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Bent Tree Ridge Trail by way of Tree Swallow Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This trail is a relaxing, meandering crushed gravel trail through a deciduous forest with a creek and wetlands.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

95%

Runnable

915' 279 m

High

877' 267 m

Low

66' 20 m

Up

67' 20 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Overview

This is a short but relaxing trail through a deciduous forest. Highlights include a fun creek crossing (careful not to get your shoes wet!) and a wetlands/pond with abundant wildlife (ducks, frogs, birds, etc.)— especially in the summer. There is a short spur by the wetlands that leads to a nicely constructed wildlife observation blind.

Need to Know

No pets are allowed on this trail, but some trails to the north of the nature center allow pets. Restrooms are available at the back of the nature center if it is closed.

Description

There is a very nice nature center and butterfly garden along with an abundance of educational exhibits at the trailhead for children and families. The trail then enters a deciduous forest and travels across relatively flat terrain along Tree Swallow Trail. The junction of Bent Tree Trail is noted by a fairly steep set of set of wooden steps down to a fast flowing creek. The creek is traversed by stepping stones but can be impassible during high water events. Once south of the creek, the trail ascends another set of wooden steps then continues along a ridge with a nice view of the creek below.

At the southwest corner of the loop, there is a wetlands with a short dirt trail spur (readily marked) to a wooden blind that provides a nice area for wildlife and bird observation. The main trail continues down to the creek with a large bridge crossing. The final brief ascent returns to Tree Swallow Trail and returns to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of oak, a few elm and other native deciduous trees were visible on our run. It also appears to be an area rich for birding given the variety of nearby eco systems (forest, prairie, wetlands)

Shared By:

Phil Birnie

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Wildlife blind and pond at Deer Haven off of Bent Tree Ridge Trail
Dec 28, 2020 near Delaware, OH

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