Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Quick View of Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

  • Nature Center with indoor living stream
  • Hammock Nook near Nature Center
  • Herd of Bison with designated viewing areas
  • Confluence of Big and Little Darby Creeks, Scenic Rivers 
  • Large network of nature trails - bicycles and/or dogs are permitted on select trails.   
  • Trailhead for the Camp Chase Trail and Ohio to Erie Trail can be found at 8465 Alkire Rd, Grove City, OH 43123


Now Available: Hammock Nook!
The Metro  Park has dedicated an area for Hammock Nook in a walnut grove near the Nature Center.  Bring a hammock, or borrow one from the park courtesy of REI.  #darbynook

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park features more than 7,000 acres of forest, prairies and wetlands. It stretches along 13 miles of the Big and Little Darby creeks, both State and National Scenic Rivers. Besides the areas surrounding the creeks, there are also over 1,600 acres of restored wetlands and prairies. Bison have been reintroduced to the park and roam freely within two enclosed pastures. 

Year round restrooms are available at the Ohio to Erie Trailhead (and canoe access) at 8465 Alkire Road in Galloway, OH.  Motor Vehicles can be parked up to 3 overnights as long as you FILL OUT REGISTRATION CARD so the rangers know how to contact you.    See Indian Ridge Map panel for details.    Well water is available by a pump along the park road in the Indian Ridge section near the southern most shelter.  This listing includes a map image marked "O.N. Reg." for the location of the registration station and "W" for the location of the water pump.  To find restrooms with plumbing (sinks and flush toilets) visit the Nature Center. 

NATURE CENTER:   (Bison Viewing Area)
From the Camp Chase Trail near the Indian Ridge Area driving entrance, go north to where the trail crosses Darby Creek Drive and exit trail to ride on the road north.  Proceed through the roundabout and continue straight on Darby Creek Drive north (less than 1 mile) to the Cedar Ridge entrance.  Upon entering Cedar Ridge, on the right will be the Darby Creek Greenway Trail.  Ride north on the trail to the Nature Center to learn where to find the Bison Herd, for more information consult the Nature Center Area map.   Another option is to visit the Fort Ancient Mound, follow the Ancient Trail South from the Indian Ridge Area.  

August 2019: Now Available: Hammock Nook!
The Metro  Park now has a designated Hammock Nook in a walnut grove near the Nature Center.  Bring a hammock, or borrow one from the park courtesy of REI.  #darbynook

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks (Metro Parks) is a public agency serving the citizens of Central Ohio by providing a regional system of clean, safe, natural area parks. Metro Parks features 19 (soon to be 20) outstanding natural area parks with more than 230 miles of trails and over 27,700 acres of land in seven Central Ohio counties. 

Metro Parks is a separate subdivision of the state of Ohio and is not under the administration of any other governmental unit.  The mission of Metro Parks is to conserve open spaces, while providing places and opportunities that encourage people to discover and experience nature.  Metro Parks is an independent political subdivision of the state of Ohio organized under Ohio Revised Code Section 1545, created on August 14, 1945.

There is no fee to visit the attractions in the Metro Park. 

Cyclist Friendly Features:
Secure bike parking
Undercover Bike Parking
Change Rooms
Bathroom / Toilet
Hair Dryer
Water refills
Ironing Board
Bag storage
Bike pumps (Schrader&Presta)
Basic tool kit
Free wifi
Details of local bike routes
Details of bike hire locations
Food fuel - portable, healthy packaged snacks for purchase
Complimentary bike locks
Bike rider discounts

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