Hayden Falls Park

Hayden Falls is located within Griggs Nature Preserve on the West side of the Scioto River. A man-made boardwalk and steps were created around 2006 in order to help the public experience the reserve but also protect it. The park/reserve is a unique, gorge habitat that is only found along the western shore of the Scioto River. The habitat is home to a 35-foot waterfall, stream/pond, and both rare and endangered plants (as well as a very lonely Mallard who you may come across if you visit).

Link to Park Website: https://www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/parks/Hayden-Falls-Nature-Preserve/

Map of Location

4326 Hayden Run Rd, Dublin, OH 43017

Allergenic Plants

Poison Ivy / Toxicodendron radicans

The first thing I spotted while walking down the steps of the trail was the prominent amount of poison ivy. With its leaves of three, small green berries, and aerial roots that cling onto the fallen tree, it is quite easy to distinguish. Thankfully, the boardwalk allows visitors to walk over anything harmful, including the poison ivy that was covering the grounds.

Trees

Box Elder / Acer negundo

Here is an example of what a Box Elder leaf looks like. Even though it doesn’t look like a “normal” maple leaf, it is part of the maple family! The leaves of Boxelder are odd-pinnate with three to five leaflets, with the main leaflet only having three lobes (as pictured).  (https://www.tree-guide.com/boxelder)

White Ash / Fraxinus americana

Pawpaw / Asimina triloba 

Fun fact: Pawpaw fruit tastes like a cross between mango and banana and even though it may look tropical, it is actually indigenous to North America. Due to an increase in curiosity, the fruit has been difficult to find in order to do a proper taste test (https://www.foodandwine.com/lifestyle/pawpaw-fruit-history-facts#:~:text=And%2C%20farmers%20are%20also%20starting,actually%20indigenous%20to%20North%20America).

 

Shrubs/Woody Vines

Amur Honeysuckle / Lonicera maackii

Multiflora Rose / Rosa multiflora

Flowering Plants

Orange Jewelweed / Impatiens capensis

Unfortunately, due to the boardwalk, I could not get a closer view of the flowers that were budding, but I highly recommend looking up Orange Jewelweed to see what the flowers look like! One fun fact about Jewelweed is that it can be used as a quick, natural remedy to poison ivy and stinging nettle if you come across them on a hike. They also tend to grow fairly close to one another, making it an easy find! (https://www.outdoornews.com/2018/08/23/jewelweed-a-natural-remedy-for-poison-ivy-stinging-nettles/)

Great Blue Lobelia / Lobelia siphilitica

Again, due to the boardwalk, I could not get closer to many of the flowering plants, resulting in not the greatest of pictures for these plants. I also highly recommend looking up the Great Blue Lobelia to get a better look at what the flowers look like! There is also more Orange Jewelweed growing around this flower, as you can see small orange flowers in the background.

Wingstem / Verbesina alternifolia

Small-flowered Leafcup / Polymnia canadensis 

This plant was not currently flowering, but it grows small white or yellow flowers during its blooming season from mid-summer to fall. This was the first time I’ve seen a small-flowered leafcup plant, as I previously didn’t know what it was. Hopefully next time I see one I get to see it flowering! (https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/leafcup.htm)