Oak Openings Region

Oak Openings Region

“One of America’s Last Great Places,” that’s the Nature Conservancy’s Oak Openings Region of the Maumee Valley. Its globally-rare ecosystem, covering 130 square miles of Fulton, Henry and Lucas counties, hosts more rare species of plants and animals than any other area in Ohio. The region includes state
forests, nature preserves and several Metroparks.



A landmark visible for miles is the recentlyrestored Henry County court house in Napoleon. It’s a great stop on the county’s interesting driving tour.

In the mid and late 1800s, these magnificent court houses rose above the horizon to proudly mark county seats. Most magnificent of all is in Fort Wayne.
Built in 1897 and also recently restored, it is considered on a par with the Library of Congress and the Paris Opera House. Don’t miss it.

Sauder Village

Sauder Village, a non-profit historical center near Archbold, features history, education and fun. Dozens of 19th century buildings house live demonstrations of the crafts of the time. A campground, a modern country inn, 350-seat restaurant and exhibit halls provide unique experience and hospitality, just 5 minutes from the Ohio Turnpike. Nearby attractions include the Oberhaus antique car museum, Harrison State Park and Goll Woods, a state nature preserve with the last remnants of the Great Black Swamp, with its wildflowers and 200-400 year old trees.


The John Paulding Historical Society complex tells the story of this county’s taming of the Great Black Swamp and its current agricultural heritage. Recreation opportunities, including hunting and fishing, abound in the area.