Best trails in Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Ohio

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Looking for a great trail in Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Ohio? AllTrails has 5 great views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Prairie Oaks Metro Park ranging from 2.2 to 5.9 miles and from 889 to 921 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Situated just a 15 minute drive west of downtown Columbus, the Prairie Oaks Metro Park is a beautiful nature oasis. The park is ideal for walking, fishing, picnicking, bird-watching, boating, and wildlife viewing. There are miles of trails weaving through the open prairies and grasslands.

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Map of trails in Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Ohio
Park information
Park hours
Monday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
(614) 208-4321
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Top trails (5)
#1 - Darby Creek Greenway Trail
Prairie Oaks Metro Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Situated just a 15 minute drive west of downtown Columbus, the Prairie Oaks Metro Park is a beautiful nature oasis. The park is ideal for walking, fishing, picnicking, bird-watching, boating, and wildlife viewing. There are miles of trails weaving through the open prairies and grasslands. One popular trail here is the Darby Creek Greenway Trail. The section within Prairie Oaks Metro Park is actually just several miles of the trail. The route extends south into Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park as well, however the two sections do not connect. This trail is wide, well-maintained, and ideal for families. You might even get a chance to see one of the bison!Show more
#2 - Prairie Oaks Loop from Darby Bend Lakes Entrance
Prairie Oaks Metro Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
Dogs are allowed on most trails. Please check with the park before visiting to check the restrictions.Show more
#3 - Prairie Oaks Loop from West Park Entrance
Prairie Oaks Metro Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
This is a combination, of Coneflower, Bridle, Lakeview, and Darby Creek Greenway Trails. Dogs are only allowed on the gravel path.Show more
#4 - Sycamore Plains Loop
Prairie Oaks Metro Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 57 m
Nice series of trails along river and through new less mature prairie fields. Lower portions of trails can become very muddy. This is a combination of the Sycamore Plains, Osage Opening, and the Grassland Trails.Show more
#5 - Prairie Oaks Bridle Trail
Prairie Oaks Metro Park
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Length: 5.9 mi