Delaware County Parks & Nature Preserves

The following list of parks and preserves includes those managed by federal, state, county, and non-governmental agencies (such as the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, various historical societies, etc.).

We have tried to collect information on the activities and facilities available at various parks, but things may change without us knowing about it. So please double-check the information at the official site (click on the park’s name to go there).




Alum Creek (State Park)
  • 3615 S. Old State Road, Delaware, OH 43015
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 4,630 acres + 3,387 acre reservoir
  • Total trail length: 8.5 miles + 38 miles bridle trail
  • Dog friendly (Dog Park)
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Camp sites
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms (Flush toilets)
  • Disc golf course, boating, swimming, equestrian trail and camp
  • Campground Map
  • Hunting Map
  • Park Map for Alum Creek
Blues Creek Preserve (County)
  • 9627 Fontanelle Road, Ostrander, OH 43061
  • GPS coordinates: N40.283681,W83.239881
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 138 acres
  • Total trail length: 2.5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms (Latrines)
  • Sledding hill
  • Location on Google Maps
Char-Mar Ridge Preserve (County)
  • 7741 Lewis Center Road, Westerville, OH 43082
  • GPS coordinates: N40.196081,W82.905075
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 128 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.75 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Char-Mar Ridge Preserve
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (Zoo / Aquarium)
  • 4850 West Powell Rd. Powell OH 43065
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 580 acres
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Named #1 US Zoo by USA Travel Guide
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Deer Haven Preserve (County)
  • 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware, OH 43015
  • GPS coordinates: N40.241428, W83.076039
  • Location: Adjacent to Havener Park in Liberty Township.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 97 acres
  • Total trail length: 3 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms (Flush toilets)
  • Location on Google Maps
Delaware (State Park)
  • 5202 US Route 23 North, Delaware, OH 43015
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 1,686 acre park + 1,300 acre reservoir
  • Total trail length: 5 miles
  • Dog friendly (Designated areas)
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Camp sites
  • Restrooms (Flush toilets)
  • Boating, swimming, disc golf. Adjacent to Delaware Wildlife Area.
  • Campground Map
  • Hunting Map
  • Park Map for Delaware
Delaware Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 6,925 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Archery range
  • Firearms range
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Wildlife Area Map for Delaware Wildlife Area
Emily Traphagen Preserve (County)
  • 5094 Seldom Seen Rd, Powell, OH 43065
  • GPS coordinates: N40.171354,W83.1210007
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 72 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.2 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms (Flush toilets)
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Emily Traphagen Preserve
Gallant Farm Preserve (County)
  • 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware, Oh 43015
  • GPS coordinates: N40.351123,W83.11473
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 19 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.25 miles
  • Restrooms (Flush toilets)
  • The emphasis of this park is its working farm that is recreating farm life from the Great Depression, WWII era. The farm buildings are open from noon to 5 on Thursday through Saturday. The park ground are open till dusk.
  • Location on Google Maps
Gallant Woods Preserve (County)
  • 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware, OH 43015
  • GPS coordinates: N40.3454564,W83.118826
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 231 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms (Flush toilets)
  • Sledding hill
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Gallant Woods Preserve
Genoa Township Bike Trail (Bike Path)
  • Transits: Possible place to park: McNamara Park at 7049 Big Walnut Rd, Galena, OH 43021 (on Big Walnut Road at SR3 behind the Fira and Police stations
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 6.5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Multi-use paved trail extending from Rt 3 / Old 3C Hwy (north of Krogers) — Plumb Rd — Old 3C Hwy / Weise Rd
Highbanks (Metro Park)
  • 9466 Columbus Pike (US Rt 23 N), Lewis Center, OH 43035
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 1,159 acres
  • Total trail length: 10 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Sledding hill, nature center
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Highbanks
Hogback Ridge Preserve (County)
  • 2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, OH, 43074
  • GPS coordinates: N40.30948,W82.9437156
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 41 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.8 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms (Flush toilets)
  • Location on Google Maps
Hoover Reservoir (Columbus City Nature Preserve)
  • 7701 Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
  • Location: Points of Interest on Google Maps:
  • Park size: 925 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • Multiple sites along Hoover Reservoir. Hoover Mudflats has 1,500 ft boardwalk. Hoover Reservoir Park offers disc golf.
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Hoover Reservoir
Hutchins (State Nature Preserve)
  • Location: Part of Highbanks Metro Park
  • Park size: 206 acres
Olentangy Indian Caverns (Private Cavern)
  • 1779 Home Road, Delaware, OH 43015
  • Restrooms
Seymour Woods (State Nature Preserve)
  • GPS coordinates: N40.227853, W83.054509
  • Location: Located in Delaware County, north of Columbus on U.S. Route 23 about 8 miles north of I–270; go west on Winter Road; the preserve is .75 mile on the right. Park outside the gate and walk to the trails.
  • Park size: 115 acres
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Seymour Woods
Shale Hollow Preserve (County)
  • 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center, 43035
  • GPS coordinates: N40.2129985488,W83.034766195
  • Location: From Columbus, take US 23 north. At the first light after Lewis Center Rd., turn left onto Olentangy Crossings Rd. You will head for a sub-division. Just prior to entering the sub-division, turn right onto Artesian Run. Directly ahead, you will see a sign for the park entrance.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 188 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.1 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Restrooms
  • Nature center, shale cliffs, wildflowers
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Shale Hollow Preserve
Stratford Woods (State Nature Preserve)
  • 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • Location: Located in southern Delaware County. U.S. Route 23 to Powell Road, then west 5 miles to Liberty Road and north to the Stratford Ecological Center.
  • Park size: 95 acres
  • Please sign in at visitors center when you arrive
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Stratford Woods




Last Update: 2017-09-15 10:10:10

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