Scenic and Natural Areas

Forrest Woods Nature Preserve   (located near Cecil, Ohio): At 292 acres, Forrest Woods Nature Preserve is Black Swamp Conservancy’s largest owned nature preserve. This site, which is one of the finest remnants of the historic Great Black Swamp, is home to more than 30 rare, threatened and endangered species of plants and animals. Contact Black Swamp Conservancy for directions and permit information.

Flat Rock Creek Nature Preserve , (Washington Township, Paulding County, Ohio): ACRES Land Trust owns nature preserves throughout northeastern Indiana, southeastern Michigan, and this is their first preserve in northwest Ohio.

Mary Jane Thurston State Park, (Henry County, Ohio, just east of Napoleon): Part of the Ohio State Park system, this park features camping, trails, fishing, boating, and other natural and recreational activities.

Goll Woods Nature Preserve (Fulton County, near Archbold, Ohio): Goll Woods is an outstanding remnant of the Great Black Swamp, and as such, is listed as a National Natural Landmark. Owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, this site is open to the public. A trail guide and narrative history of the preserve provide additional information.

Cedar Creek Nature Areas (Allen County, Indiana): ACRES Land Trust owns several natural areas along the Cedar Creek–a major tributary of the St. Joseph River and its tributaries in northern Allen and Dekalb Counties, in Indiana. The Cedar Creek geology story involves glaciers, moraines, and stream capture as the Maumee River system formed. Preserves along the Cedar Creek include:

  • Bicentennial Woods: Old Growth forest and hilly terrain, with an outstanding trail system.
  • Dustin Preserve and ACRES office: ACRES has its offices at the Dustin Preserve, which adjoins several others along the Cedar Creek.
  • Foxfire Woods: located in the uplands near Cedar Creek, with mature forest.
  • Little Cedar Creek Wildlife Sanctuary: an Indiana state-designated Dedicated Nature Preserve located in a floodplain area divided between the St. Joseph River and Cedar Creek (Maumee Watershed) and the Eel River (Wabash Watershed).

Toledo Metroparks (Greater Toledo area): Visit Oak Openings, study Nature Photography, or take a Canal Boat ride. These and other nature experiences are available at a variety of parks in and around Toledo.

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