Battelle Darby Creek
Battelle Darby Creek is the largest Metro Park with more than 7,000 acres of prairies, fields and forests, and more than 20 miles of riparian forest along the Big and Little Darby Creeks. The Darby creeks are noted nationally for their tremendous diversity and abundance of both aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals.
Designated state and national scenic rivers, the creeks are home to around 100 species of fish, five of which are endangered in Ohio. Forty-four species of freshwater mussels live in these waters, eight of which are on the Ohio endangered list.
Metro Parks has restored about 500 acres of wetlands, 500 acres of wet prairies and more than 500 acres of lush flowering prairies using only seeds native to the Darby Plains. The entrance road to the Indian Ridge Picnic Area is a great place to enjoy the splendor of such beauties as purple coneflower, royal catchfly, prairie dock, big bluestem and other wildflowers and grasses.
The park features more than 18 miles of trails and several scenic areas for picnicking.
I have no shortage of good things to say. The visitor center is an absolute must. Beautiful indoor "living" stream among other educational resources. The bison are great when you can catch view of them. I've always loved Darby creek for the scenery as well. Great place to canoe/kayak and fish as well as explore and hike. One of the cleanest waterways we have and therefore one with the most diversity of aquatic critters, many endangered. If you go please help keep it clean!
We visited for the first time to go sledding and were not disappointed! The hill is nicely maintained and the parking was close. It was a little crowded, but nice that there was a "big kid hill" as well as a space for the little kids.
Easily the best natural park in the vicinity of Columbus, Ohio. The State and National Scenic Darby Creek runs through this park where you can canoe, kayak, fish, and wade. The park is broken up into several areas each with their own parking area. Wagtail Trail is dog friendly.
Best kept secret in central Ohio. One of a few metro parks you can enjoy nature and not hear highway sounds. Good pet trails also.
Beautiful park with nice hill for sledding. The nature center is very clean and the staff is helpful and friendly.