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Sharon Woods Metro Park

Sharon Woods Metro Park is part of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Park system in central Ohio. This Metro Park is 761 acres, and that’s including the 320-acre Edward S. Thomas State Nature Preserve that’s tucked inside it. The park features a 3.8-mile, paved, multipurpose loop trail. There’s also an additional 3.35 miles of hiking trails. The trails pass through a variety of habitats, including woodlands, ravines, meadows, prairie and wetland.

This is a photo of the Edward S. Thomas Trail.

This part of the Spring Creek Trail passes through a meadow.
Another view of Spring Creek Trail
Fox squirrel enjoying the nuts
Entering a tunnel of trees on Spring Creek Trail
A bridge over Spring Creek
Connector Trail between Spring Creek Trail and Edward S. Thomas Trail
There is a wildlife observation deck off of the Edward S. Thomas Trail.
There used to be too many deer at Sharon Woods; among other things, they ate all the wildflowers.
There are still fenced areas, so naturalists can gauge the impact that deer grazing is having on the vegetation.
There are now wildflowers in the park again.

Sharon Woods Metro Park also contains the 11-acre Schrock Lake. Youths under 16 and seniors older than 59 are allowed to fish in the lake. It is common to see mallards and Canada geese in the lake (there’s a sign asking that people don’t feed the geese). But during migration I’ve also seen Pied-billed Grebes and Hooded Mergansers; no doubt many other species stop by.

A photo of Schrock Lake taken in December
Some of the local ducks

During the winter cross-country skiing is permitted on the hiking trails when the weather cooperates. There’s also a sledding hill. I’ve noticed that park officials update the Metro Park’s Facebook page during the winter to say which sledding hills in the park system are in good shape for sledding.

Enjoying the sledding hill at Sharon Woods
Tracks from winter hikers and cross-country skiers
Winter jogger on the Multipurpose Trail
Winter view of the field
A young family taking a winter stroll on the Multipurpose Trail
As you might have expected, there are also play areas for the kids.

There is also a dedicated natural play area in Sharon Woods where kids can go off trail, climb trees and whatever else they feel like doing.

There are three picnic areas with shelters that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals can also make arrangements to rent Spring Hollow Lodge for events by calling (614) 508-8111 or by going to the park system’s reservation page.

Additional information
  • TrekOhio: Franklin County Parks & Nature Preserves — This is the county where Sharon Woods is located; check out this page for links to the official site and for information on nearby parks and preserves.
  • Facebook: Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks
  • TrekOhio: Central Ohio Fall Foliage – includes some fall foliage photos of the park.
  • ParkScope — Although this issue is no longer online, it contains an article, Deer Dilemna, that describes the negative impact of deer overpopulation on plants and other animals in Sharon Woods before park officials were able to develop better methods of controlling the population.

  • Address: 6911 Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43081
  • GPS Coordinates: 40.114003, -82.949148
  • Google Maps: View on map or get directions
© Deborah Platt, Robert Platt and 2012 to 2021

5 thoughts on “Sharon Woods Metro Park

  1. I can hardly believe how dense the forest is in certain areas! And that tunnel of trees! Very beautiful! The lake looks like glass. The air must have been very calm that day. Enjoyed this very much.

    1. Thanks, Pam. The weather was pretty agreeable for all those photos… not like now! How’s that Alberta Clipper treating you? It’s really frigid here (-2°F right now). Brrrrr.

  2. Thanks for the great review of Sharon Woods! I met you earlier this winter at the park. I just now remembered to check out your website. I will surely be visiting some of the places you describe!! Thanks!

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