Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio 43119
(southwestern Franklin County)
Battelle Darby Creek Metro is currently the Metro Park's largest park with about 7000 acres of forest, prairies, bluffs, ponds and streams. The park stretches along more than 13 miles of the Big and Little Darby Creeks, both of which are recognized as State and National Scenic Rivers. Besides the areas surrounding the creeks, there are also over 200 acres of restored prairies and grasslands.
Osprey Lake: Anglers can fish for catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass for free at this 14-acre pond.
Canoe and Fishing Access: Located off Alkire Road, outdoor enthusiasts can easily get into Big and Little Darby Creek to fish, canoe or kayak.
Stream side Classroom: Metro Parks' naturalists conduct free nature programs for school and youth groups.
Bison: In 2011, bison were re-introduced to fields located inside the park that once supported 1000s of bison long before Ohio became a state. It is believed that the last bison in Ohio was killed in 1803. This introductory effort at re-introducing the native bison is hopefully, just the beginning of a much larger herd that may one day roam over a 33 acre area of the park.