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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.

Explore your Metro Parks

We all need some fresh air and a little adventure. Get out and explore your Metro Parks with these scavenger hunts. Check out some of our park-specific scavenger hunts or …Read More

COVID-19 Update: Blacklick Woods Metro Golf Course

Effective immediately, Blacklick Woods Metro Golf Course will remain open with a few changes: The course will be open Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30am to 4pm. No green …Read More

Get out, it’s your nature!

Get out, it’s your nature! Need somewhere to play while this coronavirus (COVID-19) runs its course? We’ve got you covered at Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. At this time, …Read More

COVID-19 Update and Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks response

As part of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff, Metro Parks is carefully monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation occurring across the nation, and now …Read More

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