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Places to walk/hike

Does anyone have any good suggestions for places to walk / hike in the area other than the metroparks? I just discovered the peninsula trail at Cullen Park over the weekend. Are there other, less common trails/places worth checking out?

created by presbacon on Jul 07, 2014 at 02:58:56 pm     Outdoors     Comments: 13

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Careful out on that peninsula trail - always used to be a haven for massive, wild bee hives.

posted by Foodie on Jul 07, 2014 at 03:08:09 pm     #   1 person liked this

There is a nice hike/bike path around and through Ottawa Park. It's very pretty walking along the golf course.

posted by MaryCooksalot on Jul 07, 2014 at 03:33:28 pm     #  

Foodie posted at 03:08:09 PM on Jul 07, 2014:

Careful out on that peninsula trail - always used to be a haven for massive, wild bee hives.

Didn't see massive bee hives, however unfortunately saw massive amounts of trash.

posted by presbacon on Jul 07, 2014 at 03:36:50 pm     #   1 person liked this

The Sylvania prairie is nice though

posted by presbacon on Jul 07, 2014 at 03:38:35 pm     #  

presbacon posted at 03:36:50 PM on Jul 07, 2014:
Foodie posted at 03:08:09 PM on Jul 07, 2014:

Careful out on that peninsula trail - always used to be a haven for massive, wild bee hives.

Didn't see massive bee hives, however unfortunately saw massive amounts of trash.

Not surprised.

posted by Foodie on Jul 07, 2014 at 04:12:28 pm     #  

Cullen Park is a city park, and that is an interesting walk to the end of that peninsula. Other Toledo spots that I enjoy visiting include:

If you like to mountain bike, try Jermain Park. It's still a good place to hike, just watch out for bikers.

The city of Toledo website used to list all of the city parks, but I cannot locate the list now. You might have better luck. All I see is a phone number.,-recreation-forestry/

Here's an old page at Toledo Talk that contains a list of Toledo city parks as of 2006.

Outside the city, here are a few places that I have enjoyed visiting.

Rossford Island View Park

577 Foundation

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, located across from Secor Metropark.

Kitty Todd Nature Preserve, located in western Lucas County, is one of my favorite places to visit. It has limited hours though. The guided walks will take you into areas that are normally off-limits to the public.

Kitty Todd Preserve is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the first weekend of the month from May through October. During open weekends, guided hikes are offered on Saturdays at 2:00.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will supply you with plenty of walking opportunities.

The towpath trail along the Maumee River is fun. Or it was. Back in my running days, I occasionally ran this trail. Out-and-back was a 14-mile run. I haven't visited this trail in a long time.

Hopefully, you have worn out the metroparks because Wildwood, Swan Creek, and Oak Openings metroparks are great places to stroll. Oak Openings Metropark is large enough that you can find trails that get you away from other people.

A little west of Oak Openings Metropark is the Maumee State Forest. It's scattered in patches. You can find quiet trails except for the occasional ATV rider. On one winter visit, a guy with a dog sled team zipped by me. The wet forest areas should be dry now, but mosquitoes are still common. Earlier in the summer, some of the wet forest areas contain enough water that you need hip waders to make it through without getting wet. I would at least wear knee-high rubber boots. The densely-wooded, swampy, mosquito-infested areas keep the crowds down. You'll have the place to yourself in the spring and early summer. Pretty cool.

posted by jr on Jul 07, 2014 at 04:56:07 pm     #  

I know you said NOT the metroparks, but I second the towpath trail. I do a lot of running and it's my favorite place to run in the area. Probably much more enjoyable at a walking pace, too.

posted by JoeyGee on Jul 07, 2014 at 05:18:49 pm     #  

a little further afield

goll woods nature preserve just beyond archbold was very nice... smallish and mostly flat but pine needle trails. well cushioned but stable.

just north of ann arbor.... pickney and brighton state parks or wildreness areas... more elevation change and more extensive trails

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Jul 07, 2014 at 11:01:13 pm     #  

Thanks for the suggestions. jr, your exactly right - some great tails in the metroparks however I'm looking for new scenery. I never though of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Anyone have a favorite trail in the metroparks besides the towpath?

posted by presbacon on Jul 08, 2014 at 08:51:45 am     #  

Multiple nice trails exist at Oak Openings Metropark with varying lengths and footing styles, and it's a great place to visit at any time of the year.

Oak Openings Preserve Metropark Trails Info

Map of trails - pdf file

For short walks, check out the red, green, and blue trails. I especially like the dunes trail and any of the trails that meander through or near the 2010 tornado damage area. But any trail is fine. Start at Mallard Lake and explore.

Oak Openings Hiking Trail (yellow)

Length: 16 miles. Surface: dirt. Traffic: light.

One of the only true long distance hiking trails in the area, the trail encircles the park and gives hikers access to virtually all the features of the other trails combined.

The trail is sometimes called the Scout Trail because of its popularity and long history with local scouts. Boy Scouts have used the trail to earn their hiking merit badge for more than 60 years.

Because it is maintained as a primitive trail, expect to find occasional down trees and wet areas.

For most of my birdwatching at Oak Openings Metropark, I simply walk the roads or the bike paths for the edge habitat, and it's still a pleasant experience.

Oak Openings Metropark is one of the best places in Ohio to observe butterflies.

If you are interested in botany, it's a fascinating place as is any park that's located within the Oak Openings Region, which is the sandy area that runs from West Toledo through Sylvania and out past Toledo Express Airport.

posted by jr on Jul 08, 2014 at 09:39:41 am     #  

I second that Island View Park suggestion. Nothing spectacular, but just a nice, safe place to spend some time. Then you can hope in the car (or walk if you like ) down River Road to WW Knight, which is also quite nice.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jul 09, 2014 at 09:01:38 am     #  

It's been years since I've been to Goll woods. Interesting thing about Goll woods, the only trees that have been cut there are ones that have fallen across a trail and needed to be removed.
So, when you walk through those woods, you are essentially seeing what early settlers to the area saw, virgin woods.

posted by JeepMaker on Jul 09, 2014 at 09:50:56 am     #  

Thanks a lot for sharing these "hidden jems"

Born and raised in the (new) west Toledo and I've never heard of many of these places!

posted by presbacon on Jul 09, 2014 at 03:13:09 pm     #