“A sampler run taking in the woodland, managed prairie, and restored wetlands.
— Ranger Danger
Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This loop takes you from the sweeping valley overlook to the open fields of the managed prairie to the restored wetlands along the margins of the Little Miami. Enjoy just over three miles of easy going running.
Open from 7 a.m. until dark.
Need to Know
Near the end of the Wetland Trail
it becomes flooded after any significant rain; you can either double back or plan on getting your feet wet (it's much deeper than it appears)!
Caution is needed on these trails as they are criss-crossed by moles, and one can twist an ankle easily.
From the parking lot, look for the only significant hill on the property and head that way. You'll begin to climb from the valley floor to the hills quickly (take breaks to read the interpretive signs if you must). While not an old forest, this one is dense and the feeling of removal from the rest of the world is noticeable. While there are numerous connecting trails, just stay right to get the best of the visit, including a stunning overlook where you can see all the way to the Little Miami if the light hits the water's surface just right.
After looping back to the parking lot, skirt left towards the ball diamonds and the welcome sign. From here, follow along to the Prairie Trail
(stay left on the trails until you reach the back tree line). This section passes so many birds and small prairie creatures such as rabbits and field mice. You'll then see the Wetland Trail
going right and straight; stay straight to get a real sense of the restored wetland including more signs describing the differences in Ohio wetlands and the specific features of this one. Return back to the parking lot, or rest your feet at one of the picnic shelters.
Flora & Fauna
Everything from the downy woodpecker and deer in the woods to songbirds and rabbits in the prairie and wetlands.
History & Background
This was the Hisey Family Farm for generations and was only returned to a natural state in 2003.