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Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve

The 900-acre Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve encompasses a mixture of wetlands and streamside forests.  Here, humble coldwater springs emerge, forming the nourishing capillaries that are the lifeblood of Big Darby Creek, one of the most biologically diverse streams of its size in the Midwest.  Flora and fauna surveys have found such species as central mottled sculpin, southern redbelly dace, marsh marigold, skunk cabbage and trillium.  Hike the 2.25-mile trail (.25-mile wheelchair accessible trail from parking lot rated easy, 2-mile primitive trail extension to second observation deck rated moderate).  Other activities include wildlife watching and volunteer opportunities (contact  The preserve is open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve
County Road 152

East Liberty, Ohio 43319

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Local Number: (614) 717-2770

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Sunday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Special Hours: The preserve is open dawn to dusk







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