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)
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.