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Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Galloway

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Battelle Darby Creek 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.
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4.8
  • What a great place to get away from it all. Visit the Nature Center to start off your visit. Lots of interactive experiences for all ages, including both hands-on learning, electronic learning & live ...  more »
  • For spring wildflowers, check out the Dyers Mill Trail at Darby Creek MetroPark. But wear long pants tucked into your socks and spray your lower legs with insect repellant. The mild winters have incre...  more »
  • This is a great Metropark. The trails are great for hiking. The nature center has an indoor stream that is great for kids to explore. By far, the greatest feature is the bison herd. A day is always im...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Wildlife: There are fields where the buffalo roam! There is also a nature center that I hear is very nice. It's accessible, and has an overlook where you can sometimes see the buffalo. I've heard many types of birdsong on the trails, and they have unobtrusive birdhouses in the grasslands. I've also seen deer, bunnies, frogs, squirrels, and chipmunks. Rangers are happy to answer questions and offer free programs. Runners: Indian Ridge, the furthest park out past the roundabout and RR crossing, is the go-to park for cross country runners. The trails through the forest keep runners several degrees cooler, and provide various opportunities to run on hills. Watch out for tree roots though! Walkers: For those who prefer walking the trails, walk fast or wear bug spray! Pausing to take pictures on the trails is when you really need bug spray. There is a thoughtfully placed bench when you reach the top of the steepest hill. At one or more points, the trail allows access to streams. Picnickers: For picnickers, there are tables scattered throughout in mowed areas where bugs don't seem to be an issue. There are also pavillions. Sports: There are also large mowed unmarked fields for various sports. I once saw a course set up there for what looked like mini golf for soccer balls. Children: There are playgrounds in several spots that are safe and we'll kept. Restrooms: There are a few nice restrooms with running water, and more outhouses if you can't make it that far. Reserved areas: There are several areas that you can reserve for parties. All have pavillions and restrooms, and at least one has a building. My brother had his wedding under the trees, and the reception indoors. It was lovely, but keep in mind that alcohol is forbidden. I didn't give it five stars because it's no Hocking Hills, but it is very well kept, and presents a wide variety of Ohio native flora and fauna.
  • Wonderful park. The nature center is amazing. We asked about seeing salamanders and they had two in the center that they went and got for us to see. I had never seen a salamander before, it was great. It made our day and was more than we could have hoped for. Thanks to the nature center employee for going above and beyond!!!
  • Park is a well done immersion into a creekside woods and fields environment. Marked Trails from easy to moderately difficult. Great Family Friendly areas. Excellent Learning Center. Bison and Bird Watching a must! This my third visit this year. Worth many more visits.
  • Love the nature center and the bison viewing area. They are my son's favorite animal. The playgrounds and hiking trails are great too.

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