Calamus Swamp Preserve - Summer Visit

Updated: Oct 23, 2020



A Columbus Audubon Preserve



Calamus Swamp Preserve

9 OH-104

Circleville, OH 43113


“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain” ― Henry David Thoreau

Calamus Swamp Preserve

A quick update on Calamus Swamp Preserve.


To see the first post on Calamus Swamp click HERE


We really enjoyed Calamus Swamp Preserve on our first trip but it was flooded, and we were unable to explore everything. We decided to go back at the end of August to see the Swamp in its full glory.


Parking Lot

The parking lot is gravel and well-kept. There is enough room for about 10-15 cars. The parking spots are not marked.

The lot can be hard to see if you are coming South down 104. It sits directly after a small woodland area. There is a sign, but the entrance is before the sign.




The prairie at the trailhead was grown up and buzzing with insect and bird activity.




The Boardwalk

The boardwalk was not flooded during this visit. The large duck blind was almost hidden from all the growth. The water was visible alongside the boardwalk.





We were able to walk the parts of the boardwalk that were completely submerged during our last visit. The swamp in this area was full of frogs. They were everywhere.




The Trail

Once the boardwalk ends you are on a natural dirt path that leads to a set of stairs. The path was nice and dry during this visit. A short distance down the trail is a set of stairs that lead to the Pickaway Trail. The Pickaway Trail is now paved. This will make the trail much easier to walk. A short distance down the paved trail is the second set of steps that leads back to Calamus Swamp Preserve.




Wildlife, Plants and Fungi

Calamus Swamp Preserve is known for having distinct plant communities that support several species of wildlife. plants and fungi.


Flowers and Plants



Amphibians



Insects



Fungi




Checklists

Calamus Swamp Preserve is unique and is home to several different plant communities. These communities support a wide variety of plants and animals.

The Columbus Audubon provides 6 different checklists:

· Birds

· Butterflies

· Mammals

· Reptiles & Amphibians

· Plants

· Other Organisms

To learn more about Calamus Swamp Preserve check out our previous post.


What You Can Expect at Calamus Swamp Preserve

Please note that park rules and regulations can change at any time. The following information was in effect for Calamus Swamp Preserve as of January 2020.


Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio







Calamus Swamp Nature Preserve

There are no bathrooms.



Calamus Swamp Nature Preserve

Great place for birding.



Calamus Swamp Nature Preserve

There are no bridges.



Calamus Swamp Nature Preserve

Concealed carry is permitted.


Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

No person who is the owner of, or person in control of dogs, horses or other pets shall permit such animals to run at large on lands referenced above.


Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

The swamp area has very little elevation changes. The 2 staircases are the only major elevation changes.


Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

Parking lot is limestone. There is enough parking for 10-15 cars. There are no specified ADA spaces.


Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

No picnic tables.


Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

No playground.



Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

One bench is located on the Pickaway Trail.




Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

There is a lot of shade.



Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

No shelter house.



Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

In most areas the trail is obvious.



Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

The boardwalk's materials vary. The trail is natural.



Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

There are no trash cans.


Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

The swamp.



Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

There are no ADA parking spaces available. This Ohio preserve is not wheel chair accessible.


Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

No boating

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Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

No fishing or hunting.



Calamus Swamp Preserve in Circleville Ohio

Special Features - The boardwalk.




Locate Calamus Swamp Preserve HERE




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