Olentangy River Water Trail, Columbus

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#14 of 18 in Parks in Columbus
The Olentangy River is a 97mi tributary of the Scioto River in Ohio.HistoryIt was originally called keenhongsheconsepung, a Delaware word literally translated as "stone for your knife stream", based on the flint found along its shores. Early settlers to the region translated this into "Whetstone River". In 1833, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation intending to restore the original Native American names to some Ohio waterways, but mistakenly gave Whetstone River the name "Olentangy"—Delaware for "river of the red face paint"—which had actually belonged to what is now known as Big Darby Creek.GeographyThe Olentangy River rises in Crawford County approximately 2 mi (3.2 km) northeast of Galion, flowing through Galion and northwest towards Bucyrus, where it then turns south and flows through Eastern Marion County, Ohio (where it is still locally known as the Whetstone River) before flowing south into Delaware County. The river continues southward towards the communities of Delaware, Powell, Worthington, and the village of Riverlea, before reaching Columbus and the campus of the Ohio State University, before joining with the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Arrange your visit to Olentangy River Water Trail and discover more family-friendly attractions in Columbus using our Columbus trip itinerary planning app .
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  • Great trail to enjoy for a few minutes or a couple hours. Olentangy River views all along the way.... beautiful places to just sit and watch the birds and turtles! Nice opportunity to enjoy some sun.....  more »
  • Nice place to spend a few quiet minutes during a busy day. The observation deck is nice with information on many birds.  more »
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  • I like water
  • its a river my dude

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