Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve - Jainshig Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve - Jainshig Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near East Liberty, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from January until January.

2.2 miles
101 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

The Gary J. Jainshig trail at Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve traverses a mixture of riparian forests, wetlands and old farm fields where humble coldwater springs and streams emerge to form the Big Darby Creek, designated as one of The Nature Conservancy's Last Great Places. The first mile, rated easy, is wheelchair-accessible and takes you to an observation deck overlooking a wetland. A 2-mile primitive extension, rated moderate, takes you to a second observation deck overlooking a site where restoration work for the headwaters was completed. Interpretive signage showcases the importance of the headwaters to people and wildlife.

2 months ago

Beautiful,peaceful, well maintained trails! Will definitely do it again. Brought my Fitbit today and it’s actually 3 miles back and forth total.

9 months ago

I went with my family in the summer of 2017! I literally found 20 ticks on a family of 6! It was quite a trek with very little to see! Peaceful but boring for kids between 8 - 11. Use your time to go to another place!

10 months ago

An amazing trail, decent place for photography, saw some deer, and almost stepped on a beautiful praying mantises. Mostly graveled, has a few bridges, and lots of information boards. Definitely recommend this trail if your wanting to get into hiking or if you just want a nice 2 mile hike.

11 months ago

Was expecting more considering the rating. A lot of the trail is through wetlands, and it was very monotonous. The only highlight was the deer we encountered. Don't think I'll be making the drive up to this trail anytime soon.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Decent trail mostly grass and open field. Didn't realize until afterwards but Dogs are not allowed.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

LOVED this trail. I have been looking for my new "go-to" trail and found it in this spot. I absolutely loved the atmosphere. So quiet and peaceful. Going through the trees was my favorite part! It was the perfect fall day so the leaves fell like rain. Gorgeous. Will most definitely be returning soon!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

A plesent trail very well mantained not cluttered with garbage. Good scope of terrain, grasslands, forest, and wetland. A breeze to walk. Highly recommended.

Friday, August 19, 2016

the walk/hike is easy. very scenic. lots of people

Monday, August 08, 2016

Loved this trail. Had a little bit of everything. Wetlands, fields, wildflowers, wildlife, forest. Nice and peaceful with great overlooks.

Friday, July 29, 2016

I hiked all of the trails. Some good changes between wooded and grassland and wetland. Lots of wild life to enjoy and. A birders paradise.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

OK cool foliage, good for dog's, check good though when you get home lots of ticks.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

was nice walk. just watchout for ticks. lol

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Currently I am sitting on a bench at the Big Darby Headwaters Overlook, while I expected more once I arrived at the overlook the hike through wooded trails and open meadows was exhilarating. I had expected more water and flowing streams when I got to the overlook, however, it is a nice place to sit and enjoy all of the sounds of nature. I even hear a bullfrog every now and then. I can see the highway from where I sit and can hear the cars whizzing by, that noise is distant compared to the beautiful sounds of God's creation singing their grateful chorus.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Darby headwaters is a great place to get away. I visit this trail about once a month. For a very long time it was a very nice trail, nacely kept about a mile long with a boardwalk that opens up onto a deack with info signs about the wildlife, folange and other plants. A very interesting ecosystem. Daby headwaters also has many geocashes along the trail. This new trail is just off the main trail and incororates more of the great beauty of the area. It is just a miniute off of 33, by Honda and the cute village of Middleburg.

1 month ago