Five Rivers MetroParks’Englewood MetroPark
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4361 National Road
Vandalia, OH 45377Website
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Created in 1922 by the construction of a flood control dam, Englewood MetroPark is 1,900 acres of lakes, woods, wetlands, meadows and three waterfalls. Fishing, bird-watching, picnicking, fossil collecting, canoeing and kayaking are among the activities available.
As part of the Ohio River watershed, Englewood MetroPark plays an important role in protecting rivers like the Stillwater, whose waters eventually make their way into the Ohio River. The Nature Conservancy works throughout the Ohio River basin to help balance the needs of people and nature that rely on this important freshwater resource.
Why It Matters
With its floodplain forests and wetlands, Englewood MetroPark helps to buffer and protect the Stillwater State Scenic River, an important tributary to the Great Miami River, which empties into the larger Ohio River. Defining the state’s southern border, the Ohio River is not only a much-used transportation corridor, but also an important source of drinking water and home to important fish and mussel populations. Keeping its tributary waters healthy is vitally important to the well-being of nature as well as the millions of Ohioans that depend on the river system to support their basic needs.
Natural Treasures Landmark
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Fun Things to Do and See
While on the hunt for the landmark, enjoy the abundant adventures this Ohio treasure has to offer. The thrill of nature can be experienced at any level!
- Follow the boardwalk to the Pumpkin Ash and Swamp Forest, a unique woodland area. Keep an eye out for a variety of trees, including black ash, swamp white oak and pumpkin ash, a tree rare to Ohio. Did you know the wetland is a State Natural Landmark?
- Explore the scenery of Patty Falls, then take a short hike down the hill to the bridge over which Old National Road passed. Be sure to observe the limestone blocks and oak planks used in construction.
- Enjoy a leisurely, scenic bike ride using the bike lane on the main road. Visitors who want to enjoy the area even more can also plan an adventure on the paved woodland bike path.
- Set out on the scenic Stillwater River in a canoe or kayak for an adventure that ends at Englewood MetroPark. Let us know what birds and wildlife you see along the river.
- Get out your disc set and take in 18 holes on the disc golf course. Be sure to note the mature trees next to the lake.
- Reserve a campsite for an overnight adventure. Most sites are primitive (pit toilet, fire ring, picnic table) and some are designed for large groups. Bring gear, food and water.
- Is your preference hiking, biking or rollerblading? If you’re longing for adventure, the main road has a bike lane that takes you on a wooded tour of the park. The Stillwater River Bikeway — part of the largest bikeway network in the country — connects you nearby Grossnickle Park.
- For those up for planning an outing with their own horse, get ready to ride nearly 3.5 miles of scenic bridle trails.