Parks & Trails
The following are parks and trails in the Big Walnut area:
· Alum Creek State Park, 3615 S. Old State Rd., Delaware, OH 43015, 740-548-4631, 866-644-6727 (camping reservations), www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/711/default.aspx
o The state park covers 4,630 acres with a 3,387-acre lake featuring a 3,000 foot beach, the largest inland beach in Ohio. You can enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, camping, horseman camping, sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, ice fishing, ice boating, hiking, hunting,
· Big Walnut Community Trail, 168 S. Vernon St., Sunbury, Ohio 43074, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, 2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, 740-524-8600, www.preservationparks.com
o The 2/3-mile former rail bed has been converted into a gravel walking trail which extends between the Trailhouse and Big Walnut Elementary School. The Trailhouse offers a meeting room for rent and a picnic area.
· Char-Mar Ridge Preserve, 7741 Lewis Center Rd., Westerville, OH 43082, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, 2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, 740-524-8600, www.preservationparks.com
o Char-Mar Ridge Preserve, located in Genoa Township, offers 128 acres of mixed habitat, including woods, stream corridors, pond and small meadow, with the majority being forested. A trail and picnic area are available. The Glacier Ridge Trail is a 1 2/3 mile unimproved surface trail that winds through a mature woods and along ridges formed by the Wisconsinan Glacier thousands of years ago. The trail crosses forested ravines and passes by wooded wetlands as it traverses the park.
· Delaware County Friends of the Trail, PO Box 2302, Westerville, OH 43086, 740-965-2646, www.dcft.org, e-mail: Delawarefriendsofthetrail@yahoogroups.com.
· Eastern Delaware County Joint Recreation District, PO Box 23, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, www.edcjrdforall.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
o The Eastern Delaware County Joint Recreation District works to provide a variety of enriching recreational and leisure activities, facilities, and services that meet the needs of all district residents.
· Freedom Park, St. Rt. 61, Sunbury, OH 43074, 740-965-2684.
o Freedom Park features a shelter house with picnic tables that seats 45-65 people and inlcudes electric and a small stage.
o The Kinslow Memorial Park is a frisbee golf course.
· Galena Trails, Galena, OH 43021, 740-965-2484, FAX 740-965-5424, www.galenaohio.org, e-mail: email@example.com.
o The Village of Galena offers a variety of trails. Future plans include linking with the Genoa Trail on Plumb Road and heading north as an integral link in the Ohio to Erie Trail.
o The Hoover Scenic Walkway originates on Walnut Street across from Miller Park beside the Galena Cemetery. The trail follows the old Penn Central Railroad bed has been converted into a ½-mile trail that traverses an old railroad bridge over the Little Walnut Creek and ends at Dustin Rd. The trail features scenic views and an overlook deck offering a peaceful picnic location and is a great place to spot the Prothonotary Warblers. Hoover Scenic Walkway facilities are available free on a first come, first served basis.
o Across Walnut Street from the Hoover Scenic Walkway is a .4-mile paved walking trail in Miller Park.
o North of Miller Park, off of Holmes Street is a new trail, the Galena Brickyard Trail. This trail is currently a grass/gravel walking trail that will eventually link to the Heathermere Subdivision and will progress north through the Fuller/Davis property to link up with Preservation Park’s Big Walnut Community Trail in Sunbury.
o The Walnut Creek Subdivision off of Joe Walker Rd. features a paved trail. This trail eventually will hook up to the proposed Kane’s Crossing Trail across an abandoned narrow gauge railroad bed and bridge across the Big Walnut Creek. The trail will also link to trails heading north along the Ohio to Erie Trail.
· Genoa Trail, Genoa Township, 5111 South Old 3C Hwy., Westerville, OH 43082, 614-895-1126, Fax 614-895-1255, www.genoatwp.com/
o The Genoa Trail is a multi-purpose paved trail on the abandoned Pennsylvania Railroad bed. It starts at Maxtown Road in Westerville and runs along St. Rt. 3. north to Plumb Road, the entire length of the Township.
· Harlem Township Community Park, 3883 S. St. Rt. 605, Galena, OH 43021. The park features a paved walking trail.
· Hogback Ridge Preserve, 2656 Hogback Rd., Sunbury OH 43074, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, 2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, 740-524-8600, www.preservationparks.com
o Hogback Ridge Preserve features the District offices of Preservation Parks of Delaware County as well as the Mary Barber McCoy Nature Center. The 37-acre park includes two ponds, a meadow, woodlands, and a stream corridor. You can enjoy a wildlife viewing area inside the Nature Center. There are meeting/conference rooms for rent and restrooms, drinking water, and picnic areas. The ½ mile mulched loop Woodland Ridge Trail follows the ravine ridge through an upland woodlot.
· Hoover Baldridge Boat Ramp, located on Sunbury Road just north of Big Walnut Rd., this area includes parking and a concrete boat ramp.
