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Pickerington Ponds State Nature Preserves


Preserving 416 acres in Franklin & Fairfield Counties

Formed by Wisconsinan glaciation, this preserve consists of marshes, ponds (glacial kettles) and adjacent uplands.

A wide variety of plant species are found here, ranging from water and marsh plants, grasses and sedges to upland trees and shrubs. A buttonbush swamp is located on the south side of the area near Bowden Road.

Pickerington Ponds has been an extremely popular spot for birdwatching-- more than 250 different species of birds have been recorded here over the years.

Local Directions

Located in Franklin/Fairfield counties approximately 2 miles west of Pickerington on Wright Road. Two viewing areas, one on Wright Road and one off Bowen Road, provide public access for viewing birds.

Special Features


  • Glacial ponds and marsh
  • Excellent birdwatching opportunities


Wheelchair Accessible
Drinking Water
Observation Area

Managing Agency

The preserve is owned and managed by the Columbus/Franklin County Metro Parks system.

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