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BDC Backpacking

Please read through the information below and then select the date and campsite that you would like to reserve. Reservations can not be made for more than 3 days. You must reserve a different campsite for each night you intend to stay. Once you are registered a trail map will be emailed t0 you.

In the event of inclement or predicted inclement weather, Metro Parks' staff reserves the right to close the backpacking trail and cancel any reservations.


  1. Campfires are only permitted in designated fire pits found at the campsites. No Cutting of firewood will be permitted.

  2. Group must adhere to approved itineraries related to assigned campsite and approved dates

  3. All "Leave No Trace" procedures must be followed. Backcountry restroom facilities will be provided at backpackers' request. Restrooms will be available at trail heads, please see map for exact locations.  All waste must be carried out. See lnt.org for more information

  4. Tents may only be set up at designated campsites 

  5. Metro Parks Noise rule applies

  6. Alcohol is prohibited

  7. Pets must be leashed at all times, except while at the campsite. 

  8. All group members must be registered 

  9. Must stay at your designated campsite

  10.  One member of your group is required to carry a cell phone for emergency purposes, exceptions may be made by contacting the park manager (614-370-6254)

  11.  Overnight parking for backpacking is only permitted at the Little Darby Picnic Area parking lot, 3711 Gardner Rd. Vehicles parked in other lots are subject to towing per park policy.

With exception of the following rules and regulations, all other Metro Parks Rules and regulations shall remain in force.

Rule 7.0  Camps and Camping

Rule 8.0  Fires

Rule 9.1  Hours of Operation

Rule 11.1  Pets Permitted

Rule 18.7  Storage of Vehicles

A complete list of Metro Parks' Rules and Regulations can be found here: http://www.metroparks.net/about-us/rules-regulations/.

Upon Arrival:

Designated Parking Location:

Little Darby Picnic Area

3711 Gardner Rd.

Galloway, Oh 43119 

  1. Upon arrival please contact the on-duty Ranger at 614-370-6254 to check in and to obtain your permit. You must check in before 7pm on the first day of your reservation. Please allow enough time to hike into your designated campsite. Failure to check in with an on duty ranger will result in your reservation being cancelled.

  2. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the trail maps. 

  3. The backpacking trail and campsites will be marked with Yellow Carsonite posts and Yellow blazes along the trail.

Prior to leaving:

  1. Make sure the campfire is completely extinguished.

  2. All personal belongings, including trash, food scraps and any other waste must be removed from your site and packed out with you. Campsites must be vacated and cleaned up 11am.


If you experience an emergency situation call 911 first, then call an on duty Park Ranger at 614-370-6254. Park Rangers are on duty during normal park hours from 6am-10pm (6am-8pm October 1st - April 1st). After normal hours leave a message on the Park Ranger cell phone number listed above. Please make note of your location so you can advise first responders of your location.


Backpackers are permitted to bring dogs with them on the backpacking trail. Pets must be on a leash at all times. Dogs are permitted to be off leash while you are at your campsite, however they must remain under your control. Depending on the route you take to your campsite, you may be utilizing portions of trail that pets are not normally permitted to be on. Please be respectful of other trail users and make sure to clean up after your pet wherever you are. 

Potable Water:

Backpacking campsites are primitive and you will need to pack in your own water. Potable water is available at the Cedar Ridge Picnic Area at both restrooms and at the fountain near the Locust Shelter. Potable water can also be found in the Indian Ridge Picnic Area via a hand pump operated fountain located near the second parking lot. You may also filter/treat natural water sources if you are experienced and familiar with the process.

By making a reservation you are acknowledging to have read and understand the above policies for the backpacking trail at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. I acknowledge that these policies are in addition to Metro Parks' Rules and Regulations, which I am also responsible for upholding. If any policy or rule is violated by myself or a member of my group, I understand that the group will be subject to removal from the Metro Park.

Created by:   Battelle Darby Creek
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