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Five Beautiful Metroparks to Explore

Posted 6 months ago by Ryan Dunn

Toledo Lucas County Public Library partners with institutions that represent some of the best offerings that our region provides. These groups are a cross section of information, creative arts and social services that assist people’s many needs. It’s no surprise then, that the Library partners with Metroparks Toledo, as it has much to offer visitors.

This is the perfect time to hike the beautiful expanse of our Metroparks. Here are a few of my go-to trails and sights:

Toledo Botanical Garden

This path is among the finest walks in Toledo city limits. It is absolutely serene. Spring mornings feature dew on the grass and birds chirping harmonically. Stunning plants and sculptures line the garden’s walkways. Social distancing is an easy and enjoyable option here.

Bonus: The adjacent Toledo Botanical Garden Artisan Village is a great place to buy original works and meet local artists.

Oak Openings Preserve

Oak Openings Mallard Lake Loop

The largest Metropark (about 5,000 acres) offers more than 50 miles of trails. There is no wrong choice when selecting a path. I am partial to this half-mile stroll around Mallard Lake, where trees add vibrant color and ducks leisurely swim past. It is exactly what time outside should be.

“The Spot”

You knew this was coming, but it doesn’t make “The Spot” any less awe-inspiring. “The Spot” is among the region’s favorite locations for Instagram shots, engagement photos and solitude outside the city. Weave through hundreds of red pine trees. Gaze high above as branches reach in seemingly perfect symmetry. “The Spot” reaches such lofty status for good reason.

Note: These pictures were taken prior to the removal of some area trees as a result of deterioration and collapse.

Secor

Secor All-Purpose Trail

Metroparks Toledo describes Secor as both a “natural symphony of contrasts” for its landscapes and a “mini Oak Openings with virtues all its own.” These highlights are on display at the All-Purpose Trail, with the park’s pristine meadows and woods. This slightly longer path of 3.4 miles is open for both walking and biking.

Middlegrounds

The growth of downtown Toledo as a site of new businesses and high-rise living includes a Metroparks addition as well. This walking and bike path, about a mile and a half long, curls along the Maumee River. It sits on 28 acres of reclaimed greenspace, including a walking deck. Middlegrounds is also a hub for the ToleGo bicycle service.

Bend View

Towpath Trail

Further south down the Maumee River is Bend View. This Metropark features the glorious sight of a 90-degree bend in the mighty river. Towpath Trail extends far beyond Bend View as well. It totals an 18-mile round trip along the remains of the Miami and Erie Canal.

There are, of course, so many more parks to explore. With this extra time at home, consider a safe, socially distanced walk this week through the Metroparks.