Nature Notes: Three Creeks Metro park

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

There's an enormous factory standing guard near the entrance to the Three Creeks Metro Park - not the most rustic feel, certainly - but this Groveport treasure has plenty to offer anyone looking to get away.

Bonus: The park homepage mentions that visitors could see coyote, mink, beavers and other happy forest creatures doing happy forest things.

For biking, fishing and hiking info, click inside.

Hiking and Biking First, there's a 10.4-mile paved trail that loops the park, a perfect surface to bike, walk or rollerblade through the forests, marshland and riversides that make up the 1,050-acre expanse.

Other trails include: the Bluebell Trail (1 mile), which winds through the eastern creekbeds; and the Confluence Trail (1 mile), which follows the western edge of Alum Creek.

Fishing I learned to fish at Lake Chautauqua, a quiet vacation lake in Western New York. It was great because there were many species of panfish and bass, and plenty of shore access.

There are several ponds in the area with a similar set-up. Turtle and Heron ponds, located near the park's main entrance, is a small but serene body of water perfect for the junior angler.

For those more experienced, I'd try heading out to the park's feature attraction: the confluence of Big Walnut, Alum and Blacklick creeks. Follow the Confluence Trail, and the winding streams will appear on your right-hand side, about a quarter-mile down.

Much of the creeks is quite shallow, but when they converge, there are deep pockets that could hold bass, bluegill and sunfish. There's plenty of wading access and a few stony banks mid-stream from which to cast.

I'll let you know what's biting, as I plan to head there this weekend.

More Metro Park news...

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