Wagtail Trail

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Trail Distance: 2 miles
Time Estimate: 50 min
Elevation Gain: 104 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: No
Description
The Wagtail Trail is one of three inside the Battelle-Darby Metro Park just south of Columbus, Ohio. Popular with dog-lovers, the 2-mile loop is a pawrfect trail for a short walk along pleasant Darby Creek. Leashes are required in the rest of the park, but your pooch can remain off-leash on this trail.

The trailhead for the Wagtail is located on Georgesville-Wrightsville Road just outside Georgesville Village, about 1.6 miles from Darby Creek, and offers free parking. The trail features a grassy, sometimes dirt, natural surface which is kind to the pooch's paws and easy to walk on for you. This is an even path, without protruding rocks or roots, and meanders through woodland where there are about 90 species of birds. In fact, this trail and park are favorites for birders who count the flocks annually. Warblers, robins and woodpeckers share the air and trees with turkey vultures and other hawks. The birds' continual twittering and tweeting will perk Fido's ears as he tracks animals like coyotes and deer with his nose to the ground. 

The Darby Creek is close to many sections of the Wagtail, and pups are free to take a swim with some of the 50 species of fish that live there. A huge, split live oak sits at the side of the path and invites hikers to come in and peer out or take shelter from bad weather. Wetlands and ponds fascinate Fido with their waterfowl and amphibians, and the peace that can be found on this trail is irreplaceable! There's even a field that hikers pass that contains bison, many of them standing near the secure fence constructed to confine them and keep them out of trouble. Be sure to keep a close eye on your furry bestie and replace the leash if there's the least sign of problems.

Wildflowers decorate the landscape during warmer seasons of the year, and shallow snow doesn't deter hikers and their canine kiddos from exploring this pretty, charming area. Your pup will love the Wagtail Trail, any time of year!

Trail Features
Muddy, Forest, River, Easy Incline, Wetland, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

This trail crosses through wetlands near Darby Creek. After a heavy rain, much of the trail is muddy, so be prepared with boots and a towel to clean your pup's feet.

Address
3344 Georgesville-Wrightsville Rd
Grove City, OH 43123
Hours
Mon 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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Address
3344 Georgesville-Wrightsville Rd
Grove City, OH 43123
Hours
Mon 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM