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Gallagher (John F.) Fen State Nature Preserve

Preserving 213 acres in Clark County

John F. Gallagher Fen State Nature Preserve contains one of the best examples of a prairie fen community in the state. At least 26 state-listed species have been reported from this preserve. The fen meadows support a variety of fen species including prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum), shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa), tall larkspur (Delphinium exaltatum), grass-of-parnassus (Parnassia glauca), blue-leaved willow (Salix myricoides), Ohio goldenrod (Oligoneuron ohioense), and Canada burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis). The oak savannah above the fen meadows support a variety of dry prairie species including nodding onion (Allium cernuum), false garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), whorled rosinweed (Silphium trifoliatum), early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), false gromwell (Onosmodium molle var. hispidissimum), and hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens). The Preserve is named in honor of John F. Gallagher, a well-known environmentalist from Springfield.

Local Directions

Parking is located on the south side of Old Columbus Road between Bird Road and Redmond Road.

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers
Geologic Features

Bird Watching
Summer Wildflowers

  • High quality spring- fed alkaline wetland
  • Spectacular display of prairie dock


  • Parking area
  • Trails
  • Partial boardwalk

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