Category Archives: Wildlife Habitat

Ravine Walk: Beechwold Nature Preserve

There are 19 nature preserves in Franklin County that are owned by Columbus Recreation and Parks. This is one that is quite small and not well known.  Old Beechwold is accessed from North High St. a little bit south of Graceland Shopping Center and Kenney Park, and is a neighborhood of stately homes,  mature trees (beech and others), and lovely gardens. This unnamed tributary is channelized at the east end (at Rustic Bridge) and flows into the Olentangy. It’s a small park, unmarked, with foot access at Rustic Bridge and on Riverview where it curves into Olentangy Blvd.

July, 2020 – Photos by Ellie Nowels

east end of the preserveThis is the east end of the preserve; the stream is channelized from the Rustic Bridge east to its point of origin.

dirt pathYou can follow the dirt path at the top of the hill or climb down into the ravine to walk in the stream.

shale-lined stream bed A shale-lined stream bed makes for a lovely walk.

concretionsA number of nice concretions in the stream bed.

Entrance to the Olentangy
Where the stream enters the Olentangy it passes under some sewer pipes. There are no public pathways north or south along the river bank.

Ravine Walk: Bill Moose Run

Photos from the section of Bill Moose Run between its confluence with the Olentangy River and where it enters the tunnel under North High St.

July, 2020 – Photos by Ellie Nowels


Ebony jewelwing damselfly – one of many found near the water.


One of many concretions


Much of the stream bed is lined with shale. A paw paw grove can be seen on the left.


Ramp flowers


Interesting root formation


The stream actually passes under Wesley Glen. See Ravinia Spring/Summer 2020 for an article about Wesley Glen’s appreciation of this lovely stream in their back yard.


At the end of Bill Moose Run, erosion is changing the shape of the mouth of the stream by undercutting the banks.

2019 Annual Plant Walk

When:  April 28, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where:  New Parkland Shafer Park north of St Rt 161 in Little Turtle

Meeting site: Shafer Park, 5220 Cambria Way, Westerville

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.

Plant 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.

Snow Trillium

2018 Annual Plant Walk

Annual Plant Walk at Scioto Grove Metro Park

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.


Plant talk before the walk


Heading into the ravine


An abundance of trout lilies