Shale Hollow Preserve

190 acres
Click here for Shale Hollow Master Plan (August 2013)(5.8mb)

Located in a rapidly growing area of Liberty and Orange townships, Shale Hollow Preserve is named for the curve in the tributary to the Olentangy State Scenic River that runs through the park, and for the shale evident in the cliff walls and stream bed.

The Shale Hollow stream winds along a twisting corridor consisting of 20 to 40-foot-tall shale cliffs and a stream bed. You can see many remnants of concretions (round rock formations) in the cliffs and along the stream bed. There are also intermittent waterfalls in the park.

Visitors will see a mature white oak forest in the eastern half of the park, along with large stands of hickory and maple. Spring wildflowers include the large white trillium, blue cohosh, and yellow-trout lily. Wildlife you might encounter include: a large assortment of birds, such as barred owls and pileated woodpeckers; migrating neo-tropical songbirds, such as the hooded warbler and Acadian flycatcher; whitetail deer, raccoons and coyotes; and amphibians, such as the two-lined salamander.

The park land was acquired gradually, from 2004 to 2014, through a combination of park levy funds, grants and loans.

NOTE: Leashed dogs are allowed on the Great Horned Owl Trail, but you must clean up after your pets. "Mutt mitts" are provided at the trail heads to assist you in the clean up. Pets are NOT allowed in the creek.


  • Hiking Trails
  • Off-Trail Exploration Area
  • Multi-use Facility
  • Restrooms and Drinking Fountain

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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6320 Artesian Run
Lewis Center, OH 43035



6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center, 43035
(near Hyatts Road and US 23/Columbus Pike)

 From the north: U.S. 23 south from Delaware; pass Hyatts Road; turn right at first light (Olentangy Crossings); turn right on Artesian Run; park is straight ahead.
From the south: U.S. 23 north from Powell Road; pass Lewis Center Road; turn left at the first light (Olentangy Crossings); turn right on Artesian Run; park is straight ahead.

Within the park, Big Run – a tributary of the Olentangy River – cuts through layers of Ohio and Olentangy shale, resulting in deep ravines that include large and small concretions (solidified masses of sedimentary rock, usually rounded and harder than the surrounding rock). Mature white and red oak trees fill portions of the park, while former farm fields in other sections are now being reforested.

The woodlands are home to numerous resident and migratory birds including warblers, thrushes, tanagers, owls and woodpeckers. The site also provides breeding habitat for several species of salamanders including spotted, red-backed, Jefferson, and two-lined, and many other species of wildlife.

An off-trail exploration area affords park visitors an up-close view of the unique geologic features along the stream.