Hayden Falls is a small park of Hayden Drive next to the Scioto River. The whole park is a wooden boardwalk from the parking lot to a small waterfall. At the beginning of the trail is where you’ll find the most inflorescences. Once you start walking the trail, you’ll find yourself under a canopy of various trees. Looking to your left and right you’ll see flowing rivers and lots of poison hemlock. Let’s take a walk through Hayden Falls.

Map of Hayden Falls

Let’s start our walk with the first plants you’ll see, some astounding Asteraceae!

False sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides

Fun fact: False sunflowers grow around 3-5 feet! They attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds while being a deterrent to deer!

Fun fact: New England asters are mostly found in meadows with moist soil, but they can be found on roadsides, swamps, abandoned areas, and many more!

Next we’ll see some trees!

Rock elm Ulmus thomasii
Osage orange Maclura pomifera

Fun Fact: Osage orange was commonly used by Native Americans and early pioneers. Its wood was important to make wagons and hubs because of its decay resistance.

Now, a walk past the shrubs.

Burning bush Euonymus alatus
Amur honeysuckle Lonicera maackii

Fun fact: Amur honeysuckle is invasive to Ohio! We don’t want it here. It was brought here to use ornamentally.

Eek! Stay away! Poison ivy!

Poison ivy Toxicodendron radicans