Central Ohio’s Big Darby Creek State and National Scenic River is one of the most biologically diverse aquatic systems in the Midwest.
The Nature Conservancy’s 800-acre Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve protects the humble springs and streams that are the lifeblood of Big Darby Creek.
The preserve encompasses a mixture of wetlands, old farm fields and riparian forests that help sustain the Big Darby Creek watershed, named by the Ohio EPA as “…one of Ohio’s most valued natural resources.”
In spring of 2008, the Conservancy opened Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve to the public.
The preserve features a handicap-accessible trail and interpretive signage showcasing the importance of the headwaters. We invite you to explore the preserve’s beautiful wildlife!
Wetlands at the preserve support such plant species as marsh marigold, skunk cabbage, trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit and cottonwood and, along with the surrounding forests, sustain wild turkey, eastern screech owls and great crested flycatchers.
The Conservancy is working to protect the headwaters of Big Darby Creek from the many threats it faces, including invasive species and man-made changes to natural stream flow.
The Conservancy relies on dedicated volunteers to manage invasive species like honey suckle so that native plants may thrive.
In 2011 the Conservancy completed a 4-year-long project to restore more than 7,000 feet of stream. The restoration work creates a more natural stream flow and improves aquatic habitat. View a slideshow of the restoration!