Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks’
Pickerington Ponds

Credit: Brian Potts


4071 Bowen Road
Canal Winchester, OH 43110

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Site Overview

Of Pickerington Ponds’ 1,600 acres, more than a quarter are dedicated as a state nature preserve. The ponds and wetlands attract migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and land birds. In fact, with more than 260 species of birds, Pickerington Ponds, a Franklin County Metro Park, has been named by Audubon Ohio as one of the state’s “important birding areas.” In 1974 The Nature Conservancy acquired the site’s first 400 acres to establish the nature preserve, eventually transferring it to the Metro Park system. 

Why It Matters

An interior wetland complex, Pickerington Ponds is a haven for a variety of birds, such as osprey and great blue heron, which use Ellis Pond as a rookery.  In fact, the pond has housed as many as 50 great blue heron nests during the breeding season!  In addition to birds, species like white-tailed deer, beaver and red fox also call this Metro Park home.  This bountiful wildlife has made the park a popular destination for outdoor recreation lovers, especially those who enjoy birding.  Coupled with four miles of walking trails, as well as a one-mile section of the Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail, Pickerington Ponds greatly improves the quality of life for area residents. 

Natural Treasures Landmark

Join hundreds of others who have chronicled their adventures! Take a picture of yourself at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area / Arrowhead at Pickerington Ponds and upload it to our site.

Fun Things to Do and See

While on the hunt for the landmark, enjoy the abundant adventures this Ohio treasure has to offer. The thrill of nature can be experienced at any level!

Patio Dweller

  • At the Bowen Road entrance, be sure to enjoy the colorful nature mural that was designed by Pickerington Elementary School students.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at Glacier Knoll Picnic Area or Wood Duck Picnic Area. After cleaning up, be sure to visit the observation deck and use the spotting scope to check out the vegetation and animals living in the nearby Mallard Marsh and Blue Wing Pond.

Backyard Camper

  • Capture some beautiful pictures of Pintail Marsh by hiking the 1.1-mile Killdeer Trail.
  • Get out your rollerblades and head to Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail for a one-mile adventure through fields and woodlands. Be sure to slow down to observe the flowers and plants along the way.

Frontier Explorer

  • Extend the Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail excursion by taking the path north to Portman Park or traveling on it west and south along Blacklick Creek to Three Creeks Metro Park.
  • Visit all four observation decks while at Pickerington Ponds, and let us know your favorite viewing area and the wildlife you saw! Don’t forget your camera when visiting the observation decks at Bowen Road and Wright Road, overlooking Ellis Pond, as you may capture great photographs of the great blue heron rookeries.

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