Stages Pond State Nature Preserve

Columbus, Ohio

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Stages Pond turns the argument on its head that Ohio’s ?atlands o?er little for the nature enthusiast. A walk here divulges another side of central Ohio and presents opportunities for birders and other wildlife enthusiasts. First you will visit a smaller pond with a wildlife blind, then walk through former ?elds, now a transitional mix of ecotones, before reaching Stages Pond, created from glacial ice melt. Cruise past wetlands that change with the seasons before making a loop in tall woods that form a shady harbor among the meadows and croplands.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Stages Pond turns the argument on its head that Ohio’s ?atlands o?er little for the nature enthusiast. A walk here divulges another side of central Ohio and presents opportunities for birders and other wildlife enthusiasts.

First you will visit a smaller pond with a wildlife blind, then walk through former ?elds, now a transitional mix of ecotones, before reaching Stages Pond, created from glacial ice melt. Cruise past wetlands that change with the seasons before making a loop in tall woods that form a shady harbor among the meadows and croplands.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Columbus
Distance: 3.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Rd., Building C-3, Columbus, OH 43229; (614) 265-6561; www.dnr.state.oh.us, www.stagespondstatenaturepreserve.info
Local Maps: Stages Pond State Nature Preserve; USGS Ashville
Driving Directions: Directions to Stages Pond State Nature Preserve

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