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Fly with the Trolls at Aullwood Audubon

Fly with the Trolls at Aullwood Audubon

There are giants hiding in the woods in southwest Ohio…but don’t worry, they’re friendly giants!

Bibbi from The Troll That Hatched an Egg: An Exhibition by Thomas Dambo at Aullwood Audubon in Dayton

Fly with the Trolls at Aullwood Audubon

By Heather Rader

Posted On: Jan 21, 2022

Giant trolls are nestled amongst the trees of Aullwood Audubon near Dayton. Created by world-renowned recycle artist, Thomas Dambo, the troll exhibition, "The Troll That Hatched an Egg," pays tribute to Dayton's aviation history.

Bodil Troll statue from The Troll That Hatched an Egg: An Exhibition by Thomas Dambo at Aullwood Audubon in Dayton
Bodil Troll

The giant trolls, Bo, Bodil and Bibbi, and their troll-sized bird nest are made from locally sourced recyclable materials and are a permanent exhibit created especially for Aullwood Audubon. The wooden trolls are expected to remain intact for approximately five years until they decompose and return to the earth.

"The Troll That Hatched an Egg" is one of only nine Dambo-created exhibitions in the United States and Puerto Rico, making this Ohio exhibition truly special!

Bo troll statue from The Troll That Hatched an Egg: An Exhibition by Thomas Dambo at Aullwood Audubon in Dayton
Bo Troll

Visitors can view the giant trolls by hiking throughout Aullwood's nature sanctuary and farm. Be sure to read the entire "The Troll That Hatched an Egg" story at the nature center or farm discovery center before your hike, then have fun searching the woods for giants!

The 1.3-mile Troll Trail is the optimal route for viewing all three trolls and their nest, trail maps are provided at the nature center and trail signs direct hikers to each troll.

Plan 2-3 hours to view all three trolls and the nest, which is approximately 3 miles round trip on foot. The trolls can only be viewed via the hiking trails which are primitive and can be muddy, steep, and uneven. Wear sturdy shoes/boots and dress appropriately for the weather. 

Remember to stay on the trails to protect local plants and wildlife, do not climb on the trolls and do not collect anything from the property as the trolls, animals and insects need the leaves, moss, twigs, and lichen for food.

young woman in red flannel hugging leg of Bibbi troll statue from The Troll That Hatched an Egg: An Exhibition by Thomas Dambo at Aullwood Audubon in Dayton
Hugging Bibbi Troll

Be sure to hug the trolls as all trolls love to be hugged!

"The Troll That Hatched an Egg" exhibition is included in the admission cost to Aullwood Audubon. Visitors can easily spend the day exploring Aullwood's nature center, farm discovery center, wildlife sanctuary and hiking the Troll Trail.

Hiking the Troll Trail is fun for the entire family, what better way to enjoy Ohio's natural beauty than by exploring a unique art exhibit and viewing adorable giant trolls!

For more outdoor things to do in Ohio, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.

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