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Alum Creek State Park
Parking for this area is along Africa Road between Big Walnut Road and Plumb Road. This boat launch is on a small peninsula that appears to funnel migrants along the shore, so this is a good spot to check during the fall migration. There is a series of foot trails here that parallel the shore, which is comprised of several small bays and inlets that can hide ducks and shorebirds. It is also the start of the multi-use trail that winds north past the old Plumb Road area. The area here is essentially fields in advanced stages of succession, so migrants have few high trees in which to hide. Be sure to walk the old Lewis Center Road just west of the boat launch. This old roadway is very overgrown and dead-ends at the shore where there is a good view of the lower reservoir.
Alum Creek rests in the midst of the fertile agricultural till plains and river valleys of Delaware County. In contrast to the surrounding farmlands, the park offers a diverse array of natural features. Cliffs of Ohio shale are notable in many areas, exposed as Alum Creek and other streams cut through underlying bedrock. The shale was formed as mud washed into the ancient sea which covered the area several hundred million years ago. The dark hue of the rock is due to the mixture of a carbonized plant material and mud that formed the shale.
The rich soils of Delaware County gave rise to a luxuriant beech-maple forest after the retreat of the glaciers about 12,000 years ago. That original forest has long since been cut but a healthy second-growth forest is preserved in the park. The woodlands harbor a variety of plant species and offer the interested observer beautiful displays of wildflowers and wildlife. Large-flowered trillium, wild geranium, bloodroot, and spring beauties carpet the forest floor. The forest is home to fox squirrel, woodchuck, rabbit, white-tail deer, and many other species of wildlife.
Restrooms on site.
Content from Alum Creek State Park webpage and Ohio Ornithological Society