beautiful area for photos, walks, horseback, biking, and picnics. Toledo area metro parks are a treat.
Toledo's metroparks are its greatest asset, and Oak Openings is the largest and most interesting of them all. There are numerous well-maintained hiking trails, including one over 15 miles long, and a long horse-riding trail, two large lakes and some smaller ponds and wetlands, Swan Creek (actually a small river) and numerous smaller creeks, sand dunes, many deer and other... More
This park is absolutely stunning! If you live in northwest Ohio or if your traveling here and you haven't been to this place your missing out...there are lots of tall oak trees that are reaching for the sky and Pine forests and endless trails to explore. Seriously check this place out you won't regret it!
We came here to bird, as it's often mentioned as a side-trip to the much more famous Magee Marsh Important Bird Area over on the shore of Lake Erie. But at least in late September, Oak Openings was far more productive bird-wise. Plus the area has better visitor facilities, a much wider variety of habitats, and is far bigger than... More
The only one of the metroparks in which you can hike for a couple hours without seeing another person. It can get a little crowded around the Mallard Lake area, but the scout trails, horse trails, and fire roads are delightful to walk, with a variety of habitats, and many rare species.
Great metropark! Nice trails for walking, horseback riding, and biking. Includes a pine forest, a sand dunes area, and a fishing lake just for kids. Lodge is available for meetings and private parties. Out in the country so the air is good. Not at all crowded.
Oak Openings lies in an area known as an oak savannah. It extends from Henry County, Ohio almost to Detroit Michigan. After the last glacier melted and began receding about 10,000 years ago, it left a lake with a sandy beach (known to geologists as Lake Maumee). Subsequent stages also left beach ridges (Lake Warren and Lake Whittlesey). The final... More
Oak Openings in one of my favorite parks. I've actually completed the 16+ mile hike there, and it's amazing. You feel like you've been all over the country because you've gone through a pine forest, sand dunes, a grassy meadow, and around creeks and ponds. If you prefer to picnic there are great eating areas, and a nice playground for... More
We went near the Mallard Lake area and enjoyed walking with our kids discovering neat things. We found two snakes sunning themselves on the rocks around the waterfall, several frogs in a couple of swampy areas near the lake, we witnessed three deer in the trees, one of our sons discovered a really cool caterpillar, and we also saw big... More
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