Pickerington Ponds (Fairfield Co.)

About this Location

This hotspot may be used for checklists of birds seen in the eastern section of Pickerington Ponds Metropark. Please, see the map for the location of the county line.

Much of Pickerington Ponds is designated as a Nature Preserve where off-trail travel is prohibited. The Fairfield County section of Pickerington Ponds is entirely within the Nature Preserve. The Yellowlegs Trail begins in Franklin County for a short distance and then travels into Fairfield County. The trail connects with the Killdeer Trail. Most birders who visit this section of the park use these two trails to visit the observation deck on Pintail Pond. This is the only trail travel permitted in this section of the park.

About Pickerington Ponds

The Fairfield-Franklin county line runs through Pickerington Ponds Metro Park. (See the map for the location of the county line.) eBird hotspots are organized by county. If you carefully keep your bird records by county, be sure to use the specific hotspots in this park so that the birds will be assigned to the proper county.

Designated as one of Ohio’s Important Birding Areas by Audubon Ohio, Pickerington Ponds is a premier spot for observing more than 260 species of birds. The combination of seasonal ponds and rich wetland vegetation, with bordering woodlands, serves as a magnet for migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and land birds.

Located on the southeast side of Ellis Pond is a great blue heron rookery that has held up to 50 nests during the breeding season.

More than 400 acres of the site have been dedicated as a nature preserve. White-tailed deer, beaver, red fox, and other wildlife can be seen near the ponds and adjoining woodlots and fields.

Osprey established a nest at Pickerington Ponds in 2008 and have had babies there from 2009 onward. They return in March each year and can be viewed from the observation deck at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area on Bowen Road, which has a spotting scope.

Take some time to enjoy the colorful nature mural, created by students from Pickerington Elementary School, at the Bowen Road entrance.

Four miles of scenic trails wind through the fields and around the ponds. Bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts can hop on a 0.8-mile section of the Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail at the Glacier Knoll Picnic Area. From Glacier Knoll, the trail extends nine miles west and south to Three Creeks Park. Also from Glacier Knoll, it extends 1.25 miles east to Refugee Road, and from Refugee Road another 2.25 miles to Blacklick Woods Metro Park.

Content from Ohio Ornithological Society and Pickerington Ponds webpage