Blacklick Woods Metro Park

Opened in 1948, Blacklick Woods is the oldest and one of the busiest Metro Parks. The forest areas of this 643-acre park are laced with trails that wind through a swamp forest with white oak, pin oak and white ash along with red maple, red elm, shagbark, butternut hickory and dogwood. Shrubs include spicebush and buttonbush and the park features a small buttonbush swamp. The 100-acre beech-maple forest is one of the least disturbed in Central Ohio. As you meander along the trails amid the beech and sugar maples, you might spy a fox sizing up a meadow vole or watch a white-tailed deer browsing before sundown. Amenities include: Playfields, Playground equipment, Picnic areas and shelters, Nature programs, Sledding, Nature center, Hiking, jogging and biking trails, Rollerblading, Picnicking, Cross-country skiing, Birding and Golf courses. Ashton Pond: Filled with water lilies, turtles and fish, this scenic 2-acre pond lies just south of the Beech Maple Lodge.