Category Archives: Char-Mar Nature Preserve

A More Private Public Preserve

An In-Town Tourist Feature:
…because Adventure begins in the heart and Travel starts at the end of your own driveway.


After years of tornado watches, warnings and thunderstorms, the unexpected happened: an outdoor-friendly Mother’s Day afternoon.  The forecast for 2011 had predicted the usual.  Showers.  Storms.  We scarcely dared to believe what appeared to be a clearing of the clouds but took off immediately for a nearby nature preserve to enjoy the weather gift as soon as it unfolded.

Char-Mar Nature Preserve north of Columbus, Ohio lies to the east of a popular mountain bike trail.  It has the extended quiet spells of a new and yet-to-be discovered park area. And its secluded location makes it unlikely the tract will ever experience the burgeoning trail traffic that can dispel nature on good weather days at other area parks.

The Glacier Ridge Trail is short but with enough hills and ridges amongst the woodlands and wetlands to keep it interesting. Streams wind along and beneath the trail and a newly constructed viewing blind offers panoramas of a tranquil pond.

Being Mom to three amazing young people makes any kind of Mother’s Day a treasured event.  Spending the afternoon doing my favorite thing -enjoying the outdoors, with them felt like tossing confetti into the celebration.

Updated from May 16, 2011.





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Featured Photo: On the Verge

Featured Photo: On the Verge (photo taken at Char-Mar Nature Preserve in Lewis Center, Ohio; USA)


Crab apple trees, dotted by pink, white or red buds, lined a bend of the trail we hiked at Char-Mar Nature Preserve on Mother’s Day.  Adjusting to a shallower depth of field created the background blur and nudged the closest flower buds to center stage for this photo.



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