Toledo Metroparks’Side Cut Metropark
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1025 W. River Road (between Jerome Road and Wayne Street)
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Experience the state’s natural beauty as well as its history at Side Cut, one of Ohio’s oldest Metroparks. Named for the Side Cut that connected the Miami & Erie Canal with the Maumee River and the town of Maumee, this scenic destination provides breathtaking views of the river. History comes alive at Side Cut, from its three canal locks dating from the 1840s to its fishing waters that have been popular for generations.
The Nature Conservancy is working in the Maumee River basin to improve water quality by reducing agricultural sediment and phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie. From pioneering innovative farming practices to advocating for incentive programs and common-sense regulations, the Conservancy is helping to protect the globally important Lake Erie to ensure it continues to provide for both people and nature.
Why It Matters
An important spawning site for walleye, Side Cut is a popular destination for fishermen during the walleye’s “spring run,” which is the largest of its kind on the Great Lakes. In addition to supporting important fish populations, the Metropark’s waterways and surrounding floodplain serve as important habitat for birds—earning it an Important Bird Area designation from Audubon.
For area residents, Side Cut offers an abundance of trails, notably in the Silver Lake area, where visitors can travel through an old pine plantation, follow the Maumee River through dense floodplain vegetation and around a lagoon, and view migrating birds.
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!
Enjoy a game of “I Spy” in the indoor Windows of Wildlife viewing area that provides a birds-eye view of nature in action. See how many varieties of birds and wildlife you can name as they visit the feeding station. Provide clues to those visiting with you and guess which bird you are watching.
Travel back in time to 1843 on the 0.5-mile Canal Locks Trail and experience Ohio’s canal history. Tell us what you learned about how the canals functioned during this picturesque walk.
- Fallen Timbers Trail is a 4.1-mile adventure that begins at the Silver Lake area. See how many flower varieties you can find in the prairie and keep your camera ready to capture a close-up of the many deer throughout the park.
- As you pass by the rapids, be on the lookout for osprey and eagles hunting for fish.
- Inhale the fresh air at the top of the bluff where the Fallen Timbers Monument looks down on the floodplain and rapids. Be sure to hydrate with water during this rest break!