NOT OPEN: A WORK IN PROGRESS
Located at the northwest corner of Barlow and Stow roads, this future Metro Park is in the engineering phase.
All but three acres of this 150-acre park – best described as rolling with small wetlands – were donated to Metro Parks in 2009. When it opens, don't look for deep, wooded ravines as the the name might suggest. Instead, try to spot large beech and sugar maple trees that have died and rotted from the inside out. These "wood hollows" are habitat for a variety of wildlife: insects, nesting birds, bats and other small mammals.
The woods also contain swamp and pin oaks, swamp buttercup, milkweed and liverworts. Many common bird species are visible, like nuthatches, chickadees, woodpeckers and hawks. On warm spring days, amphibians can be heard calling from vernal pools.
Plans for the 150-acre park include a primitive trail and small parking lot, similar to what visitors to the Daffodil Trail lot in Furnace Run Metro Park have come to enjoy.