Location8405 Plumb Road, Galena, OH 43021
Length of Trail0.6-miles
Hours of OperationTrail open at all times to allow for commuting
The 0.6-mile Hoover Scenic Trail extends from Plumb Road to Weise Road south of the village of Galena. The trail crosses Old 3C Highway via a bicycle and pedestrian bridge, and runs along the shore of Hoover Reservoir, through the Hoover Nature Preserve (owned by the City of Columbus).
There is a five-car parking area at the trail entrance along Plumb Road. The Hoover Scenic Trail connects on the south to the Genoa Trail, a 4-mile segment of the Ohio to Erie Trail that traverses a corner of Char-Mar Ridge Preserve and connects to a network of multi-use trails in Westerville.
Wildlife along the trail:
As walkers and bicyclist travel the trail, they might spot any of the following: white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail rabbit, eastern chipmunk, eastern gray squirrel, fox squirrel, red squirrel, woodchuck, American beaver, muskrat, coyote, red fox, raccoon, and striped skunk.
Birds that have been observed along the trail in the Hoover Nature Preserve area number more than 220 species, including prothonotary warblers; a large percentage of Ohio's prothonotary warbler population breeds at the northern end of Hoover Reservoir. Other birds of special interest to be seen from the bike trail as it follows the shore of Hoover Reservoir are bald eagle, osprey and cliff swallows.
From late July through early November the water level at Hoover Reservoir usually recedes exposing vast mudflats which attract migrating shorebirds, including American avocet and marbled godwit.
Through the forested areas, one can encounter wild turkey, black-billed cuckoo, yellow-billed cuckoo, Eastern screech-owl, great horned owl, barred owl, red-headed woodpecker, and numerous migrating warblers. This section of the trail was opened to the public in 2010.
DISCOVER THE OHIO TO ERIE TRAIL
The Hoover Scenic Trail is one of three segments of the Ohio to Erie trail administered by Preservation Parks. When completed, the Delaware County section of the Ohio to Erie trail will provide a continuous route running northeast from Westerville to the Licking County Line. The Ohio to Erie Trail will ultimately extend about 320 miles from Cincinnati to Cleveland. For more information on the Ohio to Erie Trail, click on these links:
- http://www.dcft.org (Delaware County Friends of the Trail)
- http://www.ohiotoerietrail.org (Ohio to Erie Trail)