A waterfront treasure in Galena

Do you ever find yourself craving a scenic, peaceful water view? I do – maybe because I grew up on Long Island with a bay for my backyard. Here in Ohio, water views aren’t as plentiful, but they are just as appreciated.

On a recent sunny January Sunday, our family headed to one of our favorite outdoor treasures – 1,500 feet of boardwalk jutting out over the Hoover reservoir. The site is known as Hoover Mudflats, a rather unflattering name for such a picturesque and lovely place. We love it there! Pictures don’t quite do it justice, so here’s a video of Zoe and her daddy enjoying the pier.

There’s something so soothing about being surrounded by water on all sides and hearing nothing but waves lapping and the sounds of birds. We even heard owls hooting from the shore. I’m always shocked by how few people seem to know about this great place, although it’s known as an Audubon hotspot for birdwatching.

It’s also easy to find, especially with blogger/photographer Heather Dugan‘s handy-dandy Google map with directions.

Save this one for the next sunny day. I think you’ll love the Galena mudflats in any season, just like we do.

What’s your favorite central Ohio natural treasure? I’d love to know in the comments below.

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  1. Thanks for the tip – this looks like a great park! I love to birdwatch with my six year old.

    We like Blendon Woods for their trail out to the bird blinds. Even in winter you can see lots of colorful ducks and woodpeckers.

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