· Hoover Boardwalk, Area M, Front St., Galena, OH 43021. The 1,500-foot Hoover Boardwalk originates in Galena on Front Street and travels out over the water. It is an ideal location for bird watching since it sits in the seasonal mudflats area that is an important stop off on the North American Flyway migration route. Bring your binoculars and enjoy the view of the Osprey nesting site, too. Future plans, pending funding, include extending the Boardwalk back to land and making a loop. The boardwalk is owned and managed by Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, 7701 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43081, 614-645-3300, www.columbusrecparks.com/Parks.
· Hoover Meadows, 3715 Sunbury Rd., Galena, OH 43021. This 74.77-acre nature preserve is a bird sanctuary and a wetlands mitigation area featuring a walking trail around interconnected wetlands which is an ideal location for nature watching, especially for waterfowl. The preserve is owned and managed by Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, 7701 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43081, 614-645-3300, www.columbusrecparks.com/Parks.
· Hoover Nature Preserve, 3172 Sunbury Rd., Galena, OH 43021. This 4.82-acre nature preserve features woods and the wildlife areas with access to Hoover Reservoir. The preserve is owned and managed by Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, 7701 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43081, 614-645-3300, www.columbusrecparks.com/Parks.
· Hoover Reservoir, 7701 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43081, Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, 614-645-3300, www.columbusrecparks.com/Parks
o The north end of the 4,706-acre reservoir is in Galena at the confluence of Big Walnut and Little Walnut creeks. The lake offers fishing and boating and features several parks and nature preserves. The lake and its mudflats are an important bird migratory stopover and are popular bird watching spots. The lake is home to a very successful Prothonitary Warbler reintroduction program and is now home to the largest breeding population of these beautiful birds in Ohio.
· J.R. Smith Park, Cherry & Morning streets, Sunbury, OH 43074, 740-965-2684.
o The park features a football field, a skateboard park, and playgrounds including a Tot Park.
· McNamara Park, Big Walnut and St. Rt. 3, Genoa Township, 5111 South Old 3C Hwy., Westerville, OH 43082, 614-895-1126, Fax 614-895-1255, www.genoatwp.com/
o McNamara Park features a beautiful pavilion with restrooms, a playground, soccer fields, and a walking trail. It is located at the corner of St. Rt. 3 and Big Walnut Road, behind (north of) the Genoa Police, Fire and Service Complex with the entrance off of Big Walnut Road. This is also a great place to park and walk or bike the Genoa Trail.
· Miller Park, 268 N. Walnut St., Galena, OH 43021, 740-965-2484, FAX 740-965-5424, www.galenaohio.org, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
o Miller Park features a playground, basketball court, volleyball court, a .4 mile paved walking trail, and a picnic gazebo. Miller Park facilities are available free on a first come, first served basis.
· Mud Hen Marsh Nature Preserve, 8742 Big Walnut Road, Westerville, OH 43082.
o This 26.6 acre nature preserve features a man-made canal that traverses the Medallion subdivision and golf course and flows into a series of ponds which eventually flow into Hoover Reservoir. The area features a viewing blind where you can watch an abundance of birds, waterfowl, deer, and even beavers with an active den. The preserve is owned and managed by Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, 7701 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43081, 614-645-3300, www.columbusrecparks.com/Parks.
· Ohio to Erie Trail Fund, 614-267-2915, www.ohiotoerietrail.org, e-mail:
· Ohio Fallen Heroes Park, St. Rt. 37 E., P. O. Box 92, Sunbury Ohio, 43074, www.ohiofallenheroes.org, e-mail: email@example.com.
o The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Park features white marble markets memorializing Ohioans who were killed in action in the war on terrorism. A large Ohio shaped monument and a chapel are prominent features of the park as well. A picnic area and gazebo on Evening Street are available on a first come, first served basis.
· Porter Township Community Park, St. Rt. 656, (Olive Green), Sunbury, OH, 43074, 740-524-6802
o This park features a shelter house with four picnic tables. The grounds include a playground, benches, and three barbecue grills.
· Preservation Parks of Delaware County, 2656 Hogback Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074, 740-524-8600,fax: 740-524-8200, www.preservationparks.com
· Red Bank Marina, 6991 Sunbury Rd., Galena, OH 43021, This park features a boat launch, docks, picnic area, and an open, non-reservable shelter house. The area is owned and managed by Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, 7701 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43081, 614-645-3300, www.columbusrecparks.com/Parks.
· Ruffner Park, 170 Harrison St., Galena, OH 43021, 740-965-2484, FAX 740-965-5424, www.galenaohio.org, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
o Ruffner Park features a shelter house, playground, volleyball court, and softball diamond, all situated on the Big Walnut Creek.
o The Jeff Dutiel Field of Dreams in Ruffner Park cannot be reserved but can be used at no additional cost if it is not being used by a league. To see the league schedule, go to www.ruffnerpark.com.
· Sunbury Town Hall and Square, Sunbury, OH 43074, 740-965-2684.
o The historic Town Hall, 1 Town Hall Square, features three stories of meeting rooms. Call the Village Offices to make reservations. The Gazebo may be reserved for free by calling the Village Offices. The green space of the Town Square is the site of many special event throughout the year such as Sunbury’s popular Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day Flea Markets and the summer Farmer’s Markets.