Regional Parks Information


Delaware County Parks & Nature Preserves

The following list of parks and preserves includes those managed by federal, state, county, and non-governmental agencies (such as the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, various historical societies, etc.).

We have tried to collect information on the activities and facilities available at various parks, but things may change without us knowing about it. So please double-check the information at the official site.

Alum Creek (State Park)

3615 S. Old State Road, Delaware, OH 43015

Park size: 4,630 acres + 3,387 acre reservoir

Total trail length: 8.5 miles + 38 miles bridle trail

Dog friendly (Dog Park)

Bridle trails

Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)

Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.

Camp sites

Mountain bike trails

Cross country ski trails

Restrooms (Flush toilets)

Disc golf course, boating, swimming, equestrian trail and camp

Blues Creek Preserve (County)

9627 Fontanelle Road, Ostrander, OH 43061

GPS coordinates: N40.283681,W83.239881

Park size: 138 acres

Total trail length: 2.5 miles

Dog friendly

Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)

Restrooms (Latrines)

Sledding hill

Char-Mar Ridge Preserve (County)

7741 Lewis Center Road, Westerville, OH 43082

GPS coordinates: N40.196081,W82.905075

Park size: 128 acres

Total trail length: 1.75 miles

Dog friendly

Cross country ski trails

Restrooms (Flush Toilets)

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (Zoo / Aquarium)

4850 West Powell Rd. Powell OH 43065

Park size: 580 acres

At least some parts are handicap accessible

Restrooms

Named #1 US Zoo by USA Travel Guide

Deer Haven Preserve (County)

4183 Liberty Road, Delaware, OH 43015

GPS coordinates: N40.241428, W83.076039

Park size: 97 acres

Total trail length: 3 miles

Dog friendly

Good site for bird watching

Restrooms (Flush toilets)

Adjacent to Havener Park in Liberty Township.

Delaware (State Park)

5202 US Route 23 North, Delaware, OH 43015

Park size: 1,686 acre park + 1,300 acre reservoir

Total trail length: 5 miles

Dog friendly (Designated areas)

Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)

Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.

Good site for bird watching

Camp sites

Restrooms (Flush toilets)

Boating, swimming, disc golf. Adjacent to Delaware Wildlife Area.

Delaware Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)

5202 US Route 23 North, Delaware, OH 43015

Park size: 6,925 acres

Dog friendly

Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)

Archery range

Firearms range

Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.

Good site for bird watching

Emily Traphagen Preserve (County)

5094 Seldom Seen Rd, Powell, OH 43065

Park size: 72 acres

Total trail length: 1.2 miles

Dog friendly

Good site for bird watching

Restrooms (Flush toilets)

Gallant Farm Preserve (County)

2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware, Oh 43015

GPS coordinates: N40.351123,W83.11473

Park size: 19 acres

Total trail length: 0.25 miles

Restrooms (Flush toilets)

The emphasis of this park is its working farm that is recreating farm life from the Great Depression, WWII era. The farm buildings are open from noon to 5 on Thursday through Saturday. The park ground are open till dusk.

Gallant Woods Preserve (County)

2151 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware, OH 43015

Park size: 231 acres

Dog friendly

Good site for bird watching

Restrooms (Flush toilets)

Sledding hill

Genoa Township Bike Trail (Bike Path)

Transits: Rt 3 / Old 3C Hwy — Plumb Rd — Old 3C Hwy / Weise Rd

Dog friendly

6.5 mile multi-use paved trail

Highbanks (Metro Park)

9466 Columbus Pike (US Rt 23 N), Lewis Center, OH 43035

Park size: 1,159 acres

Total trail length: 10 miles

Dog friendly

Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)

Good site for bird watching

Cross country ski trails

Restrooms

Sledding hill, nature center

Hogback Ridge Preserve (County)

2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, OH, 43074

Park size: 41 acres

Total trail length: 0.8 miles

Dog friendly

Good site for bird watching

Restrooms (Flush toilets)

Hoover Nature Preserve (Columbus City Nature Preserve)

3715 Sunbury Road, Galena, OH 43021

Park size: 925 acres

Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)

Good site for bird watching

Restrooms

Multiple sites along Hoover Reservoir. Hoover Mudflats has 1,500 ft boardwalk. Hoover Reservoir Park offers disc golf.

Hutchins (State Nature Preserve)

Location: Part of Highbanks Metro Park

Park size: 206 acres

Olentangy Indian Caverns (Private Cavern)

1779 Home Road, Delaware, OH 43015

Restrooms

Seymour Woods (State Nature Preserve)

GPS coordinates: N40.227853, W83.054509

Location: Located in Delaware County, north of Columbus on U.S. Route 23 about 8 miles north of I–270; go west on Winter Road; the preserve is .75 mile on the right. Park outside the gate and walk to the trails.

Park size: 115 acres

Shale Hollow Preserve (County)

6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center, 43035

GPS coordinates: N40.2129985488,W83.034766195

Location: From Columbus, take US 23 north. At the first light after Lewis Center Rd., turn left onto Olentangy Crossings Rd. You will head for a sub-division. Just prior to entering the sub-division, turn right onto Artesian Run. Directly ahead, you will see a sign for the park entrance.

Park size: 188 acres

Total trail length: 1.1 miles

Dog friendly

Restrooms

Nature center, shale cliffs, wildflowers

Stratford Woods (State Nature Preserve)

3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Location: Located in southern Delaware County. U.S. Route 23 to Powell Road, then west 5 miles to Liberty Road and north to the Stratford Ecological Center.

Park size: 95 acres

Please sign in at visitors center when you arrive

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