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Kayaking haven opens a new cafe right on Big Darby Creek

Kayaking haven opens a new cafe right on Big Darby Creek

Sav McKee

A few miles outside of Columbus proper, tucked away in the trees, right off of the National Scenic Big Darby Creek, there’s a spot that offers a tranquil day of kayaking, nature watching, and now, coffee & pastries. 

Trapper John’s Canoe & Livery, a 50 year old kayaking establishment in Grove City, recently opened Creekside Cafe, a coffee shop on their premises that serves locally roasted and freshly ground coffee, plus signature lattes, cappuccinos, and freshly baked goods, like cheese danishes, blueberry muffins, and carrot cupcakes. 

Their coffee shop addition is located inside of the quaint, wooded cabin that also doubles as the welcome center. It’s hard to miss. You can grab a latte and enjoy the views of the creek, or take a hot cup of coffee out with you on your kayak to enjoy the fresh morning air. 


Jason Kaufman, owner and operator of Trapper John’s, takes pride in offering safe adventures to Central Ohio, especially right on the Big Darby. “This pristine environment is one of the Western Hemisphere’s last great places with its superior health and bio-diverse ecosystem,” boasts their website.

At this kayaking establishment, shuttle services, life jackets, kayaks, canoes, and paddles are all included in their daily fees. They offer a variety of scenic trips appropriate for most ages.

The Creekside Cafe is open Monday-Friday, 6:30am to 4pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30am to 4pm. You can grab a cup of joe without renting a kayak, but if a day out on the creek is something you’re interested in, check out Trapper John’s website. They’re located at 7141 London-Groveport Rd, Grove City, OH 43123.

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