Kinnikinnick Fen Nature Preserve
550 Crouse Chapel Road
Kinnikinnick Fen is a 154 acre wetland complex situated along Kinnikinnick Creek in Green Township. A "fen" is a type of wetland (along with bogs, swamps, and marshes) that is fed by spring water that is mineral rich and alkaline, rather than containing the acidic water that you find in most of the other wetland types. As a result of the unusual alkaline water chemistry, several threatened plant species are found here, along with a couple of Ohio Threatened animals...Kirtland's snake and the Spotted turtle.
The Kinnikinnick Fen is a recent acquisition of the Ross County Park District, and development of the preserve is still underway, although it is now open to the public.
The preserve features a 1.8 mile walking path that follows Kinnikinnick Creek, and passes through picturesque wetlands, woods, and newly planted (April, 2017) wildflower fields that were formerly in agriculture. Three observation decks offer wonderful views of Kinnikinnick Creek and oxbow wetlands.