10 Beautiful Parks Perfect For A Stroll In Columbus

Originally published 6/28/18. Updated 5/15/19.

Taking a walk is the perfect, easy way to burn a few extra calories.

It’s also an excellent way to discover and explore parts of Columbus you’ve never seen before. From urban oasis parks to expansive wildlife preserves, there are wonderful trails snaking through every nook and cranny of our city.

The weather is warm, the days are getting longer, and there’s a whole lot out there to explore. Here are the 10 most beautiful places in Columbus to take a stroll.

Scioto Grove Metro Park

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About: Scioto Grove is a stunning, 620-acre park situated south of Columbus along the Scioto River. There are 8 trails at the park, ranging from .3 miles to 2.5 miles. Some wind through the countryside of Grove City and others hug right along the river, but all are perfect for a summer walk.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: 5172 Jackson Pike Grove City, OH 43123

Batelle Darby Park


About: Battelle Darby Creek Park is over 7,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and pastures. Bison have been reintroduced to the park, roaming through two pastures. The park has over 14 trails to chose from, so strap on those hiking boots and get out there.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to Dusk
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Dr Galloway, OH 43119

Rocky Fork Metro Park

via Metro Parks

About: Rocky Fork Metro Park offers more than three miles of walking trails, winding through woods and fields. There is a bridle trail, dog park, an off-leash trail for dogs, a play area for kids and a large shelter for family picnics.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to dark
Location: 7180 Walnut Street, Columbus, OH 43081

Schiller Park

Schiller Park via Wikipedia

About: Schiller Park is the second oldest park in the city and is the perfect place to take an evening walk. Surrounded by historic German Village, the park has paved paths throughout and the park is super pet-friendly, which means you can bring your furbaby along for the walk.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Location: 1069 Jaeger Street, Columbus, OH 43206

Scioto Mile

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About: The Scioto Mile is a great place to take a casual walk. There are miles of paths hugging the shore of the Scioto River with great views of Downtown Columbus.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: 25 Marconi Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

Goodale Park

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About: This 32 acre park is the oldest park in the city, nestled in the adorable Victorian Village neighborhood. There are walking trails, gazebos, a pond, and more.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: 120 W. Goodale Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Topiary Park

via The Topiary Park

About: Looking to get a little fancy on your walk? The Topiary Garden is so elegant and the paths are easy to navigate, perfect for a leisurley evening.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: 480 East Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Antrim Park

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About: Antrim is a nearly 120-acre park surrounded by a quarried lake and the Olentangy Greenway Trail, great for running, walking, biking.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: 5800 Olentangy River Rard, Columbus, OH 43085

Scioto Audubon Metro Park


About: Scioto Audubon is one of my favorite places for a summer stroll in the city. The 120-acre park has 4 trails: Scioto Greenway, a ten mile, paved path, Connector, a 2.5 mile trail that connects different sections of the park, Hermit’s Thrush, a quick, .1 mile walk on a mulched path, and the Wetland path, a nearly half-mile loop around the beautiful wetland area.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: 400 W. Whittier Street Columbus, OH 43215

Hayden Falls


About: The best kind of walk includes a reward. And the reward on this trail is a beautiful waterfall. The trail is 2 miles long.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: 4326 Hayden Run Rd, Dublin, OH 43017