Looking to escape into nature?
There’s no place like the Metro Parks when you are hoping to spend the perfect day outdoors. If you’re going to a metro park, you might as well go to the park that started it all.
Blacklick Woods was the first Metro Park ever, opening back in 1948. There are a lot of awesome things to do at the park, which offers over 600 acres of woods, seasonal ponds, prairies, a golf course, and more.
The hiking trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park are an excellent way to get moving in Columbus. There are six trails at Blacklick Woods, ranging from .5 miles to 16 miles. All of the trails are ADA accessible, passing through the most beautiful forests. You can see a map of all of the trails right here.
One of the highlights of Blacklick Woods Metro Park is the Meadows Picnic Area. There are picnic tables, grills, a playground, and restrooms. The area is also where visitors will find 6 enclosed shelters and 2 open shelters, perfect for parties or family gatherings.
There are two biking trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park. For a shorter ride, you can hop on the 4.1-mile gravel trail that goes through both a forest and a meadow. If a longer ride is more your vibe, hop on the 16-mile Blacklick Creek Greenway, a paved bike trail that connects three Metro Parks from Reynoldsburg to Groveport.
There are two challenging golf courses at Blacklick Woods. Rated one of the top ten most difficult public golf courses, the golf course offers a traditional layout with tree-lined fairways and consistent, quality putting surfaces. Additionally, if you’re just learning how to golf, you can stop by The Learning Course. There’s a full-service driving range on site, as well as a 30,000-square-foot practice green and a 3-hole practice course.
One of the best things about visiting Blacklick Woods Metro Park is stopping by the Nature Center. The center has different exhibits that focus on local and natural history. There are large, one-way glass windows that look out over a pond and bird feeders, making it the perfect place to observe wildlife in their natural habitat.
If there’s snow on the ground, stop what you’re doing and head to the Blacklick Woods Golf Course for a little sledding! The hills are gentle, making them perfect for young kids that are hesitant about sledding for the first time.
Although initially reported as a new Nature Center and canopy walk, the project has been modified to just a canopy walk, which is expected to open by early 2023. The plans will include a 400-foot loop over 30 feet off the ground, giving visitors a chance to get up close to some of the beautiful trees making up the canopy. Additionally, the canopy walk will include a tower with an elevator that brings people up to the walks and one of the observation decks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Blacklick Woods Metro Park located?
The park is located at 6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.
Can you golf for free at Blacklick Woods?
Yes. The Learning Course is free for Franklin County Residents. You can also rent clubs for $10.
Is there sledding at Blacklick Woods Metro Park?
Yes! If you’re interested in sledding, head to the golf course area after a good snow.
How big is Blacklick Woods Metro Park?
The metro park comes in at 643 acres.
For more info about Blacklick Woods Metro Park, please visit metroparks.net.