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The Most Magical Columbus Metro Park Isn’t In Columbus At All

There are some beautiful parks around Columbus. The Metro Park system has a variety of locations.

There are stunning gardens, wetlands overflowing with wildlife, rolling pastures, and wooded paths. But the most unique of the Columbus Metro Parks isn’t in Columbus at all.

About 40 minutes from Downtown Columbus, you’ll find Clear Creek Metro Park, in Rockbridge, OH. Nestled just north of Hocking Hills State Park, and West of Wayne National Forest, Clear Creek Metro Park is the largest state nature preserve in Ohio.

The park is made up of 5,300 acres of woodland interspersed with blackhand sandstone cliffs, ravines, and creeks. It is also home to more than 2,200 species of plants and animals.

Clear Creek Metro Park is open daily, from 6:30 a.m. until dark. It’s the perfect destination for a day trip full of nature and wildlife. And when they say “Clear Creek”, they mean it.

When you live in Downtown Columbus, it’s easy to feel disconnected from nature. The Metro Parks system offers parks that are much closer to Columbus, but they don’t all quite capture the magic of Clear Creek. It’s cinematically beautiful. Like if Westeros, Middle Earth, and Narnia all had a baby and dropped it here in South Eastern Ohio.

Don’t believe me? Here are the photos to prove it.

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So whether you’re looking for the perfect daytrip, or just a stunning location for your fan-made Game of Thrones prequel, you need to check out Clear Creek Metro Park!


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