The Best Parks Near Powell

As we reach the apex of the summer, there’s no better time to go to a park! Ohio has some of the most beautiful parks in the country, full of picturesque hiking trails, beautiful trees, and towering bluffs. And fortunately, Dublin has particularly nice ones. So grab a picnic basket, a few friends, and check out some of our favorite parks below!

Glick Park & Overlook- Few parks in the country are as beautiful as Glick. Best known for its absolutely jaw-dropping overlook of O’Shaunessy Dam and the river valley below, it’s worth the trip just for the view alone. But there’s much more to this park than the view. Featuring recently upgraded parking, benches, walkways and railings, the park is impeccably maintained, and absolutely stunning. With spots for fishing, picnics, and hikes, Glick is a must-see.

Scioto Park- Scioto is the ideal little park to spend an afternoon. Made popular by the statue honoring Chief Leatherlips, there are a variety of sights to see at Scioto. Skip some stones down at the river, take a hike through rolling meadows, relax and read a book in the gazebos, or bring your kids to the playground. Scioto’s mix of woods, fields, and water means that there’s a little something for everyone. So bring a book, frisbee, blanket, and picnic and enjoy your summer.

Ballantrae Community Park- Looking for something a little different this summer? Look no further than Ballantrae Community Park! Colloquially known as “Bunny Park” by locals, it has one element that sets it apart from the rest– Behind several oversized statues of hares, there are dozens of spray fountains set into the ground, which constantly alternate sprays. It’s a very cool site and is the perfect place for your kids to run around and play. It’s a particularly warm summer this year, so cool down at Ballantrae!

Indian Run Falls- Indian Run Falls is an ode to nature. Just outside of Columbus, you step out of your car and are instantly transported to fern gully. This park surrounds a rolling river and is the perfect place to take your shoes off and dip your feet in the water. The fairly thick woods make you feel far removed from civilization and the hiking trails highlight that which makes the park special. So get away from it all for a few hours, and dive into the beautiful Ohio wilderness.

Library Park- Library park is the quintessential park. It’s located right by the railroad tracks in and just across the street from its namesake, the Powell Library. Featuring a large grassy area, public gazebos, a playground, and picnic tables, it’s just what you need in a park. But that’s not all! Don’t forget your tennis shoes and racket, as there are several tennis courts just waiting to be played on. It’s the perfect park to bring the kids, some snacks, and spend a lazy summer afternoon.