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Slate Run (1,705 acres)
Open 6:30am to dark
39.75719    -82.82787
39.76573    -82.86716 (Slate Run Wetlands)
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Slate Run Metro Park isn't resting on slate rock -- settlers mistook the dark soil for 350-million year old slate. It's actually shale, a soft rock made from clay deposited by water about 350 million years ago.

Slate Run features a variety of habitats ranging from the open areas of grasslands, wetlands and meadows to the forested areas of beech, oak, hickory and sugar maple.

Red-winged blackbirds, meadowlarks, indigo bunting, belted kingfishers and numerous other birds and wildlife can be seen at the 156-acre wetlands. More than 70 species of birds have been spotted there.

The park features Slate Run Living Historical Farm where visitors can learn about and help with chores on a working 1880s farm.

About 12 miles of trails wind through the fields, forests, ravines and grasslands. Visitors will cross a restored 1800s covered bridge on one of the trails.

 
  • Hiking
  • Pet trail 
  • Picnicking 
  • Nature programs
  • Bridle trail
  • Kids fishing (age 15 and younger)
  • Playground equipment
  • Natural Play Area




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    SLATE RUN
    1375 State Route 674 N.
    Canal Winchester, OH 43110
    (northeastern Pickaway County)

    From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster to the Canal Winchester/S.R. 674 exit. Turn right onto Gender Road/S.R. 674 and go about two miles until it dead-ends into Lithopolis Road. Turn left and go about 1/2 mile to S.R. 674. Turn right and go about four miles to the entrance on the right. Once inside the park, go past the ranger station and take the first road left and follow the signs to the farm.


    Slate Run Wetlands
    11140 Winchester Road
    Ashville OH 43103:
    Continue past main park entrance 1/2 mile to Marcy Road and turn right. Go three miles to Winchester Road and turn right. Wetlands entrance is about two miles on the right.


    Two non-reservable picnic areas.

    Slate Run Youth Group Camp: This primitive 55-acre camp is available by reservation only for youth groups.

    Buzzard's Roost Lake: Wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant as you walk the trail near this 15-acre lake. Children 15 and younger can fish off the dock.

    Slate Run Wetlands: Trails through the 156-acre wetlands and observation decks make this a destination for visitors and school groups who want to explore this fragile ecosystem.

    Natural Play Area: Explore the creek and a wooded hillside in the 7-acre natural play area. Access from the Shady Grove Picnic Area. Walk down the Five Oaks Trail, past the overlook deck and down to the bottom of the hill. Natural Play Area signs are posted.

    Slate Run Living Historical Farm: View map to see the layout of buildings and facilities at this 1880s working farm.