Fairfield County Parks & Nature Preserves

The following list of parks and preserves includes those managed by federal, state, county, and non-governmental agencies (such as the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, various historical societies, etc.).

We have tried to collect information on the activities and facilities available at various parks, but things may change without us knowing about it. So please double-check the information at the official site (click on the park’s name to go there).

See our post: An Overview of Hiking Trails in Fairfield County




Alley Park (City Park)
  • 2805 Old Logan Rd, Lancaster, OH
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 300 acres
  • Total trail length: 6 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • Nature center, camp sites under development
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Alley Park
Blacklick Creek Bike Trail (Bike Path)
  • Transits: Three Creeks Park – Pickerington Pond – Blacklick Woods(currently incomplete)
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 12 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Paved multi-use trail
Blacklick Woods (Metro Park)
Buckeye Lake (State Park)
  • 2905 Liebs Island Road, Millersport, OH 43046
  • Park size: 3,100 acre lake
  • Dog friendly (Not on the beach)
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Boating, swimming (with 3 beaches)
  • Hunting Map
  • Park Map for Buckeye Lake
  • Location on Google Maps
Chestnut Ridge (Metro Park)
  • 8445 Winchester Road N.W., Carroll, OH 43112
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 486 acres
  • Total trail length: 2.4 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Chestnut Ridge
Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve (State Nature Preserve)
  • GPS coordinates: N39.639748,W82.650034
  • Location: The trail–head for Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve is located at the intersection of Meister Rd SW, Oil Mill Hollow Rd SW, and Crooks Rd SW in Fairfield County just south of Lancaster. Park next to Mink Hollow covered bridge.
  • Park size: 554 acres
  • Total trail length: 4.75 miles
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve
Clear Creek (Metro Park)
  • 185 Clear Creek Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 5,260 acres
  • Total trail length: 14 miles
  • Dog friendly (Selected trails)
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • Includes 4,769 acre Clear Creek (Allen F. Beck) State Nature Preserve
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Clear Creek
Cross Mound (County Park)
  • Location: US-33 to SR-159 to Sixteenth Rd. See map
  • Park size: 29 acres
  • Prehistoric X-shaped mound. Possibly from the Fort Ancient Native Americans. Accessed via WPA-built (1936) suspension foot-bridge
  • Closed indefinitely due to vandalism
Fairfield Heritage Trail (Bike Path)
  • Transits: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 10 miles (8 miles paved)
Johns Trail (Amanda, OH) (Bike Path)
  • Transits: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 1.6 miles
  • Gravel trail
Lockville Park (County Park)
  • Location: Off of Pickerington Rd, south of US-33. See map
  • Park size: 6 acres
  • Three intact locks from Ohio Erie canal and a covered bridge
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Lockville Park
Pickerington Ponds (Metro Park)
Rhododendron Cove (State Nature Preserve)
Rising Park (City Park)
  • 1100 N High St, Lancaster, OH 43130
  • GPS coordinates: N39.726251,W82.593395
  • Location: Take OH-22 through Lancaster, run left on OH-27. Just past the fairgrounds turn right into the Rising Park entrance
  • Park size: 73 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Hiking trail to sandstone bluff overlooking Lancaster
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Rising Park
Rock Mill (County Park)
  • Location: US-33 (Lancaster bypass) to Lithopolis Rd to Rockmill Rd. See map
  • Large grist mill currently being restored. Located on upper falls of Hocking River. Rock Mill covered bridge nearby.
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Rock Mill
Shallenberger (State Nature Preserve)
  • Location: Located in Fairfield County, 4 miles southwest of Lancaster on U.S. Route 22; proceed 1/4 mile north on Beck’s Knob Road to the marked preserve parking lot and trail system.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 88 acres
  • Total trail length: 2.5 miles (approx)
  • Dogs not permitted
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Shallenberger
Wahkeena (Ohio Historical Society)
  • 2200 Pump Station Rd SE, Berne, OH 43155
  • Location: Located in Fairfield County. From Lancaster – Exit US Rt. 33 at Sharp Rd (Traffic light at Sugar Grove). Turn right if coming from the north, turn left if coming from south, cross the bridge and bear right and continue to Pump Station Road and turn left. Facilities include parking lot, visitors center and trails. Hours of operation are limited – check web site for details.
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 150 acres
  • Total trail length: 2 miles (approx)
  • Dogs not permitted
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • Nature center – many programs incl events for children. See web site for details
  • Official blog for Wahkeena
  • Scheduled events or programs at Wahkeena
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Wahkeena
Walter Tucker (State Nature Preserve)
  • Location: Part of Blacklick Metro Park




Last Update: 2017-09-12 16:19:47

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