Garbry Big Woods has over 170 acres with 2.2 miles of trail. It’s a wonderful place for group outings, archery, fishing and hiking. A special feature of this park is its educational arboretum. For more information check out our tabs below! Click on the link to view the brochure map of Garbry Big Woods Reserve.

view of a path and greenary
view of a path and greenary
campers listening to a guide
campers listening to a guide
Entrance to park
Entrance to park
camper working with reeds
camper working with reeds
Archery Range
Archery Range

Starting December 2020 the fishing platform at Garbry Big Wood Reserve will be renovated.  Please bare with us while we improve your parks!  

Garbry Big Woods Reserve is a great place for group outings, archery, fishing and hiking. The Reserve provides three picnic shelters, which can be reserved by following this link. There are mowed areas around the shelters that can be used for games, picnicking and lounging. Restroom facilities are nearby. An educational arboretum is located south of the picnic shelters. This arboretum contains a variety of native Ohio trees and gives the public a chance to learn about native trees by leaf, bud or bark. There is also a stocked fishing pond that requires no fishing license. Don’t forget to explore the 2.2 miles of hiking trail.  

In keeping with the Park District’s mission of environmental protection, the restroom facility is one of the first of its kind in the state of Ohio that utilizes a wetland as its sanitary filtration system. Wetlands are known for their filtering and purification ability. The Ohio EPA, as well as other groups in the state are interested in this wetland application for sanitation use. To broaden your experience and to help protect this unique natural site, please use the pathways provided and please obey the rules of the Reserve.

Archery

The outdoor archery facility includes an accessible trail from the existing public parking area to the main archery site located within a secluded woodland stand.  Within the range, shooting lanes consist of four independent archery targets at ten, twenty, thirty and forty yard distances.  Additionally, there is a twelve-foot shooting platform with independent targets to replicate tree-stand archery skills.  The Archery Range is open during regular park hours to the general public. 

Activities

  • Archery Range
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hiking trails
  • Nature programs
  • Wildlife pond observation deck
  • Picnicking
  • Environmental education

Natural Features 

  • 272 Acres
  • Fishing and wildlife ponds
  • Woodlands
  • Lost Creek Prairie

Facilities

  • Picnic Areas
  • Archery Range
  • 2.2 miles of trail
  • Reservable shelter with electricity and a grill available for use during regular park hours and may be reserved by following this link. Plan ahead! Shelters fill quickly. 
  • Restroom facilities
  • Water fountain
  • Limited boardwalk
campers working with reeds
campers working with reeds
camper in a red fairy hat1
camper in a red fairy hat1
painted gourds hanging from shelter house
painted gourds hanging from shelter house
campers at water camp playing with bubbles
campers at water camp playing with bubbles
Archery
Archery

Miami County Park District offers many education programs throughout the year.  Below is a list of some of the programs offered at Garbry Big Woods Reserve, check out the program calendar to see what programs are coming up at the Reserve.

  • Discovery Night Hike
  • Owls & Howls
  • Beginning Archery
  • Intermediate Archery
  • Advanced Archery
  • Eco-Splorers & Eco-Tots "Water Week" Camp
  • Bookmobile
  • Garbry Big Woods Trail Run
  • Dog Social