Madison 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).




Bigelow Cemetery (State Nature Preserve)
  • 600 Rosedale Rd., Irwin, OH 43029
  • GPS coordinates: N40.109617, W83.419117
  • Location: Located 8 miles west of Plain City on State Route 161, the preserve is less than 1/2 mile south on the west side of Rosedale Rd. The site has pull–off parking. The preserve is owned by the Pike Township Trustees and managed by the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.
  • Park size: 0.5 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.5 miles
  • Pioneer cemetery
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Bigelow Cemetery
Deer Creek Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: It can be reached from the east and west by U.S. Route 22 and State Route 56, and from the north and south by U.S. Route 62 and State Routes 3, 104, and 207.
  • Park size: 8,662 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Archery range
  • Firearms range
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms (Latrines)
  • APV riding area
  • Wildlife Area Map for Deer Creek Wildlife Area
Heritage Trail Park (Metro Park (Bike Path))
Little Darby State Scenic River Preserve (County)
  • Location: Although the web sites lists the address as 5995 Lafayette Plain City Rd., Monroe Township, Madison County, Ohio, if you look at a satellite map, this looks like the address for a private maintenance. The actuall parking looks like it is a dirt/grass lot at GPS coordinates: N40.025938,W83.386256. Enter the coordinates in Google Maps and see what you think.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 214 acres
  • Total trail length: 2 miles (when finished)
London Fish Hatchery (State Fish Hatchery)
  • Location: Take SR 56 south off of I–70 to SR 40 west, then take Roberts Mill Rd. south four miles and the hatchery is on the right.
  • Park size: 80 acres
  • Open to public M–F 8 AM – 3 PM
Madison Lake (State Park)
  • 4860 E Park Drive, London, OH 43140
  • Park size: 76 acre park + 106 acre lake
  • Total trail length: 1 mile
  • Dog friendly (Not on beach)
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • Boating, swimming (300 ft beach).
  • Park Map for Madison Lake
Prairie Oaks (Metro Park)
  • 3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson, OH 43162
  • Trail map
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 2,203 acres
  • Total trail length: 16.4 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
Smith Cemetery (State Nature Preserve)
  • Location: Located in Madison County, 2 miles west of Plain City on SR 161; proceed 1 mile south on Kramer Road, (Union County Road 42) this road becomes Converse Chapel Road (Madison County Road 41) then .25 mile west on Boyd Road to the prairie cemetery located on the north side. A trail is present. See map.
  • Park size: 1 acre
  • Pioneer cemetery
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Smith Cemetery




Last Update: 2017-07-24 16:32:02

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One thought on “Madison County Parks & Nature Preserves

  1. There is a fence up at the little Darby preserve parking area. Is there no longer fishing access to the creek? What’s up with this? I’ve used this access for years.

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