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Osage Orange Tunnel

Forest in Sugarcreek MetroPark

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If you’ve hiked in one of the MetroParks at dusk or at night, chances are you’ve heard the “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” call of the barred owl. See if you can spot this forest resident roosting during the day on your next visit through the Osage orange tunnel at Sugarcreek MetroPark. This living tunnel was created by the large arching branches of old Osage orange trees. These trees were originally planted in rows in the late 1800s to serve as farm fence in the days before barbed wire was available. Hike the 1.3-mile Orange Trail to experience the tunnel in the evening hours, when you might be able to spot the owl.