Finding the perfect home isn’t just about locating a fantastic neighborhood. The amenities found near your home can make it a community that offers convenient and fun ways to enjoy the outdoors and bond with your family. Central Ohio is home to many nature preserves and metro parks. One of the many benefits of building a home with Trinity Homes is that most of our neighborhoods are conveniently located near Columbus metro parks. Each park is uniquely designed to encourage recreation without disturbance to local flora and fauna.
With miles of hiking trails, Blacklick Woods Metro Park is the perfect place to explore the beech-maple forests, wetlands, and riparian forest corridors along Blacklick Creek. This metro park offers one of the best remaining beech-maple forests in Central Ohio along with a buttonbush swamp and is a popular place to sled in the winter.
Battelle Darby Creek
This 7000-acre park is the largest of the Columbus metro parks system. Situated along the Big and Little Darby creek, this park is ideal for hiking, fishing, sledding, and nature observation. Don’t miss the bison that were recently reintroduced to the park and roam freely within two enclosed pastures.
Offering spectacular stream-cut ravines with exposed ripple rock sandstone and open fields surrounded by beech-maple and oak-hickory forests, this 653-acre park is a great place for bird watchers. The 118-acre Walden Waterfowl Refuge, with its 11-acre Thoreau Lake, provides a sanctuary for hundreds of birds, ducks and other wildlife. The park recently added a natural play area that offers several activities designed to encourage natural, imaginative play for children big and small.
Highbanks is named for its massive 100-foot-high shale bluff towering over the Olentangy State Scenic River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a number of deep ravines in the eastern part of the 1,200-acre park. The nature center is open year-round and is a popular destination with its large, indoor play area. Since 2010, Highbanks has been home to a pair of bald eagles, which can be seen from the new River Bluff section of the park.
Nestled within a scenic nature preserve, the 123-acre Inniswood Metro Gardens is a source of inspiration for all ages. Offering more than 2,000 species of plants, specialty collections and several theme gardens, Inniswoods is bound to put a smile on your face as you stroll through the paths any season. The Three Sisters garden offers a variety of activities for children and most of the trails are accessible for all abilities.
With over 1,000 acres, this is where you can enjoy a peaceful walk on the three miles of walking trails that wind 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. Relax and spend some time looking for wildlife in the open fields.
This 620-acre park along the Scioto River has an abundance of mature forests and scenic bluffs overlooking the river. It features more than seven miles of trails, two picnic areas with shelters, tables and grills, a kid’s play area and several overlook decks. The connected trails allow for a quick trip or a long hike in the fresh air.
Here you will see a variety of habitats ranging from the open areas of grasslands, wetlands and meadows to the forested areas of beech, oak, hickory and sugar maple. Plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities are available in the 1,705-acre park, including Sandhill cranes who have nested in the 156-acre wetland.
Wherever you are, at least one of these Columbus Metro parks is nearby. Be sure to stop by one of our models when you are out exploring; you can contact a sales representative or visit our website to browse all of our communities in the area and start planning your dream home today.