Sawmill Wetlands Educational Area is an Oasis off Sawmill Road

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The Sawmill Wetlands Educational Area is a small nature oasis in the middle of the busy Sawmill Road shopping area!

boardwalk path in the Sawmill Wetlands Columbus Ohio

I have a running list of things to see and places to go, but sometimes I just zoom in and out on Google Maps and look for something interesting – green spaces, parks, hidden gems, etc.! And this is one of those times. I ran across a random green area in the middle of the big box shopping area that is Sawmill Road.

boy walking the path in the Sawmill Wetlands Education Area

After some zooming in and Google searching I discovered that the Sawmill Wetlands were once endangered and were saved after a 7 year fight against development. The wetlands reopened to the public after that time period in 2018.

mourning dove feeding at a bird feeder

The park is open from dawn to dusk and covers 17.5 acres. It is made up, mostly, of a boardwalk trail. There are 20 bird feeders and houses along the paths as well as benches for sitting and enjoying the sounds and sights of nature. “The Hill” area has been planted with trees to extend the forest and in May 2020 the east side of the hill had been seeded to become a pollinator prairie.

Monarch Waystation at Sawmill Wetlands Educational Area, Columbus, Ohio

We visited in the fall, just past peak leaf color and definitely past the time to see the pollinator gardens that surround the parking lot! We will definitely need to plan a trip back in the spring or summer to see the Sawmill Wetlands in full bloom!

boardwalk trail at Sawmill Wetlands

My kids were excited to see a bunny hop along the path as soon as we got there. Though we didn’t see any, online I saw people post pictures of deer they have seen in the park!  The wetlands weren’t very “wet” due to our dry summer, I’m guessing. It will be interesting to come back in the spring to see how things change!

bird feeder at Sawmill Wetlands

From the Birding in Ohio website I learned that the Sawmill Wetlands has “a breeding population of smallmouth salamanders and a type of insect (a midge) that has not been recorded anywhere else in Ohio.”

boardwalk trail and bird feeder at Sawmill Wetlands

The entrance and decent sized parking lot is on Sawmill Place Blvd.  When you park in the lot and face the Wetlands, we took the entrance to the left. It will lead immediately to the boardwalk. The entrance on the right begins as a grass trail. 

boy walking the boardwalk trail at Sawmill Wetlands

If you’re looking for a nature break in the middle of shopping or want a smaller, more manageable hike for young kids, definitely check out the Sawmill Wetlands Educational area!

two boys walking on the boardwalk trail at Sawmill Wetlands Educational Area in Columbus, Ohio

 

Know Before You Go:

Address: 2638-2674 Sawmill Place Blvd Columbus, OH 43235 
Parking: parking lot on the premises 
Hours: Dawn to Dusk

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