Hilliard, Ohio 43026
News article about the Clover Groff Natural Area
Clover Groff Natural Area map
Also, see Clover Groff Run
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The Clover Groff Natural Area is a small patch of habitat in the midst of suburban sprawl that is managed by Columbus Recreation and Parks. The Clover Groff Run, which is part of the Big Darby Watershed, meanders through the area and supports some aquatic and semi-aquatic plants like cattails. There are many large trees including willows, maples, and oaks and there are even some patches of decent prairie-like habitat. There are no trails that traverse the area, which is good in that it reduces human impact, but there are some small inlets that allow the birder to be surrounded by vegetation and our feathered friends, such as one on the East side behind some apartment buildings. I suggest walking the entire periphery of the patch, which includes part of the walking and biking trail between Roberts Road and Franks Park. It makes for a good short birding escape!
From Bryan Sharp
About Clover Groff Natural Area
The Clover Groff Run stream restoration projects constructed over 3 miles of new sinuous stream channel within 38 acres of active riparian floodplain in four central Ohio parks:
Reynolds Municipal Park
Spindler Road Park
Restoration eliminated impairments caused by hydro-modification by implementing Natural Channel Design techniques within the goals of Ohio’s Clean Water Act.
No restroom facilities.