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Prairie Oaks
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3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road,West Jefferson, OH 43162 (western Franklin & northeastern Madison counties)

Main Entrance: From I-270, take I-70 west to the Plain City-Georgesville Road/State Route 142 exit and go north on Route 142 about 0.8 miles. Entrance on right.

Sycamore Plains Trail, 2009 Amity Road, Hilliard, OH 43026: From Route 142 (Plain City-Georgesville Road) go about 1/4 mile south of I-70 exit. Turn left on High Free Pike. Go about 1 mile to Roberts Road and turn left. Go about 1 mile on Roberts Road to Amity Road and turn left. Entrance is on left.

Darby Creek Greenway Trail, Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Road, Hilliard, OH 43026: From I-270, take I-70 west to the West Jefferson / Plain City exit (exit 85), turn right onto Plain City-Georgesville Road / State Route 142. Go about 2.25 miles to Lucas Road (passing the main park entrance) and turn right. Go across Big Darby Creek and turn right at the stop sign onto Amity Road. Entrance is about 1/2 mile on right.

Trail Distance Details

  Sycamore Plains

1 mile; moderate to difficult Walk, jog, pets; grass and dirt surface; Winds through grasslands and along Darby Creek bottomland, passing large sycamores.

  Osage Orange

0.5-mile loop; moderate to difficult Walk, pets; grass and dirt surface; Passes through fields, woodlands and Darby Creek bottomlands.

  Coneflower (north)

0.8 miles; difficult Walk, jog, cross-country ski; grass and dirt surface; Crosses two steep hills by the Darby Creek floodplain.

  Coneflower (south)

1.7 miles; moderate to difficult Walk, jog, cross-country ski; grass and dirt surface; Runs alongside Big Darby Creek for a way and then loops back along the edge of a prairie.
  Bridle     5.7 miles Horseback ride, cross-country ski; grass and dirt surface; Passes through fields, woodlands and prairies.
  Darby Creek
  Greenway
3.4 miles: easy Walk, jog, bike, pets; compacted gravel surface; Runs along the west side of Darby Creek, with an extension across the creek leading north to Darby Bend Lakes. ADA accessible.
Tall Grass Trail 0.7 miles; easy         Walk, pets, cross-country ski; grass and dirt uneven surface, but fairly level; Extends southward in a loop from the Sycamore Plains Trail.
Mound Trail 0.3 miles; easy Walk, pets, cross-country ski; grass and dirt uneven surface, but fairly level; Encircles an Indian mound in the Darby Bend Lakes area.
Lakeview Trail 0.6 miles; easy Walk, pets (horseback riders share a section of the trail); grass, dirt and hard-packed grit surface, fairly level, with a view uneven surfaces; Runs down the east side of the most southerly lake in the Darby Bend Lakes area, connecting with the Darby Creek Greenway Trail near the bridge to the west side of Big Darby Creek.
River Rock Trail 0.7 miles; easy Walk, pets; grass and dirt surface fairly level; Loops around one of the lakes in the Darby Bend Lakes area from the Darby Creek Greenway Trail.
Alder Trail 0.6 miles; easy Walk, pets; grass and dirt surface fairly level; Connects Darby Bend Lakes area with Sycamore Plains Trail.
Beaver Lake Trail 0.9 miles; easy Walk, pets; grass and dirt surface fairly level; Loops around Beaver Lake.