On May 6, 2016, the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks opened their newest park, Scioto Grove, in Grove City. With so much to explore, here are some ways you can opt outside at Scioto Grove Metro Park:

Climb the playground

The playground is made of mostly ropes–perfect for climbing!

Or climb a tree

Go trail running 

The varied trails make for an exciting run through the forest.

Or just hang out

Hang up a hammock and relax with a good book…perhaps Walden by Thoreau?

Cast a line

Anglers can spend the day fishing for bass, bluegill, catfish, and other native species. There is also a small fishing pond, which is available for catch and release.

Had fun fishing today! ??

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Explore with your canine friend

Dogs are welcome throughout the park, as long as they are kept on a leash. P.S. here are some more dog-friendly spots in Grove City.

Murphy and I checked out the new metro park in Grove City today. We approve.

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Hug a tree

The large sycamore trees in the park make perfect friends!

The sycamore trees were massive #ilovehiking

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Hike the trails

You’ll find paved, gravel, and mowed trails throughout the park for whatever kind of activity you’re into.

Chilly day yesterday but still nice at Columbus' newest metro park! @cbusmetroparks @ohiogram

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Or venture off the beaten path

Off trail exploring is encouraged, just be aware of the wildlife that inhabits the park.

Get into it #fujixpro2 #getoutside #livealittle

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Go on a backpack excursion

One of the most unique features of the park is the REI River Trail. This unpaved trail allows newbies and experienced backpackers, alike, to further their skills in the comfort of a smaller park.

Do a little reflecting

Take a break from the craziness of your day in the serenity of nature.

Try bird watching

From small robins to majestic bald eagles, you’ll see a diverse array of species in the park.

Paddle down the Scioto River

Kayak or canoe along the preserved riparian ecosystem of the Scioto River…did you know “scioto” comes from the American Indian word for “deer”? Keep an eye out for white-tailed deer during your visit.

Metro Park Sunday's continued

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Have a photo session

The park makes the perfect backdrop for photography, especially those lush prairie fields.

Watch the sunrise or sunset

You can’t beat a view like this to begin or end your day!

How do you opt outside at Scioto Grove? Share with us on social media using #seethegrove!

HeadshotBlogger: Sarah Lilly is the Group Tour and Marketing Manager for Visit Grove City. She started her career in tourism by interning for the CVB from 2013-2015. She is a Gilmore Girls enthusiast, travel lover, and recent graduate of Miami University. Tweet: @GroveCitySarah #SeetheGrove