Scioto Grove

Scioto Grove Metro Park Backpack Sites status: This trail has not been visited

County: Franklin

Nearest town: Grove City

Total distance: 7.3 miles (total of all trails)

Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours as a day hike or 2 days for an overnight hike. Reservations required for overnight.

Trail conditions: Very good; a mixture of paved, gravel and natural trail surfaces

Blazes: Orange Carsonite posts and signage

Water: Available year round at the restroom facility located in the Arrowhead picnic area

Highlights: Scioto River, floodplain forest, restored prairies, easy trail for beginners

Maps: Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Scioto Grove Backpack Trail map

Contact info: Scioto Grove Metro Park, 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City OH 43123; Ranger cell phone: 614-949-1078

Internet: Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Getting there: Backpackers must park at the North Canoe Access, located at 4994 Jackson Pike. I-71 South
to Stringtown Rd. Exit 100. Head East on Stringtown Road for 1.4 Miles. South on Jackson Pike for 1.2 Miles.

Trailhead coordinates: 39.8603°N, 83.0225°W (WGS84); UTM 17 326990E 4413993N (NAD27)

Scioto Grove Metro Park is a 620-acre park along the Scioto River with mature forests and scenic bluffs overlooking the river. It features more than seven miles of trails, two picnic areas with shelters, tables and grills, a kids play area and several overlook decks. The park is located on a scenic bend of the Scioto River and is a great destination for canoeists, kayakers, anglers and people wanting to see waterfowl and other wildlife. Dogs on leashes are welcome throughout the park, which also features a sledding hill.

Thanks to a generous donation of 193 acres of land from the City of Grove City, funds from the State of Ohio Clean Ohio Program, and passage of a property tax levy by Franklin County voters, Metro Parks has developed this park for people of all ages and abilities to experience nature and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Additional support came from outdoor retailer REI to construct a backpack trail along the river for those just getting into the sport, as well as those seasoned backpackers who want a quick overnight without having to journey several hours.

Topography throughout the park is generally flat, not exceeding 50′ of relief.

The Trail
Scioto Grove Metro Park contains a network of trails and connecting trails, many concentrated near the park’s day use facilities. There is not one designated backpack trail, but rather the backpack sites can be found on three named trails. Two of the park’s five backpack campsites are located on the 1.2-mile REI River Trail, with the remaining three found on the longer Overlook and Mingo trails. The farthest campsite from the trailhead is Site #5 at a distance of 2.5 miles one way. Two permanent camping pads and a fire ring are found at each site.

Backpacking is free and by reservation only, reservations can be taken by calling the contact number above. The park is open 365 days a year, however, backpacking is only permitted on Friday and Saturday nights every other weekend, starting in May and ending in October. Backpackers must park at the North Canoe Access parking lot and must camp at designated campsites. Firewood is provided free of charge. Hammock tents are not permitted. For a complete list of park rules please review Metro Parks rules and regulations.

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