park Map

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Blacklick Woods Park Map

Trails

Beech

0.7 miles
Easy – Hike – Gravel – ADA
Passes through a beech-maple forest with beautiful displays of spring wildflowers, and continues past a swamp forest area.
Interactive Map: Beech

Blacklick Creek Greenway

16 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Pets – Paved – ADA
Connects three Metro Parks and several small parks from Reynoldsburg to Groveport.

Maple

0.9 miles
Easy – Hike – Gravel – ADA
Good for birding, traversing hardwood forest and passing a small wetland.
Interactive Map: Maple Loop

Buttonbush

0.5 miles
Easy – Hike – Gravel – ADA
Runs through a hardwood swamp forest.
Interactive Map: Buttonbush

Multipurpose

2.6 miles
Easy – Hike – Bike – Gravel – ADA
Passes through a forest and a meadow.
Interactive Map: Multipurpose

Walter A. Tucker

0.1 miles
Easy – Hike – Gravel – Boardwalk – ADA
Links the Buttonbush and Maple trails.
Interactive Maps: Walter A. Tucker

Two women walk toward the Beech Trail from Ash Grove parking lot at Blacklick Woods Metro Park.
Photo: Tina Fronk

Shelters

Reservable Shelters

Blacklick Woods Butternut Shelter

Butternut

Shelter holds 160 people (80 under cover), has a kitchen with serving counter, sink, electricity, charcoal grills. Also a play area, horseshoe pit and ADA accessible restrooms. Available All Day only.

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Blacklick Woods Buttonbush Shelter

Buttonbush

Shelter holds 160 people (80 under cover), has a kitchen with serving counter, sink, electricity, charcoal grills. Also a play area, horseshoe pit and ADA accessible restrooms. Available All Day only. Rates for Franklin County Residents and non-Residents.

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Blacklick Woods Sassafras Shelter

Sassafras

Shelter holds 64 people (24 under cover), has grills, electricity, water fountain, horseshoe pit and playfield, restrooms. Shelter is not ADA accessible. Available All Day or Half Day.

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Blacklick Woods Walnut Shelter

Walnut

Shelter holds 80 people, has grills, electricity, nearby water fountain, large playfield and restrooms. Available All Day or Half Day.

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Beech Maple Lodge at Blacklick Woods.

Beech-Maple Lodge

Lodge holds 72 people, has heating and air conditioning, a full kitchen with sink, refrigerator, microwave and electric range, plus a serving window. Also has a gas fireplace, large meeting room with pull down screen, WiFi and restrooms. Outside patio with picnic tables and grills. Parking for 61 cars with 2 handicap spots. Available All Day only.

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Non-Reservable Shelters

Ash Grove Picnic Area

Area has grills, picnic tables, playground, playfield, restrooms, ½ basketball court.
1 Shelter: Enclosed on three sides, Seating approximately 16
1 Shelter: Enclosed on three sides, Seating approximately 32, Grills
1 Open Shelter: Seating approximately 64

Meadows Picnic Area

Area has grills, picnic tables, playground equipment, playfield and restrooms.
6 Shelters: Enclosed on three sides, Seating approximately 16 each, Grills
2 Open Shelters: Seating approximately 64 each, 4 grills

James Grills Sausages at Blacklick Woods
Photo: Virginia Gordon

Activities

Girl at Blacklick Woods Creek Celebration tries to throw a cushion through the laughing frog's mouth.
Photo: Fred Miller

Photographer with long lens at Blacklick Woods Metro Park.
Photo: Frank Kozarich

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!