This ravine is found at Highbanks Metro Park; according to employees the stream has no official name. An 1856 Atlas of Delaware County shows it as “Spring Run” but other atlases since then show no name.
It flows into the Olentangy River. A trail that begins next to the nature center crosses over the stream via the bridge shown in the photo. The ravine walls and base of the stream are composed of many layers of oil shale.
Looking down from the bridge. Visitors are allowed to leave the trail to explore the stream.
Closeup of a wall of shale.
Water flow draining from the previous flood plain on the deposit side of the stream has created an alluvial fan.
Rush Run has its headwaters in a retention pond north of I-270, then travels south to 161, turning southeast on its way to the Olentangy River, where it is surrounded by a Columbus Recreation and Parks nature preserve.
Photos were taken in the summer of 2020 by Ellie Nowels.
Entrance to the park is found behind the rental office of Broadmeadows apartments.
Just beyond the trees is the confluence with the Olentangy River.
One of several small tributaries in the parkland.
Still walking eastward, the path on the south side ends right before the western end of Walnut Grove Cemetery. A large sewer pipe crosses the stream here; on the north side, the park continues into the village of Riverlea, with a number of walking paths in the woods.
This is the section of Rush Run that runs between Proprietors and McCoy roads. The stream bed and ravine walls are primarily shale throughout this section.
Property owners along this section (Proprietors to McCoy) enjoy this natural treasure.
Fractures and moss give texture to the shale walls.
Plenty of food for the wildlife!
As you approach the culvert under 161 just east of Proprietors Road, there is plenty of evidence of human activity.
Be among the first to explore this new MetroPark acquisition using Clean Ohio Conservation Funding. The parkland is a ravine system located east and along Big Walnut Creek, and north of Blendon Woods Metro Park. More details will be posted on Friends of the Ravines website and Facebook page.
Please note: Shafer Park is a primitive setting with no running water or restroom facilities. Please bring a reusable bottle to stay hydrated.
Walk Guides: Metro ParksAssistant
Resource Manager Carrie Morrow and Forest Ecologist Andrew Boose.
Wear comfortable shoes. This is a rain or shine event. FOR T-shirts will be on sale for $25.
On a sunny, but chilly day, an enthusiastic crowd stood on an observation deck overlooking a large patch of trout lilies. A ravine slope along the edge of the Scioto River with mature, leafless trees set the stage for emerging spring ephemerals whose beauty was highlighted by Friends of the Ravines’ annual plant walk. On our walk, we saw specimens of cut-leaved toothwort, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauty, bloodroot, Virginia waterleaf, and harbinger-of-spring. And here and there the landscape was dotted with the familiar blue blossoms of Virginia bluebells and common blue violet. Leading walk were Metro Park Naturalists, Carrie Morrow and Gregg Wittman who told the history of the 620-acre park located just eight miles south of downtown Columbus.
After the one-and-a-half-hour walk, participants socialized and enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies at the park’s Arrowhead Picnic Area. Metro Parks has developed this park for people of all ages and abilities to experience nature and enjoy quality time for family and friends. Be sure to check Friends of the Ravines’ Facebook page and website for information about FOR’s 2019 Annual Plant Walk. Location TBA.
On Sunday, April 12th, spring plant enthusiasts gathered at the John Beltz Retreat Center to do some wildflower spotting. Led by Michael Graziano, a PhD candidate at The Ohio State University, and Carrie Morrow, Assistant Resource Manager at the Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks, board member on the Ohio Invasive Plants Council Board, and Chair of the Board for Friends of the Ravines, participants found Spring Beauty, Dutchman’s Breeches, Trillium, as well as a number of other lovely specimens.
FOR would like to thank everyone who participated, our gracious guides, and FOR Board Member Sherrill Massey for the following photographs.