Franklin 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 Bike Trail (Bike Path)
  • Transits: Westerville (Main St / Otterbein College) – Brittany Hills Trailhead (just south of the intersection of Sparrow Hill Dr. and Sunbury Rd.)
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 19 miles (when finished)
  • Dog friendly
  • Paved multi-use trail
Battelle Darby Creek (Metro Park)
  • 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH 43119
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 7,060 acres
  • Total trail length: 18 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • 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.
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Sledding hill, canoeing, bison pen, dog swimming area, nature center
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Battelle Darby Creek
Blacklick Creek Bike Trail (Bike Path)
  • Transits: Three Creeks Park – Pickerington Pond – Blacklick Woods(currently incomplete)
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 12 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Paved multi-use trail
Blacklick Woods (Metro Park)
Blendon Woods (Metro Park)
  • 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville, OH 43081
  • GPS coordinates: N40.079902,W82.884679
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 653 acres
  • Total trail length: 5.5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Nature center, disc golf, ice skating pond
  • If you key in the address on Google Maps, it does not correctly locate Blendon Woods. However if you enter the GPS coordinates given, or click on the direct link to Google Maps, it will take you to the right place.
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Blendon Woods
Boyer Nature Preserve (Westerville City Park)
  • 452 E. Park St., Westerville, OH 43081
  • Park size: 11 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Kettle pond
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Boyer Nature Preserve
Chadwick Arboretum (Botanical Garden)
  • 2001 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43210
  • Park size: 60 acres
  • Restrooms
  • Owned by OSU
Columbus Park of Roses (Columbus)
  • Location: The Park of Roses is located in the Clintonville neighborhood, north of OSU campus, south of Henderson Road east of Route 315 and west of I-71.
  • Park size: 13 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Municipal garden with 11,500 roses in 400 varieties
Edward Thomas (State Nature Preserve)
  • Location: Part of Sharon Woods Metro Park
  • Park size: 320 acres
Franklin Park Conservatory (Botanical Garden)
  • 1777 East Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203
  • Park size: 90 acres
  • Restrooms
  • Permanent Chihuly glass exhibition in conservatory
Gahanna Woods (State Nature Preserve)
  • GPS coordinates: N40.011888,W82.834429
  • Location: Located in Franklin County 1.5 miles east of Gahanna on Havens Corners Rd, then .5 mile south on Taylor Station Rd to the parking area. Loop trails are present.
  • Park size: 59 acres
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Gahanna Woods
Heritage Trail Park (Metro Park (Bike Path))
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
Hoover Nature Preserve (Columbus City Nature Preserve)
  • 3715 Sunbury Road, Galena, OH 43021
  • Trail map
  • 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 Nature Preserve
Inniswood Metro Gardens (Metro Park)
  • 940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville, OH 43081
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 123 acres
  • Total trail length: 2.25 miles
  • Dog friendly (Limited areas)
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Park with extensive gardens
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Inniswood Metro Gardens
Olentangy Bike Trail (Bike Path)
  • Transits: Worthington (315 N of 270) – downtown Columbus trail
  • Total trail length: 13 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Multi-use paved trail
Pickerington Ponds (Metro Park)
Pickerington Ponds SNP (State Nature Preserve)
  • Location: Part of Pickerington Ponds Metro Park
  • Park size: 416 acres
Prairie Oaks (Metro Park)
  • 3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson, OH 43162
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 2,203 acres
  • Total trail length: 16.4 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
Rocky Fork (Metro Park)
  • Location: Between Rt 605 & Schleppi Rd in Plain Twp
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 777 acres
  • Total trail length: 3 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Hiking, dog park, play areas, picnic shelters
Scioto Audubon (Metro Park)
  • 400 W. Whittier Street, Columbus, OH 43215
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 120 acres
  • Total trail length: See Scioto Bike Trail
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Rock climbing
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Nature center
Scioto Bike Trail (Bike Path)
  • Transits: Olentangy Trail to Dublin Road (downtown Columbus)
  • Total trail length: 1.5 miles
  • Paved multi-use trail
Sharon Woods (Metro Park)
  • 6911 Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, OH 43081
  • GPS coordinates: N40.114003,W82.949148
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 761 acres
  • Total trail length: 7 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • The park has a sledding hill with its own entrance and parking lot. The entrance to the sledding hill is about a quarter mile north of the main entrance on Cleveland Avenue.
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Sharon Woods
Three Creeks (Metro Park)
  • 3860 Bixby Road, Groveport, OH 43125
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 1,086 acres
  • Total trail length: 19 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Park connects to both Alum Creek and Blacklick Creek Greenways (bike paths)
Walnut Woods (Metro Park)
Westerville Bike Trails (Bike Path)
  • Transits: Network of bike trails and connectors through Westerville
  • Dog friendly
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Paved multi-use trail




Last Update: 2017-07-24 16:32:02

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