Northwest Ohio Parks & Nature Preserves 

Northwest Ohio is blessed with many wonderful parks and state nature preserves.

Northwest Ohio parks extend from the shores of Lake Erie, along the Maumee River, and in to the different regions of the area.   There are many great places to visit.

If you are looking for recreation, hiking, research, hunting, or just a place to relax Northwest Ohio parks are a great place to be.

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Goll Woods State Nature Preserve

This Ohio state nature preserve contains the last known stand of virgin forest in Northwest Ohio.  Located in Fulton County near Archbold, Ohio Goll Woods is a must see.  The trees in this 321 acre preserve are just as they were when settlers arrived in the mid 1800s.  (read more)

Maumee State Forest

This state forest is the only state forest in Western Ohio. The forest is available for hunting, ATV and motorcycle riding (in a designated area), horseback riding, hiking, or just sight seeing.  During the winter you may see a dog sled team or two.  (read more)

Kitty Todd Preserve
Oak Savanna at Kitty Todd Preserve

Kitty Todd Preserve (my personal favorite)

Kitty Todd Preserve is the poster child for the Oak Openings Region. This preserve contains all of the rare plant communities which exist in the Oak Openings. These include sand barren, black oak savanna, sedge meadow, and wet prairie.

Every visit to Kitty Todd is a new experience as something different is in bloom each time.

Maumee Bay State Park

Maumee Bay is largest State park in Northwest Ohio. It sits right on the shores of Lake is a nice day trip or an extended stay. The accommodations are fabulous and the nature is abundant.  (read more)

Mary Jane Thurston State Park

This Ohio state park lies along the south side of the Maumee River across from Providence Metropark.  There are sections of the park between Grand Rapids, Ohio and Napoleon. Ohio.  The park is a great place to launch a boat for boating or water skiing in the summer.  It is also available for camping, hunting, biking, hiking, or picnicking.

There is also a section of the Miami and Erie Canal here.  One of the old locks can still be seen along with the Dam which extends across the river to Providence Metropark.  The Dam area is great for fishing. 

Irwin Prairie Preserve
Boardwalk through Irwin Prairie

Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve

This wonderful preserve seems to be a well kept secret.  Even some locals are not aware of where or what it is  It is adjacent to Secor Metropark and is an undisturbed portion of a large wet prairie that once covered this area. 

A 1.25 mile boardwalk extends from Bancroft street all the way in to the Grass lake area.  Irwin Prairie is full of very interesting and rare wildlife.  (read more)

The Toledo Area Metroparks are a wonderful collection of natural areas and recreational parks in Lucas County.  The Metroparks are simply fantastic.  Toledo Metroparks take a back seat to no other Ohio parks. 


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Irwin Prairie at Sunset 
This small preserve is a great place to catch a sunset. It only has one trail going through it and thats a well maintained boardwalk that ends in a elevated …

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