If you’re looking to walk through a forest to take pictures of flora and fauna, you could certainly do worse than Blacklick Woods Metro Park. The park boasts a variety of habitats, including forests, swamps, ponds, and meadows. Covering over 600 acres, there’s plenty of room for critters to roam. Depending on the time of year, you might come across owls and other birds of prey, coyotes, deer, frogs, turtles, and more. This is definitely a good place to bring a long zoom lens.
The Nature Center is a smallish building, with a couple large picture windows overlooking bird feeders and a small pond.
All of their trails are ADA accessible. About 1.5 miles of trails wend through the woods and swamps. The multipurpose trail, open to bicycles and pedestrians, carves a 4.1 mile (roundtrip) path through forest and meadows.
Their facilities include quite a few pavilions, picnic tables, and grills. For kids (and adults) to play, they provide a large playground and open fields. If you need to rent a shelter for an event, they have a few different options, including one with heat, air conditioning, a small kitchen, and more.
In all, Blacklick Woods is a great place to take pictures of wildlife (both flora and fauna), and would be fun to use as a setting for portraits.
6975 E. Livingston Avenue
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Apr-Sep, 6:30 am – 10 pm
Oct-Mar, 6:30 am – 8 pm
Mon-Fri, 12 pm – 5 pm
Sat-Sun, 10 am – 5 pm
Closing time is extended depending on the month, as late as 8 pm.
Phone: (614) 861-8759
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