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Galloway - 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.


Jeremy Schatz

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Great Park to be at. Lots of space. People are friendly around that area. It's a very clean Park. Except for the bathrooms. They're pretty dang nasty. The trails are marked very well. It's a very nice place to have a birthday party. Plenty of space.

Frederick Champa

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
Excellent place to just leave modern civilization behind for a day. Great programs to get involved in for people of all ages from young kids to seniors. I used to take my daughter there to canoe, stream pollution monitoring and a couple times a month, especially during a full moon lead by a park ranger, they do a 4 mile night hike where they stop by Native American burial mounds and give a brief background on the mounds, who built them and what some of the things that had been excavated, examined, documented and put right back in the same exact way it was removed, so as to preserve the sanctity of the mounds. They have great respect for the Native American culture and how they lived. My daughter and I had lots of fun, from age 4, all through her teen years, of taking our family dogs to the pet trail and walking them through the fields and forest, and participated in quite a few "Howl at the Moon" 2 mile night dog hikes. So many great programs and even greater memories.


Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
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!

Deborah Palatas

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
As cozy and welcoming as always! The Lodge at Battelle Darby Park has been a winter gathering spot for our group for several years, and we've never been disappointed. It's always clean and set up just as we ask. And the fireplace really sets the mood. We love our Metroparks!

Brad Fields

Monday, April 16, 2018
My sister had her 50th birthday party at the shelter house which was a very nice place to have it at I think the only problem that I honestly encountered was the park ranger she was very rude. Other than that it was very nice

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