Garbry Big Woods has over 170 acres with 2.2 miles of trail. It’s a wonderful place for group outings, 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

Garbry Big Woods Reserve is a great place for group outings, fishing and hiking. The Reserve provides three picnic shelters, which can be reserved by calling the Park District office. 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 on 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 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.

Activities

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

Natural Features 

  • 272 Acres
  • Fishing and wildlife ponds
  • Woodlands
  • Lost CreekPrairie

Facilities

  • Picnic Areas
  • 2.2 miles of trail
  • Shelters with electricity

Shelters are available for use during regular park hours and may be reserved by calling the Miami County Park District at 937-335-6273. Plan ahead! Shelters fill quickly. You may view the procedures for reserving a shelter on our permit page. 

  • 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
  • Discovery Night Hike
  • Owls & Howls
  • Girls Scouts "Cadette - Tree"
  • Holiday Archery Shoot
  • Intermediate Archery - Multi Day Classes - FULL
  • Advanced Archery
  • FULL - Eco-Splorers & Eco-Tots "Water Week" Camp
  • Holiday Archery Shoot
  • Beginning Archery - Single Day Class
  • Bookmobile "Birds and Their Houses"
  • Garbry Big Woods Trail Run
  • Intermediate Archery - Multi Day Classes
  • Beginning Archery - Single Day Class - FULL
  • Holiday Archery Shoot
  • Holiday Archery Shoot
  • Intermediate Archery - Single Day Class
  • Beginning Archery - Multi Day Class - FULL
  • Holiday Archery Shoot
  • Girl Scouts "Cadette - Night Owl"
  • Dog Social "Summer Dog Olympics"
  • Bookmobile "Bats Need Homes Too"
  • Advanced Archery
  • Intermediate Archery - Single Day Class - FULL