Nature Notes: Waterfalls and Metro Parks

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Don't go chasing waterfalls

Apprently, the abnormally dry conditions around central Ohio have left local waterfalls bone dry - bad news for those who aim to frolic beneath them this summer.

From The Dispatch:

Hayden Falls isn't -- falling, that is.

The kids were crestfallen. They had come to watch the water cascade over the rock face into the pool 25 feet below.

But a waterless waterfall doesn't leave much to behold.

The disappearing Northwest Side waterfall is among several across Ohio that have dried up this summer.

To the south, waterfalls sprinkled across the Hocking Hills are running on empty, as well.

A lack of rain, coupled with a dwindling groundwater table that nourishes springs that feed some falls, is the culprit.

Once-scenic vistas of plunging water have been reduced to, well, dry rock cliffs.

At Hayden Falls, babysitter Kara Culp, 20, of Dublin, brought her charges, Julia Love, 10, and Spencer Love, 9, to see the waterfall for the first time yesterday.

They will have to return some other time.

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Heather Starck, director of the Grange Audubon Center to open on the Whittier Peninsula in early 2009

Whittier Peninsula park to be called Scioto Audubon

The 84-acre green space along Whittier Street, west of Front St., will be named Scioto Audubon Metro Park, as the park involves a joint effort between Audubon Ohio and the Columbus Metro Parks.

It's not technically open (?), but you can hike the trails, watch birds, fish along the new boat docks and launch a boat into the fishable waters. It's the 15th Metro Park in the system.

When it opens officially, the park will include numerous wetland cells; extended hiking and biking trails; picnic grounds; and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, an educational and recreational birding center.

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