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Birmingham School MetroPark

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General Information Brochure

Strategic Park Plan

Photo of Birmingham School MetroParkBirmingham School MetroPark is located on SR 113, just east of SR 60 in the Village of Birmingham. The MetroPark was donated to your Erie MetroParks by Florence Township in 1995. The property had originally been the site of the Birmingham School, whose original archway still stands.

The MetroPark is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to dusk year round. Several picnic tables and grills are available April through October at the MetroPark. All facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis, unless reserved through the MetroParks. The site includes a reservable ball field, but does not include any water or restroom facilities.

The Starr Truscott Memorial Shelter was built in 2008 to commemorate 33+ years of service from one of EMP's first Park Commissioners, Starr Truscott. The shelter was built from generous community donations.

Address:
15215 SR 113
Birmingham, Ohio 44816
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Castalia Quarry MetroPark

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General Information Brochure

Trail Guide

Strategic Park Plan

Photo of Castalia Quarry MetroParkAn extraordinary variety of unique plants and wildlife can be found at the Castalia Quarry MetroPark.  Even fossils can be seen in the rock if you look carefully. Visitors are asked to take only pictures and to leave the plants, flowers and other natural features of the MetroPark for others to enjoy. 

The MetroPark is open to the public daily from 8 am to dusk, year-round.  No drinking water is available on the site. Seasonal restroom facilities are located south of SR 101.  The rough terrain of the MetroPark may be explored on foot or on a mountain bike.  The Castalia Quarry MetroPark is the only MetroParks area in which mountain biking on the trail system is permitted. On a clear day, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island are visible from the top level of the Wagner Quarries Co. Observation Platform.

Visitors are cautioned to stay on the marked trail and away from the edges of the quarry walls. For safety sake, horses are not permitted in the MetroPark. Rappelling and rock climbing are also restricted.

Erie MetroParks offers many programs and educational opportunities for park visitors and students. Groups may request specific learning sessions about the MetroPark's environment and wildlife.

Address:
8404 Sandusky Clyde Rd (SR 101)
Castalia, OH 44846
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DuPont Marsh State Nature Preserve

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General Information Brochure

Strategic Park Plan

DuPont Marsh is owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), but is managed by your Erie MetroParks. It is located on River Road, 3 miles south of the city of Huron. Photo of DuPont Marsh State Nature PreserveThe entrance and parking area are located near the base of the Erie County water tower. The Preserve is one of the best remaining riverine marshes in Ohio and is an excellent site for viewing wildlife. Most of the preserve consists of a marsh situated along the edge of the Huron River

One of the most significant species occurring in the marsh is the leafy blue flag, a state endangered plant. It is distinguished by its leaning stems that are much shorter than the leaves, and it may bear a small blue flower in late spring. In order to protect the unique natural characteristics of the preserve, great care must be exercised and special regulations observed.

A short trail system runs from the parking area to the marsh. Few river marshes remain anywhere in Ohio and DuPont Marsh plays an important role in the life history and nutrition of Lake Erie fish and waterfowl.

Address:
1805 River Road
Huron, OH 44839
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East Sandusky Bay MetroPark

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General Information Brochure


Joseph Steinen Wildlife Area
Putnam Marsh Preserve
Community Foundation Preserve at Eagle Point
Wyandot Wetland Meadows Preserve
Learn more about the East Sandusky Bay Water Trail

 

Photo of East Sandusky Bay MetroPark
East Sandusky Bay MetroPark is the umbrella name of a group of neighboring parks.

 

Edison Woods MetroPark

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General Information Brochure

Edison Woods MetroPark Trail Map

Strategic Park Plan

Edison Woods photoEdison Woods is owned and managed by Erie MetroParks. It is open daily from 8 am until dusk year-round. Visitors should note that there is no drinking water on the site, and that, currently, only seasonal restroom facilities are available.  Edison Woods MetroPark offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy a relaxing and educational visit with nature within its 1300+ acres. 

The trail system at Edison Woods allows visitors to appreciate marshy meadows, wet woodlands and sandstone cliffs. This MetroPark is also home to a vast array of wildflowers, rare plants, amphibians and reptiles. The natural resources of Edison Woods are protected. Please take only photographs and leave only footprints.

