Shawnee Prairie Preserve

 Shawnee Prairie Preserve is only 10 miles from Union City. Which might just make it perfect for you next nature fix. The information below, was take directly from the Darke County Parks website.

Shawnee Prairie Preserve is Darke County Park’s largest park. There are currently about 2-1/4 miles of level trails that wind throughout the different ecosystems of the 118-acre park. Benches and observation towers at different points along the trails make visiting the park more enjoyable for visitors who wish to spend some time observing the plants and wildlife within the preserve.

The Nature Center located at Shawnee Prairie Preserve is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. Restrooms and water fountains are accessible during business hours, as well as educational displays, live animal displays, nature reference library, bird observation area, and nature gift shop.

Nonprofit organizations may reserve the Nature Center's assembly room, classroom, or meeting room for morning, afternoon, and evening meetings. Room rentals are also available for private parties. 

 It’s name--Shawnee Prairie Preserve--accurately describes a park that is steeped in a rich mix of history and native plants and wildlife.

Archeological evidence has confirmed that at least a portion of Shawnee Prairie Preserve was the site of Prophetstown, this village was founded by Tecumseh’s brother (called The Prophet) to rally fifteen woodland Indian Nations to gather here and demonstrate their living and hunting rights under the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville.


Rich in natural diversity, Shawnee features wetlands, restored prairies, two streams, a wet woods, swamp forest,and a successional area.