I visited this park immediately after Blacklick woods since they are in the same area. They were about a 15 minute drive apart.
The park has several areas that are just for viewing different wildlife and birds. There were provided telescopes but my phone camera can’t zoom in enough to get a good picture. The telescopes are great for watching the birds through.
This is a picture of a mural made by some elementary kids for the park near one of the wild life viewing areas.
My best attempt at getting a picture of some birds through the telescope.
Osprey viewing area.
I visited this park on my own and was happy to find it is probably my second favorite metro park now. The trail I walked on was gravel and some dirt and super shady the whole time. The trail it’s self was comparable to high banks without the hills. I did a small 2-3 mile loop but the rest of the park trails are mostly paved multipurpose paths. There was plenty of area for picnicking as well.
Walk to the nature center
Beginning of the wetlands nature preserve
Boardwalk in the nature preserve
Ashton pond, had some large goldfish in it that someone was feeding when I walked in
Boardwalk in the nature preserve again.
This morning I picked up Diana at 8:30 and we drove about 30 minutes to walnut woods metro park despite my many wrong turns. We parked at the buckeye area and started our day on the buckeye trail. Diana has never hiked before but she walks really far all the time so I was excited to take her to this park. 90% of the trail at this park was paved so it’s not what I was hoping for but it was still nice to spend time out in nature. We walked the perimeter of the park and 90% of all the trails.
View of Walnut Creek from the buckeye trail.
Bridge on the monarch trail over “Big Run”
“Big Run”… not very big
The tall pines area along the sweet gum trail was what I was looking forward to the most about this park. All of the trees are planted in a line and it looks like something from a fairy trail.
Some interesting and pretty trees leaning to make an arch.
These might be sweet gum trees?
We finished the day on the kestrel trail
A small pond along the kestrel trail.
Jeff and I stopped and spent about two hours here on the way to Columbus, it was way bigger than I was expecting. We did the auto tour and stopped and all the points of interest and walked around.
This garden can be viewed from the nature center
Jeff on Holly Hill
Observation tower, the hedges spell out ” Dawes Arboretum” unfortunately drones are not allowed here.
Last but not least, a butterfly we saw at the Japanese gardens.
Visited this metro park for an afternoon hike with Ashley. The lakes were really pretty, wish we had a kayak or paddle board to enjoy them more. The water levels in Big Darby creek were high but it looks like a nice river to kayak down as well.
Big Darby Creek
Bridge over the creek
Cone Flower Trail
Where Darby bend lake flows into Big Darby Creek
WordPress site with lots of backpacking info
Loyalsock- Link-Loop Trail