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Pickerington Ponds (1,608 acres)
Open 6:30am to dark
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Pickerington Ponds is a premier spot for birdwatching, with more than 260 species seen. The combination of seasonal ponds and rich wetland vegetation, with bordering woodlands, serve as a magnet for migrating waterfowl, shore birds and land birds. Deer, beaver, fox and other wildlife can be seen near the ponds and adjoining woods and fields of this 1,608 acre park.

  • biking
  • nature preserve
  • picnic areas


    7680 Wright Road
    Canal Winchester OH 43110

    Glacier Knoll Picnic Area
    4071 Bowen Road
    Canal Winchester OH 43110
    (southeastern Franklin & northwestern Fairfield counties)

    From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster about three miles. Take the Canal Winchester/State Route 674/Gender Road exit. Turn left onto Gender Road, go about one mile and turn right onto Wright Road.  Go about one mile to Bowen Road and turn left. Glacier Knoll picnic and parking area is about 0.25 miles on left.

    Two nonreservable picnic shelters

    State Nature Preserve: 416 acres of Pickerington Ponds are dedicated as a state nature preserve.

    Wildlife viewing: There are five observation areas in the park, all of them great places to view wildlife. From the observation decks at Bowen Road and Wright Road, overlooking Ellis Pond, you get good views of the great blue heron rookeries in the trees along the south shore. The best time to see the herons is between late March and mid-May. There are two spotting scopes on the deck at Bowen Road. The Bernard and Susan Master Pavilion at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area overlooks Arrowhead Marsh, with views of the nesting ospreys. The deck has its own spotting scope. Best time to view the ospreys is late March to mid-July. The observation deck at the Wood Duck Picnic Area gives fine views of Mallard Marsh and Blue Wing Pond. At the far end of the Killdeer Trail, another observation deck overlooks Pintail Marsh.