Ohio’s capital is a bustling metropolis with a commitment to preserving excellent green space for its two- and four-legged residents and visitors. The Metro Parks comprise 19 metropolitan parks in and around the city, protecting 27,000 acres of land and water. Expect to find trails, nature centers, and areas for picnics and boating extending all the way to the Hocking Hills area. At the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, on the west side of Columbus, you might even see some surprising wildlife. A herd of seven bison roams the park in one of the area’s large meadow. Slate Run Metro Park offers a variety of trails through wetlands, meadows, and grasslands while the trails of Highbanks Metro Park leads visitors through its lush forest. Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Mohican State Park require a farther drive out of Columbus, but the scenery makes the trip well worth it. Retire to a pet-friendly riverside cabin or lake house to make the most of your visit to Central Ohio.