Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

West Jefferson, Ohio 43162

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Professional Guide

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"Battelle Darby Creek is the largest park in the Metro Park system. The Big Darby and Little Darby Creeks, both designated State and National Scenic Rivers, run through its center. The Ancient Trail travels along the Big Darby where American Indians once maintained a village. The Terrace Trail explores a forest standing 100 feet above the fertile creek bottom. The blend of prairies, woodlands, and waterways creates an oasis for wildlife—and wildlife observers. The 7,060-acre park offers lots to see and do, and a hike is a great way to get started."

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"The Dyer Mill Trail is part of Battelle Darby Metro Park, the largest in the system. Dubbed one of the “last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere” by The Nature Conservancy, the park boasts oak-hickory forests, open meadows, a diverse ecosystem, and stunning views over Little and Big Darby Creeks. Frequent educational programs, festivities, group activities, winter hikes, and night hikes are scheduled year-round through the nature center. Leave the city behind and get lost in nature on this 2.5-mile hike. Follow along Little Darby Creek and loop into tall grass meadows and secluded woodlands. Hikers will get a taste of scenic river views, wildlife spotting, and open, tranquil fields." Read more
"This hike explores Metro Parks’ largest park, Battelle Darby. First, saddle along the banks of Big Darby Creek, then pass under a historic railroad to begin a loop on the Terrace Trail. Walk in lush forests exuding a backwoods atmosphere. Just before returning to Big Darby Creek, you will join the Ancient Trail. This second loop cruises bottomlands along the stream, then climbs to a field where you can see the Fort Ancient Mound, a visible part of an aboriginal Ohioan village that once thrived there. Return back through the valley of Big Darby Creek." Read more
"The largest park in the system, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park features 6,786 acres of rolling fields, forests, and open prairies with 11 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult. Hikers can choose from a selection of secluded walks, popular footpaths, guided hikes, and dog-friendly multipurpose trails. Hike your way from flat, easy terrain to sloping forest woodlands and get a taste for what the region’s largest metro park has to offer. The park is also popular for its ongoing efforts to preserve local rivers and wildlife." Read more

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West Jefferson
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3 hours
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Dec 2018