Full Moon Night Hike at the Big Darby Headwaters Preserve (about 2.5 miles)

At The Nature Conservancy we take good care of our preserves, and we've decided to stay on the trail for this hike. The snow and meltoff have created a situation where the off-trail hiking may cause excessive damage to the preserve, and the clayey soils are very slippery when wet. So -- we'll stay on the trail, which will make this a 2.5-mile hike. We promise to schedule an off-trail bushwhack when it dries out.

A full moon is always special but the first full moon of Spring comes with a special promise of warm nights (and days) to come (we hope).  The Nature Conservancy and the Central Ohio Hikers and Backpackers Meetup Group are co-hosting this full moon hike at the Conservancy’s Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve not far from Bellefontaine.

This is an 800-acre preserve encompassing a mixture of wetlands and streamside forests that a variety of plant and animal species, including 100 species of fish, 44 types of mussels, trillium, skunk cabbage, jack-in-the-pulpit, eastern screech owls, wild turkeys and great crested fly catchers, all call home.

We'll hike about about 2.5 miles along easy to moderate terrain, but we'll go off trail some, and bushwhacking at night will present a little more challenge.

We’ll hike parts of the trail that was first opened last year, and check the progress of the Big Darby Headwaters restoration project. Preserve manager Steve Ross will also lead us on a bushwhacking adventure to places not normally opened to the public.

Wear waterproof boots and long pants that will survive a stray encounter with greenbrier and bring a light (headlamp is best).

Parking is limited, so if you'd like to carpool we can meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Nature Conservancy's office at 6375 Riverside Drive in Dublin, OH

Otherwise, from Columbus, take US 33 West to the S.R. 287 exit (2nd Honda Parkway exit). Turn left off the ramp and drive approximately 0.3 miles. Turn right onto S.R. 287 and drive approximately 2.5 miles. Follow S.R. 287 by making a left-hand turn at the Middleburg sign and drive approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Township Road 227. In approximately .2 miles Township Road 227 merges with County Road 152. Continue on County Road 152 for another 0.1 miles until you see a sign for Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve on your right.

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  • Steve R.

    I must say, this was a GREAT hike. Thanks to you all for loving nature and Big Darby Headwaters. Oh, this is not a pitch but if you want to get on the volunteer email list just contact me at [masked]

    See you on the trail somewhere....

    March 29, 2013

  • Jennifer K.

    I, too, so enjoyed myself! Getting outdoors with all you fabulous peeps made my night! Hope to see you all again soon.

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • Angie C.

    It was great to experience another TNC preserve and be out with such a nice group of people. Loved all the woodcocks!

    March 29, 2013

  • Susan M

    Great location + great company = great evening!

    March 27, 2013

  • Annie

    It was so nice to find a Conservancy Project in my back yard!. Hey Everyone, please understand what this organization does for our state, our country and out planet! Come Meet uP for FREE. Find a way to support the cause according to your own means, but don't miss these incredible educational experiences! Bring a friend!

    March 27, 2013

  • Richard

    Had an excellent time, learned a lot, beautiful evening!!

    March 27, 2013

  • Joshua H.

    Had I saw sooner that y'all were car pooling I would have joined. Bummer!

    March 27, 2013

  • Don S.

    What fun! Ankle sprain is preventing me from hiking. Hope to go on the next full moon hike.

    March 27, 2013

    • Randy E.

      Heal up and we'll see you next time, Don.

      March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unexpected houseguests tonight

    March 27, 2013

    • Randy E.

      We will hold another hike here, soon, Stephanie. Enjoy your company.

      March 27, 2013

  • Susan M

    I see the group attending is down to nine...is it OK if I bring a last minute guest with me??

    March 27, 2013

  • Randy E.

    Yes, Susan -- please feel free to bring a last-minute guest. I am!

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unexpected houseguests tonight

    March 27, 2013

  • Annie

    I'll meet you there

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Diane

    certainly will try to make it but the timing will be tight

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Steve R.

    We might hear American Woodcock (a.k.a. - Timberdoodles), a fascinating bird that inhabits this preserve. My wife and I have been hearing them at our house the past couple of warm evenings. Check out the video below and then keep an ear open for their "peent" call as they are out and about right now. http://youtu.be/Ie1SK7rdPUk

    While you are at it, listen for another incredible bird that also "peents" but is often seen flying high in the sky while it migrates and also seen feeding on insects around streetlights in the city (where this bird often nests builds nests in the gravel on city building rooftops). http://youtu.be/zsM4hKS7gmE

    March 13, 2013

  • Annie

    This sounds wonderful. Thank you!

    1 · March 12, 2013

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