Galloway Park

Galloway Park
1580 Galloway Road
Galloway, Ohio 43119
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Tips for birding Galloway Park
There is a paved multi-use trail around the perimeter of the park, approximately 1.5 miles, mostly flat. There are a few spots with gently rolling terrain.

There really isn’t a reason to carry a scope. You can find birds here year-round. The spring is especially nice, but you can find interesting things in all seasons.
From Amy Collins-Warfield

About Galloway Park
Galloway Park is located on Galloway Road 2 miles south of West Broad Street. Take West Broad Street exit off of I-270.

Restroom on site, portable toilet.

There is handicap accessible parking and the trail is accessible to folks with wheelchairs. You can’t bird by car, though. You may end up sharing the trail with people on bicycles or rollerblades, or pushing strollers.

A Tour of Galloway Park
by Amy Collins-Warfield

The entrance is on the southeast corner of the property. It leads to a paved parking lot.
There are a few handicap-accessible parking spaces.
There is a picnic pavilion with what will eventually become a concession stand. The restrooms are not currently open and there is only one portable toilet on the property. There are water fountains here but they are not always operational due to COVID.

The south end of the property borders a field. Sparrows, Indigo Buntings, and swallows are common. This part of the field has a low spot that sometimes floods. We have viewed shorebirds and ducks in this wet spot.

The southern half of the property has a natural wetland with a few small ponds. Look for herons and ducks on the pond; sparrows and icterids around the edges. Kildeer are common in this general vicinity, but sometimes other shorebirds will appear.

The northern half of the property is open grassland. You can find Grasshopper Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks here in the spring, until they mow it down in early or mid-summer. Eventually this will become a dog park and a Frisbee golf course.

The western edge of the property has a hedgerow/tree line with fields behind it. Look for migrating songbirds, including warblers, vireos, catbirds, thrashers, sparrows, Indigo Buntings, and icterids. Sometimes Turkey Vultures perch on the poles. You can spot other raptors overhead.

The northern end of the property also has a hedgerow and tree line with field behind it. Look for Blue Jays, cardinals, assorted sparrows, catbirds, thrashers, robins, goldfinches, House Finches, and wrens. Migrating warblers can also be found here.

The northeast end of the property has a small wetland with a wooded edge. Look for Warbling Vireos, thrashers, assorted sparrows, and migrating thrushes and warblers.
The northeast corner of the property has a few trees. It borders Galloway Road with a subdivision beyond. Wrens, House finches, Cedar Waxwings, assorted sparrows, and migrating warblers can be found in these trees.
The northeast end of the property has a small fishing pond. You usually only find Canada Geese here because there are typically anglers using the pond. The Canada Geese at this park are aggressive.
You can park in this gravel lot near the fishing pond. This is north of the main entrance and does connect to the paved trail. You can sometimes find meadowlarks and Savannah and Grasshopper Sparrows nearby.
The eastern side of the property has a few baseball diamonds. Eventually this will contain several baseball diamonds and soccer fields. There is typically not much to find here other than Canada Geese and Killdeer.
The southeast corner of the property has a paved trail connector that leads into the town of Galloway before intersecting with the Camp Chase Trail. The Camp Chase Trail is a paved multipurpose trail. It can take you east towards downtown, or west where it connects with Battelle-Darby Creek Metropark. From there the trail leads to London.