B-W Greenway Places
Our land trust has preserved 16 properties in the B-W Greenway. These properties total nearly 500 acres of permanently preserved areas including some of the area's finest natural treasures.
Special Places in the B-W Greenway
Estel Wenrick Wetlands Nature Preserve
The northern “emerald” of the land inside the B-W Greenway is the Estel Wenrick Wetland. Spend an afternoon roaming 144 rich acres of high quality wetlands and woodlands. The Wetland trails provide paths through the preserve so that hikers, bird watchers, and nature lovers can enjoy and explore this undisturbed natural environment. The Wetlands is a refuge for wildlife and features many thriving species of indigenous Ohio waterfowl like the Great Blue Heron and the Wood Duck. The American Beaver makes its home there as well, making even better natural habitat for the Wetland’s plants and animals. It is flourishing with over 200 identified plant species, including the endangered Eastern Prairie Fringe Orchid, which blooms proudly among the vibrant flora.
In early spring, a large heron rookery at the Wenrick Wetlands is visible from Spangler Road where as many as sixty Great Blue Heron nests rest in the branches of two large trees.
The use of Estel Wenrick Wetlands as a teaching nature preserve should take into account that it is first an area of high quality wetlands and its recreation uses are secondary. Please stay on designated trails!
Anderson Fen is a 8 acre wetland owned and currently undergoing restoration by the B-WGCLT. It is also being used as a geological teaching and research area by Wittenburg University.
Hebble Creek Wetlands is a 64 acre wetland owned by the Greene County Park District that is fed by and drains to the Hebble Creek. It serves as a sanctuary and rookery for water fowl.
Located in northwest Greene County is a two acre island of organic soil saturated with alkaline spring water. Nearly 170 species of plants have been identified within the fen community, most of which are considered wetland plants.
Located in Fairborn just off 675, Garland Wetlands is another public conservation easement, which is planning to be connected to Valle View and have a boardwalk trail and a parking lot added.