The Pickaway County Park District is pleased to announce we have opened over 2 miles of new, natural surface walking paths through Metzger Preserve. Also, the Park District contracted with Darby Creek Field and Flowers to help beautify and restore the prairies in the preserve with thousands of native wildflowers. Later this summer and fall, these wildflower patches should be mature and add significant color and diversity to the preserve.
You can walk the 1.0 mile perimeter trail and enjoy shade part of the time, or, you can go to the west end of the preserve and go through our big gate and stroll under the canopy next to Deer Creek, This is our .6 mile Indian Rock Trail. It’s along the south end of this trail, when Deer Creek water levels are low, that you can see the unique geological features called “concretions”. This area is excellent for fishing and floating on those hot summer days. Bring your kayak or wading shoes. We have educational programs too. Watch our website; pickawaycountyparks.org for the latest offerings.
Metzger Preserve would not have been a reality without a Clean Ohio Conservation Fund grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission. The Park District was glad to partner with the Public Works Commission in purchasing and restoring this beautiful, 52 acre, natural area, along Deer Creek.
Metzger Preserve is located in the village of Williamsport, adjacent to the village’s Ballard Avenue Park. Follow the Metzger Preserve signs on State Route 22 in Williamsport to find the park, or Google, 9 Ballard Avenue, Williamsport, Ohio 43164. Once in Ballard Park, follow the road down the hill, and you will see our big sign and beautiful view of the prairie.
- Grant program provides improvements to Pickaway County Parks - April 14, 2022
- Fishing in Pickaway County Parks District - August 11, 2021
- New trails and wildflowers highlight Metzger Preserve - June 10, 2021