Bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

This is one of those things I wish someone had told me about years before I discovered it myself, so I’m taking it upon myself to tell you now:

There is a herd of bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

And you can go stare at them as much as you want. Forย free.

My boyfriend Trevor and I were looking for a fun date idea back in April, and happened to have an absolutely gorgeous day to do whatever we wanted to. Having heard about the bison, I suggested we go check them out. Luckily, he was 100% on board.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is in Galloway, just west of Grove City. It’s a short and scenic drive after getting off of Interstate 270. The bison roam in a large enclosed pasture that is just east of the gorgeous Nature Center (which has a natural stream running through it – very cool!). It’s a short walk from the parking lot to the bison area.

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I only made it about five seconds after we caught a glimpse of the first bison before blurting out the joke I’d been planning all day.

Me: Oh, so that one must be that one’s mom.
Trevor: Huh?
Me: Yeah, didn’t you see when he left her just a little bit ago? She was like “BISON.”

Get it? Like “bye, son!”

It’s okay, Trevor thought it was stupid too. I’m still proud.

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The bison are absolutely not shy, and will get right up near the fence to watch you while you watch them. I believe we counted eight total that were roaming around that evening. At one point, we had a group of about four following us as we walked!

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They truly are gorgeous, majestic creatures. It’s remarkably soothing to watch them, and it’s pretty neat when one looks back at you with a similar curiosity.

The bison aren’t the only attraction at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. This enormous park features a multitude of hiking trails, natural play areas, access points for canoeing and kayaking, and much more. If you’re looking for a free adventure, go check out the bison and do some hiking at this Columbus-area treasure!

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Centerย 
1415 Darby Creek Dr
Galloway, OH 43119

Park closes at dark year-round.

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