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Prairie Oaks Loop

Intermediate
 3.7 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun, easy 5-mile run though Prairie Oaks Metro Park with views of the river and some stream crossings.


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5.1

Miles

8.3

KM

100%

Runnable

908' 277 m

High

866' 264 m

Low

110' 34 m

Up

110' 34 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This run will take you from gravel to grass to dirt singletrack all in the same run. This is a perfect run to experience all of these different types of terrain. There are a few simple climbs, but overall, it is a pretty easy run. There is a good mix of running through canopy and through the open prairie.

Description

You start this run at the Prairie View picnic area and take the Darby Creek Greenway Trail towards the Coneflower Trail. You'll swing onto the Coneflower Trail where there will be a majority grass trail. This part of the run can be muddy and wet after a rain, with some of the trail flooded.

This trail crosses the Bridle Trail several times, but it is clearly marked so you'll have no trouble staying on the right trail. Towards the end, you'll come to a point where you take the Bridle Trail out of this loop back to the Greenway Trail where you'll cross a bridge and immediately find the Alder Trail to the right. Take this connector to the Sycamore Plains Trail and take the first right.

At this loop, you'll find singletrack and a few stream crossings. You'll come to a point where the trail splits. Head right to follow the sign to parking. This will take you up a short hill to some open prairie running. Follow this trail, keeping left until you come to the parking lot. Here, you'll stay left and continue to complete the loop taking you back to the Alder Trail where you'll retrace the beginning of your run to take you back to Prairie View.

Flora & Fauna

Turtles, snakes, whitetail deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Kiger

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  3.7 from 6 votes

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Photos

Overlook from the bridge
Oct 7, 2017 near Lake Darby, OH
Beautiful bridge over Darby
Oct 7, 2017 near Lake Darby, OH
Fun on Darby with the kids!
Oct 7, 2017 near Lake Darby, OH

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Nov 10, 2019
Kyle Reinard
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