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Marion County Park District

Naturally wild, naturally fun!

The Marion County Park District, in north central Ohio, includes five beautiful parks.

Marion Tallgrass Trail: The paved multi-use recreational trail is now 7.3 miles long. As we seek to continue to grow the trail, we are actively seeking matching funds, so please consider a donation.

Terradise Nature Preserve, in eastern Marion County, offers a shelter house, hiking trails, geocaching, and peaceful reflection near the beautiful Olentangy River.

Greenspur, north of Prospect, features woods, a small wetland pond, and will contain a picnic shelter.

Myers Woods, near the Killdeer Plains Wildlife area in northern Marion County, is a wonderful place to take a short stroll in the quiet woods.

Caledonia Nature Preserve is a beautiful streamside forest near the village of Caledonia.

Volunteer, and make a difference! Join the Friends of Prairie Parks.

Please consider a donation to help us build a beautiful rail-trail. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

Marion County Park District
222 West Center St, Marion, OH 43302


Phone: (740) 223-4161

Tallgrass Trail Update:


The paved trail is now paved for 7.3 miles, from the trailhead at 2093 Holland Road West to the intersection with Osbun Road.

We have been awarded a Clean Ohio Trails Fund grant for further construction in 2016, which should take the paved surface to near SR 37, about 1.5 miles north of LaRue.

We hope to apply for an additional grant in January, 2016 that will allow us to build more trail in 2017, but we need to raise sufficient matching funds first.

“Hike with your Valentine” Winter Hike Saturday 2/13/16 1PM to 4 pm at the Tallgrass Trail
Hot Cocoa and Homemade Cookies in the Trailhead building
Walk as far as you like i.e. Only 1/4 mile to first bridge
Bring your Family and Friends for an afternoon enjoying nature's beauty right here in Marion.

Marion County Park District 2016 February Events


February 2 wMRN Groundhog Day program! The broadcast is from

                      7-8AM at the station. Buckeye Chuck will make his

                      prediction at 7:40AM! Naturalist James Anderson will

                      be giving some groundhog trivia throughout the program.

February 4 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 12pm-5pm. At 4PM we will                       have a groundhog program. Join us for a story, craft, and many
                      more activities.

February 11 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 1-6PM.

At 5:00pm we will be doing an Owl prowl program. We will talk about different owls of Ohio, dissect owl pellets, and then we will go out and try to find them.


February 13 Valentine’s Day Hike from 1-4pm at Tallgrass Trail. Join us for

hot chocolate and treats. This is a come as you please hike.

We will be starting the Great Backyard Bird Count program at 1:00pm. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

we will also be clearing the unpaved section of Tallgrass Trail
from 1-4pm (Meet at the Tallgrass Trail parking lot)   


February 18 Marion County Park District Meeting 12:00pm.   

We meet at the Marion County Building, downstairs in the Prospect meeting room.

Join Mrs. Slagle for a snow flake program at Tallgrass

 Trail from 4-5pm. This program is geared toward preschool but all ages are welcome!       

February 20 we will be clearing the unpaved section of Tallgrass Trail from        

1-4pm (Meet at the Tallgrass Trail parking lot)   

 February 23 Mysterious Mammal program @ the Marion Public library at 7pm.

 February 24 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 12pm-5pm.

Bird Watching Program @ 4pm


Please note that programs may be cancelled due to weather. We cancel the programs on the Marion Park District and Tallgrass Trail Facebook pages.