Slate Run Metro Park webpage
Slate Run Metro Park map
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The Bobolink Grassland Trail is a 1.5-mile (3 miles including return) easy hike on grass. The trail winds through grassland and leads to an observation deck overlooking the wetlands.
The Bobolink Grassland Trail can be accessed from the Kokomo Wetland Trail or the Sugar Maple Trail. Park at the wetland lot for the former option and either at the Living Historical Farm or the Buzzard’s Roost Area for the latter. Binoculars will work for the observation deck, but a scope is better.
Tips for birding Slate Run Metro Park
Ohio Birding Day Hike: Slate Run Metro Park Trails
The entire park is “birdy” and, during the last twenty years, over 200 species of birds have been identified here! Check the Ohio Ornithological Society website for ideas on where to find birds for each of the seasons. Also, a description of specific habitat locations is included there.
About Slate Run Metro Park
Slate Run Metro Park isn’t resting on slate rock — settlers mistook the dark soil for 350-million-year-old slate. It’s actually shale, a soft rock made from clay deposited by water about 350 million years ago. Slate Run features a variety of habitats ranging from the open areas of grasslands, wetlands, and meadows to the forested areas of beech, oak, hickory and sugar maple. Red-winged blackbirds, meadowlarks, indigo bunting, belted kingfishers and numerous other birds and wildlife can be seen at the 156-acre wetlands. More than 70 species of birds have been spotted there.
The park features Slate Run Living Historical Farm where visitors can learn about and help with chores on a working 1880s farm. About 12 miles of trails wind through the fields, forests, ravines, and grasslands. Visitors will cross a restored 1800s covered bridge on one of the trails.
From Slate Run Metro Park webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Slate Run Metro Park map.