Millennially Speaking: Exploring The Urban Preserve

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve, located in the City of Troy gives you a little peace and nature in the city.

The winter season brought sub-zero temperatures to Ohio but with Summer on the horizon warmer temperatures have pushed me outside. I wanted to take advantage of the warmer air and get outdoors to enjoy nature. A perfect way to enjoy to appreciate nature around Troy, Ohio is to visit the Hobart Urban Nature Preserve. Hobart Urban for Blog1

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve is located on 80 acres of land in the heart of Troy, Ohio. The two-mile trail allows for ample bird-watching, leisurely walks and observing nature, making sure there is something for everyone. According to Miami County Parks website, “Hobart offers an escape for city dwellers along with unique welded sculptures donated from the collection of the Hobart Welding Institute.” Hobart Urban for Blog2_edited-1

To find the Hobart Urban Nature Preserve, you almost have to stumble upon it. Located off of Dorset Road, the preserve entry is bordered by Oak trees. While looking over the prairie, four welded steel modernist sculptures will catch your eye. Sculptures named Eclipse, Split II, Weldicon, and Trinity, were donated from the collection of the Hobart Welding Institute and were placed in four distinct habitats. My personal favorite aspect is that two out of the four world-renowned steel artists are from Troy.

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The amount of public green space in the Miami Valley is truly astonishing. Get out there and use it!



Alicia Frandsen originally hails from Indianapolis and is a proud graduate of Miami University. After spending a few years in Nashville working in sports management, she returned to her Midwestern roots by moving back to Ohio. She lives in Troy, where she works for a community foundation and is eager to show the world that even though someone lives in a small town, it doesn’t mean their world is small.