Three Creeks Metro Park–Confluence Trails Area

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Three Creeks Metro Park–Confluence Trails Area
Coordinates: 39.8807201, -82.9040766
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Three Creeks Metro Park Trails
Also, see Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail

About Confluence Trails Area
This hotspot may be used for checklists when you park at the Confluence Trails Area. There are several trails near the confluence of the three creeks from which the Metro Park gets its name.

The Bluebell Trail is 1 mile. It is a moderate hike on a dirt path. The trail runs alongside Blacklick Creek with a view of the confluence of Blacklick, Big Walnut, and Alum creeks.

The Confluence Trail is 1 mile. It is a moderate hike on a dirt path. The trail runs alongside Alum Creek with a view of the confluence, passing giant sycamores, cottonwoods, and American elms. The trail leads to borrow pits adjacent to I-270 which can often provide views of ducks and geese.

The Evergreen Trail is an easy .5 mile walk on grass, dirt, and boardwalk. It is also used by pet walkers. The trail goes through a white pine tree grove and loops around the natural play area.

The Blacklick Creek Greenway begins at the Confluence Trails Area. It is an easy, paved trail which runs for 18 miles. The Greenway connects three Metro Parks and several small parks from Reynoldsburg to Groveport.

About Three Creeks Metro Park
Named for the confluence where Alum, Big Walnut, and Blacklick creeks join, this 1,086-acre park is operated through a partnership of Metro Parks and Columbus Recreation and Parks.

Three Creeks is a major hub in the Franklin County Greenways program, an interconnected system of trails along the seven major streams in Central Ohio. Hikers, bicyclists, and joggers can enjoy 15 miles of trails that parallel the stream corridors as they wind through forests, fields, prairies, and wetlands.

Owls, great blue herons and more than 100 species of birds have been sighted. Visitors may catch a glimpse of beaver, mink, coyote, deer and other wildlife as they walk or bike along the trails.

Three Creeks features five areas, each with a separate entrance and connected to one another through the Alum Creek Greenways Trail: Confluence Trails Area, Heron Pond, Madison Mills, Sycamore Fields, and Smith Farm.
From Three Creeks Metro Park webpage

Restrooms at locations identified on Three Creeks Metro Park map.