Located just west of Dublin (between Dublin and Plain City), is the Glacier Ridge Metro Park. The park was named for the ridge which was left behind after the glaciers receded over 12,000 years ago. Prior to becoming a metro park, the site was used for agricultural purposes, after years of resource management, the land has returned to its natural state. With 1,037 acres of grasslands, wetlands, woods, and fields, this natural habitat has become home to a diverse number of plant and wildlife species. While exploring the park trails, visitors can spot birds, waterfowl, mammals, insects, amphibians, and numerous plant species. This beautiful park welcomes visitors to explore Ohio’s nature with two diverse park sections.
The north (main) entrance to Glacier Ridge Metro Park features picnic areas, paved and graveled trails, a bridle trail and arena, a 20-acre disc golf course, and the Wind & Solar Learning Center. The trails are perfect for bicyclists, inline skating, jogging, walking, and dogs. My dog, Izzy and I love the paved trails and enjoy spotting the numerous bird and wildlife species which may cross our path!
The Wind and Solar Learning Center features a 7.5 kw wind turbine and two 1.2 kw photovoltaic solar displays that are connected to generate power to a public restroom and shelter area. The center also features an interactive learning area for park visitors whom are interested in wind and solar energy.
My favorite time to visit Glacier Ridge Metro Park is about an hour prior to sunset. With unobstructed views of the sun, visitors are treated to gorgeous sunsets while enjoying the nature surrounding them!
Two miles south of the main entrance, is the Honda Wetland Education Area. This portion of the park features more trails, 180-acres of wetlands, boardwalks throughout the wetlands, an outdoor shelter classroom, and a 25-foot tall observation tower. This area encourages visitors to spot the numerous bird and waterfowl species that inhabit the park.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park is the perfect place to escape the nearby city, to enjoy nature and to marvel at beautiful sunsets!
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