We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Delaware County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks.
The 115 acre Seymour Woods Nature Preserve in Liberty Township is known, among other things, for being an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The acreage was donated to the State of Ohio in 1972 by Columbus attorney James O. Seymour, and contains 1.8 miles of hiking trails. Deep ravines cut into shale cliffs in the park, and there are both heavily wooded ridge tops and open fields. As the topography changes, so does the type of tree — from oaks in the high ground to elms, maples, and willows lower down.
Bird watchers enjoy the area as well, as do lovers of Ohio wildflowers.
There are treasures hidden inside the Preserve, including the Seymour Family cabin (not open) and the Avery Powers Homested site.
Avery Powers, Sr. was one of the earliest settlers from the east to arrive in Delaware County, settling along the banks of the Olentangy in 1801. He saw service in the War of 1812 and died in September 1813. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware.
The Preserve is open from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Pets are not permitted, and no restrooms are available. Guests are asked to remain on designated trails.
Directions: On US-23 about 8 miles north of I-270; proceed west on Winter Road; the preserve is located .75 mile on the right. Park outside the gate and walk to the trails.