The Osage Orange Tunnel at Sugarcreek MetroPark is mysterious and unique. It's stunning no matter what the season.
The long tunnel of Osage orange at Sugarcreek was originally used as a fence, dating back to the late 1880s.
Today, it’s a special place for a hike. Along the path I met Savannah Martin of Bexley.
“I think it’s pretty and unique, and different from where we’ve been,” she said.
Martin’s hiking companion, Ryan Williams of Lancaster, agreed.
“It’s actually very beautiful, and I’ve gone hiking all over the United States, and I’ve never seen an enclosed area like this before.”
In the fall you may notice the tree’s fruit along the path. The large and bumpy yellow-green balls are commonly called hedge apples, horse apples and monkey balls.
Contrary to wives tales, these balls are not an effective repellent against spiders and other insects.
WHAT: Sugarcreek MetroPark
WHERE: 4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook
WHEN: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., April 1 – Oct. 31; 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Nov. 1 – March 31.
INFO: Website or 937-275-7275.