Approximately 5½  miles of the planned 7 mile public trail system is open to the public for hiking, cross country skiing, and horse-back riding. Areas that are not marked for public use are closed to park visitors. Signs are posted along all open trails. Please stay on established trails, roadways, and parking areas.

In September 2005, the Adventure Walkway was opened to the public.  The walkway is a six foot wide raised boardwalk with benches to take a rest or just enjoy the trees and birds. It weaves for about 1/2 mile through the largest forest in Northern Ohio (Edison Woods).

There are also some really nice signs that tell you about where you're at and what has happened there. Like the Ghost Railroad, how Edison Woods almost became the site of a nuclear power plant, what the glaciers did to the land there, and the wildlife you may (or may not) see around you.Edison Woods Photo

Darkness comes early in the MetroPark. Visitors are asked to remain on public trails and are cautioned not to venture off into adjacent meadows or wooded areas. All trails take 1½-3 hours to walk, with the exception of the Dogwood Loop Trail which requires about 45 minutes. It is advisable for visitors to wear appropriate footwear, as most trails are unimproved and often wet.

Erie MetroParks is currently conducting a native prairie restoration at the MetroPark.  Visitors may notice large meadows full of native prairie grasses and often even wildflowers.  At times, the areas may be burned or cut, so as to eliminate the invasive plants and weeds.

Address:
10186 Ceylon Rd (SR 61)
Berlin Heights, OH  44814
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Huron River Greenway MetroPark

Under Construction.
Strategic Park Plan - Greenway North
 
Strategic Park Plan - Greenway South

Hoffman Forest MetroPark

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General Information Brochure

Trail Map

Strategic Park Plan

Photo of Hoffman Forest MetroParkHoffman Forest MetroPark was made possible by a 20 year lease from H. Lowell Hoffman, M.D. to Erie MetroParks.  The lease, which was signed in 1995, reflects the owner's commitment to conservation and environmental education.

Providing a delightful respite from the sights and sounds of urban life,  several unpaved trails begin near the parking lot and loop through the reserve, wandering through diverse habitats, over and through creeks, up hillsides and around a meadow.

Hoffman Forest MetroPark features the intersection of two small intermittent branches of Old Woman Creek.  The reserve also consists of three main ecological communities; the creek bottom and surrounding valley; a large section of meadow/old field community; and a mature forest.


The creek bottom and surrounding valley area includes a dense mixed forest, which surrounds the creeks and covers the valley slopes.  This varied forest includes paw-paw, spicebush and several other shrubs.

Photo of Hoffman Forest MetroParkThe large meadow/old field area supports a variety of herbaceous plants and trees, both planted and naturally occurring.  The meadow is rapidly being reforested by a variety of trees planted by the property owner.

 The mature forest community occupies a small part of the property and is comprised mostly of oak, hickory and maple, mixed in size and without dense undergrowth.In order to protect the many diverse and different habitats of the reserve, we ask that you take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Address:
5313 Huff Road
Berlin Heights, OH 44014
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James H. McBride Arboretum

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Reservable Facilities

Strategic Park Plan

 

Named after the first dean of the BGSU Firelands college, the James H. McBride Arboretum covers 50 flowing acres at the Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus and features a variety of ever changing formal and ornamental gardens. Highlights feature over 300 species of trees,

including a vast collection of over 52 varieties of crabapple trees brilliantly blooming in May. A paved pathway surrounds William J. Parker Lake which supports resident swans and is a stop over for migratory birds. Walkways lead to the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden and Winter Garden. The Mary Sue Memorial Labyrinth for peaceful meditation is at the north end of the arboretum.

Photo of James H. McBride Arboretum

The Deering Terrace, an uncovered, mult-leveled deck on the south edge of the two-acre Parker Lake, and an open air pavilion are available by reservation. They are ideal for weddings, meetings, or other gatherings. There are no provisions for picnicking in the arboretum.

Open daily, year-round, 8am to dusk, the arboretum has about 3 miles of paved natural surfaced trails leading around the waters edge and flower gardens and through Sawmll Creek Woods. Parking is in adjacent campus parking areas. Restrooms and drinking water are available on site. Restrooms, located off of Boos Road, are available seasonally. Admission to the arboretum is free, and guided horticultural tours can be arranged. Pets are not permitted with the arboretum.

