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.
The bison also continue to reproduce, and there are currently new baby bison that have joined the herd. 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.