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Visit the wild bison at Batelle Darby Creek Metro Park

How did bison make their way back to our city? Here’s the story and how you can best view the massive mammals as they roam a local metro park.

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Did you know bison can weigh up to 2,000 lbs? | Photo by Liz Christian

Did you know bison — the largest mammals in North America — are roaming right here in Columbus at Batelle Darby Creek?

Wild bison haven’t roamed Ohio since 1803, and they nearly went extinct due to overhunting. However, wild bison were relocated to Batelle Darby Creek 10+ years ago through a partnership with The Wilds, an animal conservation non-profit with the Columbus Zoo.

The relocation came as an effort to restore the population of bison in Ohio. In turn, it has brought Ohioans the chance to view these massive mammals in the wild again. And although the bison are in the wild, they are still checked on by vets, and they receive vaccines to stay healthy.

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Catch the new baby bison in action. | Photo by Liz Christian

Catch them grazing at your next visit to the 7,000-acre metro park, as they roam freely year-round in enclosed pastures. The two bison pastures can be viewed best from the Darby Creek Greenway trail. The five-mile trail has an easy difficulty level and intersects the bison pastures through prairies and woods.

Planning your trip to the Galloway park? Here’s more need-to-know info to make the most of your visit:

  • Park at 1775 Darby Creek Dr.
  • The park is currently open daily from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • View the park map to find spots for fishing, picnicking, dog-friendly trails, wetlands, and areas with canoe access.
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