Lakes and Plains of Prairie Oaks Metro Park

West Jefferson, Ohio

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This hike covers many diverse sites and scenery at big Prairie Oaks Metro Park. First it travels past several lakes that are part of an old reclaimed surface-mine pit where sand was once extracted. The hike straddles an elevated berm with Big Darby Creek on one side and the Darby Bend Lakes on the other—talk about a watery walk!— then explores woods along lower Big Darby Creek. Visit creekside lowlands before climbing to the Sycamore Plains, a restored upland prairie displaying yet another ecosystem. Head back north toward the Darby Bend Lakes for more still-water scenery before reaching the trailhead.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This hike covers many diverse sites and scenery at big Prairie Oaks Metro Park. First it travels past several lakes that are part of an old reclaimed surface-mine pit where sand was once extracted.

The hike straddles an elevated berm with Big Darby Creek on one side and the Darby Bend Lakes on the other—talk about a watery walk!— then explores woods along lower Big Darby Creek. Visit creekside lowlands before climbing to the Sycamore Plains, a restored upland prairie displaying yet another ecosystem. Head back north toward the Darby Bend Lakes for more still-water scenery before reaching the trailhead.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Jefferson
Distance: 5.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5- 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round; spring and fall for wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Metro Parks, 1069 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081; (614) 891-0700; www.metroparks.net
Local Maps: Prairie Oaks Metro Park; USGS West Jefferson, Galloway, Plain City
Driving Directions: Directions to Lakes and Plains of Prairie Oaks Metro Park

Recent Trail Reviews

3/24/2018
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Very nice walking/running trails. It''s pretty much gravel paths where we were but they do have wooded grass paths also. Animal friendly



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