In addition to a number of convenient walking/bicycling trails and neighborhood parks, Canal Winchester boasts close proximity to a number of great unique parks in the state/county park system that make great places for working out, learning history, or just being close to nature!
The following metro parks are located within ten minutes drive from downtown Canal Winchester: Chestnut Ridge Metro Park, Slate Run Metro Park, Slate Run Living Historical Farm, and the newest Metro Park, Walnut Woods.
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Chestnut Ridge is located three miles southeast of Canal Winchester. This 486-acre Metro Park includes beautiful woodlands, open fields and outcrops of blackhand sandstone. A two-mile nature trail and boardwalk opened in late 1988 provides a view of some of the most beautiful scenery in central Ohio.
Old canal stones configured for group activities
Playset surrounded by benches
Swingset (4 seat)
2 basketball courts
Fencing - partially from road
Seasonal portable restroom
6 Baseball and softball fields
Seasonal/Event Concession Stand
Seasonal portable restrooms
Parking for 100 vehicles
The City hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 23, 2021 for the new Walnut Creek Trail. When complete, the trail will connect the historic Bergstresser covered bridge along Washington Street to McGill Park. For now, only a portion of the trail is open while park construction continues.
Slate Run Metro Park is a 1700-acre park located 5 miles south of Canal Winchester. Wooded areas housing a variety of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers make up half of the park. Visitors can also enjoy a 3.5-mile nature trail and picnicking facilities. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. until dark.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm is located within Slate Run Metro Park and is fully operational. Daily functions performed on the farm, from cropping to barnyard and household chores, use actual late 1880's machinery and methods. The principal farm buildings and residence were built on the site between 1856 and 1881.
New and still under expansion/development, Walnut Woods 1,032 acre area features paved pet-friendly trails through scenic stands of Sweetgum and Pine trees. A picnic area with tables and grills are on site.