Slate Run Metro Park is a 1,705+ acre park that features a variety of activities and wildlife. You can hike, walk, bike, visit a working farm, and more!
Visit Slate Run Metro Park
Slate Run Metro Park is a 1,705+ acre park that features a variety of things to see and visit. You can find open areas of grasslands, you can find wetlands and meadows, as well as forested areas.
Beech, Oak, Hickory, and Sugar Maple trees can be found. There is a 156-acre wetland which is home to Sandhill cranes.
It should be noted that you can enjoy the quiet here. Though you are close to the hustle and bustle of a big city, you are far enough away from the noise pollution that you can truly enjoy the quiet!
A bit of history, the park isn’t actually sitting on top of slate rock, settlers from long ago mistook the dark soil for slate. The soft rock is actually shale!
Slate Run Metro Park Trails
The metro park offers 9 trails, with varying degrees of difficulty. You can find easy, moderate, and difficult trails here.
1.7 miles | Easy | Hike | Grass | ADA
Boboling Grassland 1.7-mile, easy, one-way hike. The path is ADA-accessible and winds through beautiful grassland, leading to an observation deck where hikers can view the wetlands. There is not much shade offered on this trail.
Covered Bridge Trail
0.7 miles | Easy | Hike | Pets | Dirt
A 0.7-mile flat, dirt trail that is rated as easy. It is a moderately trafficked trail. The hike goes through the Blackburn covered bridge and connects hikers with the Shagbark Trail. Dogs are welcome on this trail.
1.5 miles | Easy | Hike | Grass, Dirt, Boardwalk
Kokomo Trail is a 1.5-mile easy hike through grass, dirt, and boardwalk. This trail is great for all skill levels. The trail takes hikers through the wetlands with multiple observation decks to watch for wildlife. It is also a great trail to spot beautiful wildflowers!
2.5 miles | Horseback Only
This is a 2.5-mile horseback riding trail only. It is made up of grass, dirt, and gravel. The bridle trail goes through forest and meadows.
Sugar Maple Trail
1.4 miles | Moderate to Difficult | Hike | Dirt, Gravel
Sugar Maple Trail is a 1.4-mile, moderate to difficult one-way trail. It is a dirt and gravel trail that crosses Slate Run Creek and several steep hills. This trail is a great one to spot wildlife.
0.5 miles | Easy | Hike | Pets | Gravel, Dirt
This is a 0.5-mile easy hike on a gravel path. It is pet-friendly and is a loop trail that goes through forest and meadows.
0.4 miles | Easy | Hike | Pets | Paved
Lake Trail is a 0.4-mile easy flat paved and boardwalk hiking trail that is pet-friendly It leads to Buzzard’s Roost Lake.
Five Oaks Trail
1.5 miles | Moderate to Difficult | Hike | Gravel
A 1.5-mile trail that is moderate to difficult. With that difficulty said, it can be just fine for all skill levels. It is a gravel trail that goes through a steep ravine with black shale outcrops. This trail features a natural play area and a river.
Camp Starview Trail
2 miles | Moderate to Difficult | Hike | Grass, Dirt, Gravel
The Camp Starview Trail is a 2-mile, moderate to difficult hike. The trail surface is grass, dirt, and gravel. It goes through ravines and over steep hills. It is only open to groups renting the Youth Camp.
Shelters at Slate Run Metro Park
Shady Grove Picnic Area – You can find picnic tables, playground equipment for the kids, a small playfield, restrooms, and one open shelter. The shelter has electrical outlets and can seat 80.
Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area – In this area you can find picnic tables, playfields, a drinking fountain, playground equipment, restrooms, and a 14-acre lake. The lake has two children’s fishing docks (for ages 15 and younger) and a lakeside boardwalk. There is 1 open shelter that has 4 small grills and electrical outlets. The shelter can seat a maximum of 200.
Both shelters at Slate Run Metro Park are free to use and are on a first come first served basis.
Natural Play Area at Slate Run Metro Park
There is a 7-acre natural play area at Slate Run Metro Park. It is a wooded hillside with a creek. Families can explore and have fun in the outdoors with natural play. You can access this natural play area from the Shady Grove Picnic Area. Simply walk past the observation deck on the Five Oaks Trail and head to the bottom of the hill.
Slate Run Farm
One of the biggest draws to Slate Run Metro Park is the Slate Run Historical Farm. Visitors can be transported back in time to the 1880s era. They can see what a working historical farm looks like. The farm staff are volunteers.
Visitors to Slate Run Historical Farm can interact with the animals and learn about life and work on the farm. The volunteers there dress in period clothing to keep the feel of the 1880s farm.
All of the farm work, such as planting, growing, harvesting, etc. use the same methods as in the 1880s.
Admission to Slate Run Farm is free. For more information, visit here.
Slate Run Farm Video
Always a nice metro park to visit – there’s a historical working farm on the property as well.
There’s lots of different types of paths to go walking on including pet-friendly ones. Including a pond that you can walk down by for fishing and birdwatching. And there’s an old covered Bridge on one of the trails that you can see from the drive in.Jen T (Yelp)
Cindy’s Insider Ohio Tips!
My family and I love spending time at Slate Run Metro Park, with trails from easy to quite difficult, whatever you feel like on a particular day is there for you! Even if you want to bring your furry family, they are welcome on three of the trails. The playground is great for the kids, well equipped and there is also a handicapped swing. The kids enjoy every aspect of a visit to this Metro Park, and so do the adults! Do take a picnic if you intend to spend a while here.
Slate Run Metro Park Info
- Horseback riding
- easy/moderate/difficult trails
- Pet friendly
- 55-acre camp available for youth groups
- Natural play areas
- Open Sunny areas
Where is Slate Run Metro Park located?
- Metro Park and Farm:
Address: 1375 State Route 674 North, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
Address: 11140 Winchester Road, Ashville, Ohio 43103
- Phone: 614-329-1392 | Website | Facebook
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If you love hiking or being outdoors be sure to check out our Ohio Metro Parks Category where you can learn about all the central Ohio metro parks, including the beautiful Prairie Oaks Metro Park. If you are ever in Yellow Springs, be sure to check out our Yellow Springs Hiking Guide!