Fairfield County Ohio Visitors and Convention Bureau
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park, Carroll, Ohio

Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

7680 Wright Road, Canal Winchester, OH 43110 ( map)

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(614) 891-0700

Heron at Pickerington PondsDesignated as one of Ohio's Important Birding Areas by Audubon Ohio, Pickerington Ponds is a premier spot for observing more than 260 species of birds. The combination of seasonal ponds, and rich wetland vegetation with bordering woodlands serve as a magnet for migrating waterfowl, shore birds and land birds.

Waterfowl floating in the pond, vultures circling above, crickets chirping in the tall grasses make this preserved wetland area which borders on Franklin and Fairfield Counties so special.

Thousand of years ago glaciers gourd their way across Franklin County leaving imprints as they receded.The Wisconsin glacier left large chunks of ice which caused depressions to form.Pickerington Ponds is made up of these depressions and has survived attempts to drain this area.

Pickerington Ponds Hiking Trails

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Meadow Lark Trail, 0.8 miles; easy
Grass surface; hiking and jogging; meadow; Georges Creek; songbirds; pheasants; deer; beaver.

Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail, 3 miles; easy
Multi-use trail, hard surface; hiking, biking; flows through woods, fields, wetlands and riparian habitat. (Portions currently under development.)

Directions to Pickerington Ponds Metro Park (1,388 acres)

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Address: 7680 Wright Road, Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Location: Southeastern Franklin & Northwestern Fairfield counties
Directions: From 1-270 take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster about 3 miles. Take the Canal Winchester/State Route 674/Gender Road exit. Turn left onto Gender Road, go about 1 mile and turn right onto Wright Road. Go about 1 mile to Bowen Road and turn left. Glacier Knoll picnic and parking area is about 1/4 mile on left.7680 W

Hours of Operation

March - May 6:30 a.m. to dusk