Want to do a little bit of rock climbing or kayaking but don’t want to make the hour-long drive to Hocking Hills? Say no more, because you can do that and more right here in Columbus at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
Enjoy a relaxing ride among the trees and a zoomed-out view of the city on your ride along the 10-mile Scioto Greenway Trail or the bite-sized 2.5 mile Connector Trails.
Is the water more your style? Sail away on the Scioto River, complete with boat ramp.
If you prefer non-motorized water activities, bring your kayak or canoe and take a quiet, leisurely float on the water.
If you have the patience, you can even have a relaxing fishing session.
Another feature of this park is the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. This nature center boasts 18,000 square feet and a handful of protected bird species, including the Bald Eagle. Among the kid-friendly programs this nature center produces is a weekly bird hike, where people of all ages get an opportunity to go bird watching and learn about some of the species.
Spend some time with your cat or dog in the picnic area or along the trails (as long as they are leashed). Scioto Audubon also features a 2.5- acre dog park with an agility course so your dog can show off its skills.
Grill out with family and friends in one of three first-come, first-served picnic shelters full of tables and grills. In addition to dining features, picnic areas also feature an interactive electronic game, age-appropriate play equipment for kids, sand volleyball courts and playfields for soccer and other grass sports so you can have the ultimate family cookout.
If you’re more adventurous, you may want to check out the Columbus Rotary Obstacle Course that features a quarter-mile running track plus a tire run and flip, 8-foot wall, tunnel crawl, balance beams, monkey bars, cargo climb, belly crawl, over/under and a log run. There’s no better place to practice your American Ninja Warrior skills!
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Scioto Audubon Metro Park is the outdoor rock climbing wall. You don’t have to travel far to get your thrill. With three towers and two arches of the main climbing wall reaching a height of 35 feet and extending more than 6,100 square feet, the wall features bouldering, top rope and lead climbing. There are also four auto belays, in which climbers must bring their own climbing harness. Due to the 13-year-old age limit on climbing, there are also smaller 10-foot boulders with no age restriction available for kids to climb.
With all of the activies the Scioto Audubon Metro Park has to offer, there’s no reason not to spend an afternoon experiencing the great outdoors in the city. Check out the park’s website for more information.