Climbing Wall, Wetlands, Bird Watching & Much More
This wildlife oasis occupies the Whittier Peninsula, which for most of Columbus’ history was an industrial area dominated by factories, warehouses and railroad yards. Having been meticulously restored, and opening in 2009, the park features wetlands, boat launches and one of the nation’s largest outdoor climbing walls. It is also home to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, a stopover for thousands of birds that migrate north from Central and South America.
Size: 120 acres
The largest free outdoor climbing wall in the country, 35 feet high. Climbing is free, but climbers must bring their own ropes and equipment. The climbing wall opens at 9am and closes one hour before the park close. On the second Friday of the month, from March through November, the climbing wall will stay open till midnight. Call the ranger cell phone number (614.202.5197) to verify late-night opening in case of bad weather conditions.
What Else is There to Do?
Additional Scioto Audubon Metro Park features include:
- Boat Ramp: You can launch your boat and sail, cruise, canoe or kayak the Scioto River.
- Fishing Access: Fish the river from the boat ramp or elevated fishing dock.
- Hiking and Biking: The Scioto Greenway Trail runs through the park.
- Sledding Hill: A sledding hill is available in the winter near the obstacle course.
- Neos: An interactive electronic game structure provides fun for visitors of all ages.
- Sand Volleyball: Three competition-size sand volleyball courts are available in the Central Activities Area near the climbing wall. Nets are in place, but we recommend that you bring your own volleyball. Court use is free.
- Dog Park: A 2.5-acre dog park features separate areas for small dogs and large dogs, each with its own agility course. The dog park is located just past the climbing wall in the central activities area.
- Columbus Rotary Obstacle Course: Highlights of the park obstacle course include a quarter-mile running track, a tunnel crawl, an 8-foot climbing wall, balance beams, monkey bars, a tire course, a cargo climb, an over/under, a belly crawl and a log run.
- Picnic Shelters: The park features three shelters with tables and grills.
- Grange Insurance Audubon Center: A nature center providing educational programming and information for the city of Columbus, its residents and public schools.
Location & Info
395 W. Whittier Street
Columbus, OH 43215
6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
April – September
Ample meter parking, surface lots, and parking garages are located in the area.