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Slate Run (1,705 acres)
Open 6:30am to dark
(Wetlands and Bridle Trail close at sunset)
39.75719    -82.82787
39.76573    -82.86716 (Slate Run Wetlands)

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. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound at the 1,705-acre park. Sandhill cranes have nested in the 156-acre wetland and the northern bobwhite quail have been reintroduced in the park.

  • bridle trail
  • day camp 
  • fishing - 15 and younger 
  • hiking
  • natural play area
  • pet trail
  • picnicking
  • play areas


    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 to the roundabout at Lithopolis Road. Stay in left lane 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.