Ohio has lost the vast majority of its wetlands to human development. And yet, wetlands purify water, prevent flooding and provide habitat for wildlife and recreation for people.
The 136-acre Creekside Reserve in Beavercreek is bordered by U.S. Route 35 to the south, the paved Creekside Trail on the north and Fairfield Road and Factory Road on the west and east respectively.
Excellent hiking paths with occasional observation decks provide views of Little Beaver Creek, a small fen, a flood plain forest, meadow, upland prairie, constructed wetland and scrub habitats. Visitors may see deer, coyote, woodchuck, rabbit and a plethora of birds and plant life.
Parking is available at EJ Nutter Park and Girl Scout Community Park, where a trail spur connects to Creekside Reserve. The entrance to Creekside Reserve is a very short distance to the west and plainly marked.
Hiking, nature study, photography, no facilities.
GPS: N 39 42.724 W 84 02.012