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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.

Marion County Park District 2016 April Events


Saturday, April 2 at the Tallgrass Trail Nature Center, 2093 Holland Road West, Marion:
8-10am: Birding and Breakfast. Join us for bird watching, and then have some coffee and donuts in the nature center. There will be a free will donation to help cover expenses.

10:00-12:00: Take a hike with naturalist James Anderson.
1 p.m.:  Join volunteer naturalist Heidi Slagle for a family program about beavers. Geared for all ages. 

Monday, April 4: Pond Study class at Tallgrass Trail from 5-6pm. Meet at Nature Center.


Thursday, April 7: Beaver Program at Tallgrass Trail Nature Center from 5-6pm. Join Mrs. Slagle and her puppet Skippy as they share all about beavers!  Play a game, make a craft, listen to a story and enjoy a snack all while learning about our aquatic friends. Geared toward preschool but all ages are welcome!

Friday, April 8:
4-6:30 pm: Tallgrass Trail Nature Center open

6:30  pm: Frog and Toad Presentation

8 pm:  Night hike on the Tallgrass Trail

Saturday, April 9: Visit us at the Spring Garden Fair at Tri-Rivers Career Center (11-3:30pm)

Monday, April 11:
12-4pm: Tallgrass Trail Nature Center open
5-6 pm: Wildflower program at Myers Woods Preservation, located on Wyandot-Marion Road, 1/4 mile west of Stauffer Road.


Saturday, April 16:  Marion County Park District Earth Day Event 1-4pm at the Tallgrass Trail      

Monday, April 18:
Noon to 5 pm: Tallgrass Trail Nature Center open.
5 to 6 pm:  Wildflower program at Tallgrass Trail

Thursday, April 21: 5 to 6 p.m.: Eye Spy Reptiles and Amphibians, at Greenspur Preservation. Greenspur is located on SR 203, about a half mile north of SR 4.


Saturday, April 23: Join us at the ECO Center Earth Day event from 11-3pm. The ECO Center is located at 1757 County Rd 59, Caledonia, OH. Visit for more details.


Tuesday, April 26: Noon to 4 pm: Tallgrass Trail Nature Center open
5 to 6 pm: "What’s your niche" program
7 pm: Friends of Prairie Parks meeting in Heritage Hall (Marion County Historical Society). Enter via lower level door on State Street.

Saturday, April 30:
9 to 11 am: Take a bicycle ride on the Tallgrass Trail with naturalist James Anderson.
1 pm:  Vernal Pool (Wetlands class) at Terradise Nature Preserve. Terradise is located a mile south of Caledonia Ohio off State Route 746 at the dead end of the Marion Williamsport Road.


Please note that programs may be cancelled due to weather. If programs are cancelled, we will post a notice the Marion County Park District and Tallgrass Trail Facebook pages.