Hoover Nature Preserve--Hoover Meadows

Hoover Nature Preserve--Hoover Meadows

Sunbury Road Galena, Ohio 43021

Columbus Nature Preserves webpage
Hoover Reservoir map

Also, see all the hotspots at:
Hoover Nature Preserve
Big Walnut Important Bird Area
Hoover Reservoir Birding Drive

About this Location

Hoover Meadows is accessed from Sunbury Road. The area is marked by a large sign and the chain-link fence. This is a 91 acre inland tract of The Hoover Nature Preserve. The strip is narrow but contains conifers near the front, wetlands, grasslands, ponds, and mature forests. This area can yield Northern Bobwhite, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Bobolinks, American Woodcock, American Bittern, warblers, finches, hawks, waterfowl, waders, shorebirds and assorted sparrows. In the winter the area can yield Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspurs. There are three fields in the meadows.

Hoover Meadows is a wetland mitigation site with a diversity of habitat types including woodland, wetland, vernal pool, grassland, and stream. The wetlands provide good habitat for migrating birds such as soras and bitterns. There is a large vernal pool located in the woods. This pool dries up by the end of the summer and provides vital breeding ground for amphibians.

About Hoover Nature Preserve

Access Areas with trails include Mud Hen Marsh, Ox Bow Road, Hoover Meadows, Dustin Road, Areas L, M, and N, and Clover Field.

  • over 925 acres
  • vital migratory stopover for over 33 different species of shorebirds
  • largest breeding population of state special concern Prothonotary Warblers in Ohio
  • 1,500-foot boardwalk at Area M
  • observation blind at Mud Hen Marsh
  • Bald Eagles frequently observed throughout the year

Content from Charles Bombaci and Columbus Nature Preserves webpage