Welcome to Gahanna
A community-driven town known for lush greenery and scenic trails
Just eight miles away from downtown Columbus, Gahanna is a thriving suburban town. Gahanna’s community is very tight-knit, hosting a variety of neighborhood gatherings and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The name Gahanna is derived from the Native American word for “three creeks joining into one,” a testament to Gahanna’s location next to incredible creeks like the Big Walnut Creek.
There are all kinds of homes available in Gahanna, ranging from large estates, single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums. Given Gahanna’s history dating back to 1849, many of the homes in this town have more traditional designs. They are inspired by the Colonial symmetry of windows and doors, as well as Tudor pitched roofs and decorative brickwork. Yet, Gahanna has modernized in the past couple of decades as well, so there are plenty of Contemporary-styled homes. Overall, you are bound to find the perfect home for you when exploring all that Gahanna has to offer.
What to Love
- The quaint Olde Gahanna downtown
- Convenient location to inner city Gahanna
- Top-quality Gahanna-Jefferson public schools
- Thriving arts scene showcased by the Gahanna Arts Festival
Gahanna’s locals enjoy the community-oriented lifestyle that their town fosters. Festivals and community events include the Gahanna Herb Festival, Holiday Lights Parade, and Creeksides Blues & Jazz Festival. These sorts of activities bring residents together and support a neighborly environment.
With 750+ acres of parkland, 17.1 miles of trails, and 52 parks, it is fair to say that Gahanna is a town that prioritizes outdoor recreation and spending time with nature. Locals love to spend their mornings on a daily walk and take their children to nearby playgrounds. Nonetheless, there are also plenty of opportunities for city engagement since Columbus’s downtown is so close by.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Residents of Gahanna have the luxury of dining at incredibly upscale eateries. The Barn
features a rustic interior befitting its rural name. More than a provincial eatery, The Barn flies in fresh seafood daily to supplement its charred steaks, pork, and chicken entrees. Even the desserts are baked fresh. The Barn’s weekday happy hours are a favorite among Columbus businesspeople; you can also find periodic events like wine tastings and brunch buffets here.
Another fantastic option for an upscale seafood restaurant is Mitchell’s Ocean Club
, with over 50 wine options. It is a fabulous spot to grab drinks with coworkers or go on a romantic date while enjoying live piano music.
There are also several high-end chain eateries that locals of Gahanna enjoy visiting. Situated between Mill Street and Big Walnut Creek, Barrel & Boar
is the town’s premier barbecue joint. Its Creekside location boasts one of the city’s most beautiful patios. The restaurant’s metier is smoked meats and Southern cuisine. In addition, J. Alexander’s Restaurant
serves steak, burgers, and seafood in a refined manner. Its high-quality wood-fired cuisine will satisfy the hungriest of cravings. Thus, Gahanna has plenty of options for fine dining nearby.
Things to Do
Golfers love having the option to play a game at the nearby Gahanna Municipal Golf Course
. This scenic course welcomes players of all different skill levels. The clubhouse has dining and banquet areas, and an active senior league is associated with the course. Another great option for a weekend night out is stopping by the Columbus Funny Bone
. The comedy club shows off local and national comedic talents and also serves classic American cuisine.
As aforementioned, Gahanna residents pride themselves on their various park options. Located along Big Walnut Creek, Friendship Park
offers all kinds of park amenities. It hosts a section of the Big Walnut Trail and ample space for picnics, sports fields, and spots for fishing and paddleboarding at the creek. Also, the Geroux Herb Garden has over 99 acres of nature trails scattered throughout open meadows with beautiful wildflowers and woodland pools.