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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.

Hunting Season Note:
Deer gun season starts Monday, Nov 30 and lasts until Sunday, Dec 6, with two additional days on Dec 28 and 29 . Muzzleloader season is Jan 9 to 12. Hunting is prohibited on the Tallgrass Trail property, which is 100 feet wide (wider in some locations), and hunters may not shoot along the trail, from the trail, or across the trail. Hunting is also prohibited in other properties of the Marion County Park District. However, the trail passes through a large state wildlife area and next to several privately owned wooded areas that are used for hunting, Thus, please wear bright colors if you use the trail during this time. We have given the state wildlife officer permission to drive on the trail if need be, and he is the person to call for any problems. His number is on the sign that is posted below and at each trail intersection.

Marion County Park District 2015 December Events


December 1 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 12pm-5pm

                      Wildlife Tracking Program @ 4pm

December 3 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 12pm-5pm

                      Bird Watching Program @ 4pm

December 5 River Valley Craft Show 9am-3pm

December 7 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 12pm-5pm

                      Tree Program @ 4pm

December 10 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 12pm-5pm

 Tree leaf bingo with prizes 4-5pm   

December 12 Winter wonderland hike @ Tallgrass Trail from 9-11am

There will be hot chocolate and coffee afterwards

 Clearing unpaved section of Tallgrass Trail 1-4pm

(Meet at the Tallgrass Trail parking lot)       

December 14 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 12pm-5pm

                      Migration/hibernation Activity @ 4pm

December 16 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 12-5pm

We will be making pine cone spiders   

December 21 Tallgrass Trail Nature Center Open 12pm-4pm

                      We will be making rock pets

December 27 Christmas Bird Count Program

@ Tallgrass Trail from 2-3pm