Scioto Grove Metro Park

Scioto Grove Backpacking Site Reservation

Welcome to the Scioto Grove Metro Park Backpacking Site Reservation Sign-up! 

Please read through the information below and then select the date and campsite that you would like to reserve. Backpacking at Scioto Grove runs from April thru October, Friday and/or Saturday nights only. Holiday weekends will include the Sunday for reservations. 


  • This is not a regular camping location, you must backpack in to your site. Driving up to the sites to unload is prohibited. 
  • You must check-in with the Park Ranger prior to heading to your backpacking site. Contact the Ranger cell upon arrival and the Park Ranger will meet you at the North Canoe Access. 
  • Please call the park if you are going to cancel your reservation so we can open the sites up to others. 

Rules and Regulations:

• Overnight parking for backpacking is only permitted at the North Canoe Access parking lot. Vehicles parked in other lots are subject to towing per park policy.

• Backpacking equipment/tent set-up is restricted to the two tent pads provided within the site area. Tent pads will fit a maximum of two tents, 10’x10’. Hammocks can be hung on the designated hammock posts. 

• Firewood is provided by park staff. Campfires are only permitted in designated fire pits found at the campsites. No cutting of firewood is permitted.

• Alcohol is prohibited within the park, including backpacking sites. 

• Pets must be leashed at all times, except while at the backpacking site. Please be respectful of other trail users and make sure to clean up after your pet.

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

• Potable water is available at the Arrowhead picnic area restroom drinking fountains only. 


Upon Arrival:

• Check-in is between 4pm and 6pm on the day of your reservation, at the North Canoe Access parking lot. Upon arrival, please contact the on-duty Park Ranger at 614-949-1078 to check-in and to obtain your permit. You must meet with the Park Ranger before heading to your backpacking site. 

• Please allow enough time to hike into your designated campsite. Failure to check in with the Park Ranger will result in your reservation being cancelled.

Prior to leaving:

• Make sure the campfire is completely extinguished.

• Please Carry-in/Carry-out all personal belongings, including trash, food scraps and any other waste. Backpacking sites must be cleaned and vacated by 11am.


• If you experience an emergency situation call 911 first, then call an on-duty Park Ranger at 614-949-1078. Park Rangers are on duty during normal park hours from 630am-10pm (630am-8pm, October 1st - April 1st). After normal hours leave a message on the Park Ranger cell phone number listed above. One member of your group is required to carry a cell phone for emergency purposes, exceptions may be made upon contacting the park manager

By making a reservation you are acknowledging to have read and understand the above policies for the backpacking trail at Scioto Grove 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.

A complete list of Metro Parks' Rules and Regulations can be found here:

Location: North Canoe Access
4994 Jackson Pike, Grove City, ohio 43123

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