McBride Arboretum was created in 1984. With the assistance of a volunteer Arboretum Board in conjunction with the Bowling Green State University, Firelands College, Erie MetroParks began management of the arboretum in 1993.

Address:
One University Drive
Huron, OH 44839

 

Osborn MetroPark

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General Information Brochure

Memorial Brick Walkways

Strategic Park Plan

Osborn MetroPark PlaygourndOsborn MetroPark, which is located in Huron Township on Perkins Avenue, south of U.S. 6 between Huron and Sandusky, offers its visitors 163 acres in which to enjoy nature and recreational activities. It is also home to the Maple Grove Center, John G. Frost Center and the Wilbert Schrader Interpretive Panel Center.  Please see our brochures for more detailed information about our facilities, programs and reservations.

Acquired in separate parcels, the park's first and largest area of 160 acres was donated by the Erie County Commission who purchased it from the state in 1974.  The land was formerly the site of the Osborn Prison Honor Farm, which mainly grew potatoes for other state correctional institutions.  Osborn MetroPark was dedicated in 1975 in honor of the Myron D. Osborn family who settled the area in the mid 1830's.

Osborn MetroParkHome to a large number of school, church and athletic groups as a practice and competitive events location, Osborn MetroPark is a resource for many.  Reservable meeting rooms, picnic shelters and ball fields are a popular and economical choice for several area residents and organizations.

Programs staff provide area schoolchildren with a variety of nature and recreation programs throughout the park district and within the schools. For many years, a large number of Erie County kids have enjoyed coming to Erie MetroParks' Summer Nature Camps.  Each year, new themes are developed covering everything from dinosaurs to space travel.

Address:
3910 Perkins Ave
Huron, OH  44839
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Pelton Park

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General Information Brochure

Strategic Park Plan

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Pelton Park PhotoNested behind the Sandusky Mall, amid a sea of recent commercial and residential development, this wooded refuge cotains several distinct ecological zones including forest, meadow and stream bottom. There are walking trails that snake their way through the property. The forest area is filled with mature white and red oaks, wild cherry and shag bark hickory. Meadow plants grow in abundance and include goldenrod, fleabane and several types of grasses. The stream lowlands and nearby shallow wetlands host numerous moisture-adapted plants, as well as bulfrogs and toads.

There are many different plant and animal species that make their home at Pelton Park, Over 150 plant species have been identified at Pelton Park.  In the spring the elusive Green Dragon wildflower blooms, as do the Jack in the Pulpit, Spring-beauty and Mayapple.  The autumn display is lush with Wingstem and Arrowhead.A variety of birds and animals call Pelton Park their home.  Eastern Chipmunk and Fox Squirrel chatter among the oaks.  Regular nesters include Northern Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, Tufted Titmice, White breasted Nuthatches, House wrens and an occasional wood duck family. The small wetland pond provides an appealing habitat for painted turtles and dragon flies.

Address:
800 Pelton Park Dr
Sandusky, OH  44870
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The Coupling MetroPark

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General Information Brochure

Reservable Facilities at The Coupling MetroPark

Trail Map

Strategic Park Plan

Photo of The Coupling MetroParkThe Coupling MetroPark offers rustic, low-cost alternative lodging to youth and family groups in Ohio's historic Firelands. Those looking for a unique overnight experience, which is less weather dependent than tent camping, and which may include a visit from an infrequent mouse or other wildlife, will find this MetroPark a pleasant change of pace. We hope you enjoy your stay!

The Coupling MetroPark, which offers public access to the Huron River for small boats and canoes, is also host to a variety of organized programs by Erie MetroParks, such as canoeing and hikes, throughout the year. Visitors are also encouraged to frequent the park to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife on the nature trails, along with the designated picnic Canoeing atThe Coupling MetroParkand volleyball areas.

The park is open to the public year round from 8 am to dusk, although vehicle access is restricted in certain areas during the winter months. Erie MetroParks also holds organized programs at The Coupling MetroPark throughout the year.

Reservations must be made for use of the Depot meeting room, overnight lodging or group canoe use.

Address:
11618 SR 13
Milan, OH  44846
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Facilities and Amenities

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Trail Maps

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Park Information

Download the official Erie MetroParks Rules and Regulations

To learn more about Erie MetroPark properties, click HERE, to downlaod a spreadsheet showing park locations, acres, purchase prices and restrictions.