Delaware, Ohio 43015Alum Creek State Park webpage
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Alum Creek State Park
Take Old State Road until it ends at OH-37, then take a right and drive east .5 mile to the parking area just before the bridge. The reservoir here is deep and narrow, so water birds are not very numerous, although there can be small flocks of gulls. The forested inlet/ravine just southwest of the parking area is circled by a foot/horse trail and can be very good for land birds in both spring and fall seasons. This is one of the few spots for nesting Cerulean Warblers along 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