Big Walnut Community Trail

.6-mile walking trail

Big Walnut Community Trail extends for 2/3 of a mile along a former railroad bed in the heart of the village of Sunbury. Walkers can see a variety of interesting plants they won't find elsewhere in Preservation Parks, including horsetail and common mullein.

Watch for the catbirds, groundhogs and other wildlife as you enjoy this quiet gravel trail. Big Walnut Community Trail was donated to the Park District by Walter and Kathy Sandel in 1990.

Funding for the trail conversion was provided by a Nature Works grant. The Trailhouse, which was a former depot, was purchased in 2002.

In 2011, Preservation Parks leased the Trailhouse to the Delaware County Model Railroaders. The group has created a model railroad set-up, with multiple tracks, trains and buildings. Public open houses are held one weekend per month; Please click here for information about the Railroad Open Houses.


  • 2/3-mile Walking Path (Approximate round-trip walking time: 25 minutes)
  • Picnic Table

Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail, but you must clean up after them. Mutt-Mitts are provided to assist in the clean-up.

Hours of Operation (effective Nov. 1, 2014)

Winter Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (November 1 - February 28)

Summer Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. (March 1 - October 31)

Rules and Regulations

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168 S. Vernon St.
Sunbury, Ohio 43074