Toledo Metroparks’Wildwood Preserve
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5100 W. Central Ave.
Toledo, OH 43615Website
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Wildwood Preserve is the former family estate of Toledo automotive executive Robert A. Stranahan Sr. and boasts outstanding natural beauty in an urban park setting. Walking, biking and cross country skiing trails make this a popular destination for Toledo area residents.
The 465-acre property was acquired by The Nature Conservancy and transferred to Toledo Metroparks in 1975.
Why It Matters
Wildwood Preserve supports a variety of habitats typical of the Oak Openings region—an exceptionally unique ecosystem covering more than 130 square miles in Northwest Ohio. Here, visitors can explore upland hardwood forest of oak, maple, cherry, and sassafras; giant sycamores and cottonwoods in the floodplain; Indian grass and big bluestem in the prairie; and wildflower meadows.
In addition to protecting a variety of inshore habitats, the preserve also helps to safeguard Lake Erie water quality by buffering tributary streams to the Ottawa River—a tributary to Lake Erie, one of the world’s most important sources of fresh drinking water.
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!
- Wildwood’s Window on Wildlife room allows you to examine a variety of birds and other wildlife as they visit feeding stations just beyond the glass. Check out the working beehive, where you can peer deep within the honeycombs without a single sting. Can you spot the queen?
- Enjoy your lunch to the tunes of wood sparrows and American woodcocks when you picnic at Trailside Shelter.
- The home and garden tours gives you an exclusive look at a rare Shipman garden next to Manor House—nearly a century later, only a handful of designer Ellen Biddle Shipman’s gardens remain intact. Tell us which flowers you spot and which are your favorites!
- Flower enthusiasts will particularly enjoy a stroll along the 0.8-mile Ridge Trail. Stop at the upland woods path and get an up-close view of trillium and other wildflowers. How many colors do you see?
- Hike in the shade of buckeyes, cottonwoods and sycamores when you follow the 1.4-mile Floodplain Trail. Can you spot the wild geranium and buttercups that bloom in the wake of spring floods?
- Along the winding 2.3-mile Jack Gallon Trail, stop at one of two overlooks to get a better view of fern-covered slopes and lush ravines.
The 2.1-mile Prairie Trail leads you through a forest of tall grass, including rough blazing star and big bluestem. How tall do you think the blades are?