Woodman Fen

Woodman Fen
2490 Newcastle Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45420
Woodman Fen webpage
Woodman Fen map

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Coordinates: 39.7306766, -84.1260481
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About Woodman Fen
This 33-acre natural area contains a rare groundwater-fed wetland known as a fen. Fens contain thick deposits of peat and support many rare and usual plants. Restoring the fen has included planting over 100 types of native wetland plants.

The 1,800-foot ADA accessible boardwalk snakes around the wetland and keeps your feet dry. It is the longest boardwalk in the MetroParks system and includes three small observation decks were visitors are able to view this stunning wetland. The boardwalk also includes a signage system that mark points of interest and provide educational information regarding the plant and animal species that can be observed in this rare ecosystem.

The majority of Woodman Fen is covered by up to six feet of black muck and peat. Because peat is a soft and easily compressible substrate, dirt or gravel walking trails are not practical access routes through the wetland.

That said, there is a .6-mile loop nature trail. Be aware, the loop is messy! However, it offers an up-close look at some of the best birding in the region.

The 7 mile long Iron Horse Trail connects Centerville’s Iron Horse Park to the South with Creekside Trail to the north using a combination of trail, shared roadway, and a wide sidewalk. Along the way, the trail passes by the northern border of Woodman Fen near the Woodman Drive intersection. Exit the trail at Woodbine Ave to reach the park entrance.
From Woodman Fen webpage

No restroom facilities.

Wheelchair accessible boardwalk.