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New Facilities at Scioto Brush Creek State Nature Preserve

Posted on 9/9/2014 by State Nature Preserves

Scioto Brush Creek is one of the most diverse streams in Ohio, and the 30-acre Scioto Brush Creek State Nature Preserve – located in Scioto County - protects a very important stretch of the stream that includes a number of federal and state listed species of animals and plants.

This winter and spring, a new parking area was completed at the preserve, including a smooth packed surface topped with gravel, a split rail fence and a permanent kiosk providing preserve information at the entrance. Additional improvements include 1.5 miles of newly “cut in” trail. The River Otter Loop Trail, named after a river otter observed playing in the waters of Scioto Brush Creek as the trail was first being marked, is the keyway to the heart of the preserve.

The Division thanks the always dedicated Columbus Audubon Society Volunteers! This hard working crew partnered with Ohio State Parks and Nature Preserves staff for a weekend work trip in mid-April. In two days, two 16-foot and two 12-foot walk bridges were completed – and two dump truck loads of trash and flood debris were removed from the preserve!

Over 250 species of plants have been recorded on the preserve to date. Preserve visitors enjoy old-growth trees and a diverse spring wildflower display that includes Virginia bluebells, large-flowered valerian, dwarf crested iris, dwarf larkspur and wood poppy. Birds include Cerulean Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Northern Parula, Scarlet Tanager and Baltimore Oriole. Visit the Scioto Brush Creek web page to find directions and additional information about the preserve.