Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve - Jainshig Trail

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Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve

Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve - Jainshig Trail is a 2.6 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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.6 miElevation gain131 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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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.

Parking lot with no facilities.

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio 614-717-2770 nature.org/ohio Facebook.com/ohionatureconservancy

From Columbus: Take US 33 West to the S.R. 287 exit (2nd Honda Parkway exit). Turn left off the ramp and drive approximately 0.3 miles. Turn right onto S.R. 287 and drive approximately 2.5 miles. Follow S.R. 287 by making a left-hand turn at the Middleburg sign and drive approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Township Road 227. In approximately .2 miles Township Road 227 merges with County Road 152. Continue on County Road 152 for another 0.1 miles until you see a sign for Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve on your right.

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Chad Beech
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Hiking

Took a detour

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Adam Taylor
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Tina Platt
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SnowshoeingGreat!

Perfect place to strap on my new snowshoes and give them a whirl. Saw cross country ski tracks as well. Beautiful sunny winter day.

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Mike Penhorwood
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Walking

Well groomed and maintained.

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John and Lola Smith
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Hiking

This is a high quality area. TNC did a wonderful job here. We were the first persons here after a fresh snow. Every tree branch and blade of grass was covered. What a great day!

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Yoshinari Ishikawa
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Hiking

Nice winter hike. Well maintained and silent. Would recommend to hike in the early morning before the ground becomes muddy in the winter.

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Trevor S
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Really well maintained trail that is great for dogs!

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Kenji Matsuura
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Hiking

Great trail! we hiked it a couple of days after some significant rain and it was fairly dry. I was pleasantly surprised by the trail and we'll be back again!

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Carl Brickner
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Hiking

Pretty easy meandering trail through woods and prairies. Trails are well kept. Trails are gravel to start the first part and then become grass for the second leg. Nice trail for a quiet, easy hike.

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Paw Paw
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HikingGreat!

Very nice hike to enjoy the fall colors. We really enjoyed sitting in the sun at the second observation deck and watching the birds. No restrooms or water available. We were surprised to see that dogs are allowed as they are not allowed on most Nature Conservancy properties. Just wish people would pick up after their dogs, especially when they do their business on the trail itself.

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Sean Zurbrick
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Tina Platt
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Walking

Nice trail for a Fall stroll. Easy walking on well maintained paths. Nice natural play area for kids.

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EF Morris
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Nice trail, well-maintained. Alternating sections of woods and prairie. Good amount of poison ivy at the edges of the trail.

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Andrew B
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Dale Schuler
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Nice simple trail highlighting the head waters of Big Darby Creek Lots of flora along with some large trees and variation of habitat from prairie to wetland.

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Jonathan Sterling
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Everly Laine
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I would recommend this trail as a beginner level hikinv trail. I wouldn't hesitate to bring my dog or small child.

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Everly Laine
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I loved this hiking trail for the terrain. This is not a paved path, but a walking path through the woods and grassland. There were plenty of butterflies, flowers and berries along the way. I appreciate how well defined the path is. I was happiest to see a childrens play area with sticks and other items for children to build with, I can't wait to share this trail!

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Briana Albert
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HikingMuddyNo shade

This is a beautiful trail. I timed my hike, I was there for about an hour and I only ran into a group of two people on my way out - I felt like I was completely alone in the world. The trail is not flat and will get your blood pumping. I went after a week of no rain, so it wasn't muddy, but I can see how it would be very muddy if you went right after it rained. Many parts of the trail are just grass; based on what other users are saying, this place has lots of ticks. I myself didn't experience any, but I kept checking myself. The trail is dog friendly but I didn't bring my dog for this reason.

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misti drope
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail, well maintained. Only a little mud. However, so many ticks!! Beware and check everyone and all pets very carefully when you leave! Thankfully dogs take flea/tick medicine so many died from bitting dogs.

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Ryan Junior
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First half mile is a gravel path in the woods then switches to alternating grass paths in the prairie to dirt paths in the woods. Lots of muddy spots you have to navigate around. Once you're at the back of the trail on the platform, it's a bit noisy from the highway traffic nearby. Trail is very well marked.

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Alisha Hughes
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Reece Schmidt
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A very fun train. The end view isn’t quite worth the mud in the spring, but would love to check it out again this summer. Very fun and more nature than other local trails.

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Reagan Whitaker
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FloodedMuddy

If you stay on the stone path it is a nice short walk. If it is wet the other paths are not worth the walk unless you wear rain boots.

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Lisa Stiver
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Hiking

This trail is ALWAYS changing! We’ve been several times and in different seasons!

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CArp User
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Can be muddy after a good rain but on good days it's a great nature walk just bring sun protection if you plan to sit and bird/butterfly watch in the prairie.

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Melanie Ziegler
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HikingMuddy

Dog friendly

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