Battelle Darby Creek

1775 Darby Creek Drive

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.


sara king smith

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

Best park in date to take kids! I have been coming here my whole life and now I get to share with my daughter's! It is absolutely wonderful place! It has great festivals different times of the year and the atmosphere is the best!

bJ Jones

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

Must go see Being one with nature is our greatest relaxing freedom. FREE entertainment nature is a beautiful thing to look at and watch. The new Bison trail a great exhibit

Jessica R

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beautiful park, lots of walking and hiking trails. You can even see real Buffalo! The nature center is beautiful, hands on interactions for younger children. It is spread out so I would recommend getting a map of the place. Plenty of parking and cook or options. Great metro park!

Beth Hines

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

The circular barn is really cool. There are so many great things that could be with it makes you wonder why nothing is being done with it.

Kimi Dodd

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

Beautiful!!! The hiking paths to the buffalo are very disability friendly. You can actually use a wheelchair with no problems. The staff are very welcoming and extremely knowledgeable.