Pearl’s Fen is a peat wetland containing a rich diversity of plant and animal life that is maintained by springs that emerge from nearby glacial deposits. Visitors can view the diverse wetland area from a boardwalk and access nearby Oakes Quarry via a connector trail.

Trail Description:

Unpaved parking lot, gravel path that leads to boardwalk.

About Pearl’s Fen

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Location Description

4535 Byron Rd, Fairborn, OH 45324

Coordinates 39.817646707595905, -83.98401820869843

What to see

A bridge overlooks the springs — visitors can see the cold clear spring water gushing up and forming the headwaters of Beaver Creek!

August and September are spectacular for blooming prairie and fen flowers.

The diversity of habitats on the property make it a popular destination for birders and nature lovers.

A 0.7 mile trail leads visitors along Pearl’s Run to a forested limestone escarpment. From the back of this trail walkers can take the connecting trail to Fairborn’s Oakes Quarry Park.

Amenities

Wetland Fact

Fens Flow, Bogs don’t. A fen is a peat wetland formed by flowing alkaline spring water and vegetation that requires these conditions. A bog is a still pond left by a glacier that slowly fills in over time with peat formed by acidic-loving vegetation. Ohio’s bogs are in the northeastern portion of the State.

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Pearl’s Fen

Pearl's Fen is a peat wetland containing a rich diversity of plant and animal life that is maintained by springs that emerge from nearby glacial deposits. Visitors can view the diverse wetland area from a boardwalk and access nearby Oakes Quarry via a connector trail.

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Oakes Quarry Park

Conservation work at Oakes Quarry has restored prairies and wetlands where they once naturally occurred, before mining operations stripped the limestone for cement production. Pearl's Fen can be accessed from Oakes Quarry.

2 Miles
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Cemex Reserve

Cemex Reserve, located at the northern end of the Beaver Creek Wetlands, is a recently restored conservation site. After mining efforts ended, original drain patterns were restored and the marsh and prairies now flourish for local birds, amphibians, and many more local wildlife.

1.2 miles
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Community Park

Fairborn’s Community Park has much to offer with two restored prairies, over 40 acres of forest, several wetland areas and vernal pools, a five acre pond, as well as fitness trails and sports courts. Get outside and active while surrounded by these beautiful natural areas!

2 Miles
Handicap Accessible
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Valle View Reserve

Not Handicap Accessible
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James P. Amon Biodiversity Reserve

Containing the largest open water marsh in the Beaver Creek wetland corridor, Amon Reserve is a haven for migrating birds. A trail loops through the eastern side of the reserve, but the western side is a wildlife reserve, without access. Hike the 1 mile loop and visit the observation deck for amazing views of the marsh.

1.7 Miles
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Koogler Wetland/Prairie Reserve

Koogler Preserve features the only large swamp in the Beaver Creek Wetland corridor, visit and explore the boardwalk and observation deck to see the diverse swamp ecosystem.

0.7 Miles
Not Handicap Accessible
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Beaver Creek Wildlife Area

Containing 5 restored wetland areas, many different types of wetland ecosystems can be observed at the Beaver Creek Wildlife Area. The area has been studied by scientists for restoration methods of wetlands. Visit to explore swamps, marshes, fens and more!

0.75 Miles
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Siebenthaler Fen

Siebenthaler Fen offers an accessible 1 mile trail with many opportunities for wildlife viewing. The unique boardwalk is made from recycled plastic and fiberglass, and includes an observation tower for a birds-eye view of the wetlands.

1 Mile
Handicap Accessible
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Dane Mutter Prairie

The upland prairie here was purchased and planted with native plants in 2011. You can enjoy this prairie in peak bloom during mid- to late-summer. The observation deck provides elevated views and educational panels.

1.1 mile loop
Handicap Accessible
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Philips Park & Beaver Creek Wetlands Nature Reserve

Used as both a research location and hiking spot, Phillips and Rotary Parks offer picnic spots and a catch and release fishing pond, as well as hiking trails throughout both areas.

1.26 miles
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Rotary Park

This large city park includes a trailhead to the Spotted Turtle Trail and a newly restored native prairie (coming soon).

< 0.25 mile
Not Handicap Accessible
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Creekside Reserve

At Creekside reserve, native species are beginning to return to the Little Beaver Creek, thanks to many volunteers and organizations working in this wetland that borders US Route 35. Visit on foot or bike the dedicated bikeway!

3.5 Miles
Handicap Accessible
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Monarch Waystation

The Monarch Waystation is situated along the bike path, with easy access from the parking lot at Beavercreek Station. Visitors can see many blooms and insects in the summer months.

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Hagenbuch Reserve

(Limited public access.)

0 mi
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Zimmerman Prairie State Nature Preserve

Zimmerman Prairie is a remnant of an extensive prairie fen which occurred in the outwash-filled valleys of Beaver Creek in western Ohio.

(no public access; no hiking trails)

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