Scioto Grove Metro Park Is A Magical Wonderland In Full Bloom Right Now

Nestled along the Scioto River, Scioto Grove Metro Park is a 630-acre park with mature forest and scenic bluffs overlooking the water.

The park has over 7 miles of trails, picnic and shelter areas, tables, a kids play area, overlooks, an archery range, rustic camping sites and even an impressive rope bridge.

The park is a fantastic destination for kayakers and canoeists, with a designated area where you can put your watercraft into the river. There are paved and unpaved trails at the park, but one of the most beautiful walks you can take in the spring is the REI River Trail. The backpack trail is great for those who are just getting into backpacking. In addition to the scenic views along the trail, there are also rustic campsites where you can spend the night, getting a great first taste of what it’s like to backpack overnight.

It’s completely free to rent a campsite, which are available every other weekend from April through October. All you have to do is call 614-539-3339 to make a reservation.

The park has lots of other features to get excited about, including a Drone Flight Zone, an 18-hole Disc Golf Course, and the Grove Lodge, where you can have a fantastic event. I had my wedding there, so I can say with authority that it’s a wonderful place to celebrate something special.

Right now, the park is absolutely brimming with spring colors and blooms.

Flowers with bright yellow buds cover the forest floors along the river and some of the most vibrant Bluebells I’ve ever seen spring up periodically. I saw an abundance of wildlife during my visit, including several birds and a small herd of deer.

The bright yellow blooms, called Lesser Celandine, are incredibly stunning, but sadly also invasive. They cover vast stretches of the forest floor throughout the park.

It’s a peaceful and tranquil place, especially if you visit during the week. When you’re down on the trail along the river, all you can hear are birds singing, the water flowing by, and the occasional fellow hiker. If you’ve been searching for an escape from hustle and bustle, a visit to Scioto Grove Metro Park is most definitely the place.

Scioto Grove Metro Park is located at 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123. The park is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please visit the Metro Parks website here.

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