Upper Mill Creek Conservation Corridor
The Upper Mill Creek Conservation Corridor is a wetland park following the Mill Creek and the former Miami Erie Canal from State Route 747 to the Township line. It is an excellent location for bird-watching, nature exploration, and quiet reflection.
The Corridor features the 3-mile paved Port Union Historic Canal Trail from State Route 747 to Route 4. The 10-foot wide multi-purpose trail can accomodate bicycles, roller blades, walkers, and joggers and is handicapped accessible. It is accessed from Firebird Lane, off Union Centre Boulevard at the Township's western edge.
The Corridor preserves historical features relating to the canal including an aquaduct, waste weir, the foundation of an ice house, and ice ponds. It is a scenic, natural area and is home to many important plant, animal and bird species. The Corridor also preserves important floodplain property protecting the Mill Creek and allowing it to take a more natural course.
A 22-acre wetland at the West Chester Township border is a protected natural site for the enjoyment of nature.
The Upper Mill Creek Conservation Corridor project is a collaborative effort made possible by support from the Clean Ohio Fund, the Ohio EPA, The Butler County Commissioners, West Chester Township, The Butler County Engineers Office, Butler County Environmental Services, The Mill Creek Restoration Project, MetroParks of Butler County, and property owners.
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