11 Great Hikes Near Toledo

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, we can officially say that it is summer!  What an exciting time of the year in Toledo. While there are so many reasons to love Toledo in the summer, one of our favorite activities is going on a hike in the area.

This is a great way to absorb the sun, get some exercise, and take in the breathtaking beauty that a natural trail provides. There are so many trails in and around Toledo that are worth exploring this summer. Choose a path, lace up your hiking boots, pick up a trail map, and take a hike!

Boardwalk Trail at Maumee Bay State Park

Distance: 2.4 Miles | Location

Boardwalk Trail at Maumee Bay State Park is an exceptional trail to take in the natural beauty at this state park along Lake Erie’s shore. This easy loop travels through swamp and marsh wetlands, offering easy access to a variety of sights with a raised wooden boardwalk. You’re bound to see lots of wildlife on this trail — from everything to extravagant bird species to graceful deer.

Boardwalk Trail Toledo

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Fallen Timbers Northwest Territory Trail

Distance: 1.5 Miles | Location

Get some exercise while you experience history along the Fallen Timbers Northwest Territory Trail within Maumee’s Fallen Timbers Battlefield Metropark. This 1.5-mile trail features 17 interpretive signs highlighting various historic events that happened on-site during a 1794 battle between Native Americans and soldiers, leading to the westward expansion of the United States. The metropark includes a state memorial to the battle and is conveniently connected to Side Cut Metropark with the Wabash-Cannonball Trail.

Fallen Timbers Northwest Territory Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Indian Creek Park Walking Trail

Distance: 1.16 Miles | Location

Cross the Michigan state line to Indian Creek Park, a 9-acre park in Temperance. This park hosts many sports games on the eight baseball diamonds and soccer field, and has a simple 1.16-mile loop for a stroll before or after the game.

Indian Creek Park Walking Trail

Photo Courtesy of Bedford Township

Oak Openings Hiking Trail

Distance: 6.2 Miles | Location

The Oak Openings Hiking Trail is a popular hiking trail near Whitehouse offering a variety of terrain and views. You’ll encounter a lake, lots of pine trees, a meadow, and more during this moderate hike. There are several smaller trails you can choose from within the entire Oak Openings area, so you can decide the intensity and longevity of your hike!

Oak Openings Hiking Trail Toledo

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Pearson All-Purpose Trail

Distance: 1.5 Miles | Location

Take in the beauty of Pearson Park in Oregon with a stroll along the Pearson All-Purpose Trail, a 1.5-mile trail on the north side of Starr Avenue. The park is filled with rich forestry and wildlife, and is one of the last remaining strands of the Great Black Swamp, a notorious forest that once blanketed much of northwest Ohio.

Pearson All-Purpose Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

 

Side Cut Riverview Trail

Distance: 1.3 Miles | Location

The Side Cut Riverview Trail is the perfect trail for birdwatchers, as it is frequently visited by migrating birds. The trail loops from the Riverview Area along the Maumee River, circling a lagoon before returning to the starting point. This is a leisurely hike offering refreshing scenery!

Side Cut Riverview Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Swan Creek Big Woods Trail

Distance: 1.72 Miles | Location

Go on a nature walk through Swan Creek Big Woods Trail, situated in Swan Creek Metropark — a natural oasis in the heart of South Toledo. The trail takes you past a meadow and into a forest of giant tulip trees, red oaks, basswoods, and sugar maples. You’ll most likely encounter some incredible wildlife during your hike, such as spicebush swallowtail, mourning cloak, and red admiral butterflies!

Swan Creek Big Woods Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Towpath Trail

Distance: 19.3 Miles | Location

Towpath Trail in Grand Rapids provides exceptional views as you travel along the Maumee River through a tunnel of trees. Start your adventure at Providence Metropark, and travel along this paved trail for as long as you’d like!

Towpath Trail Toledo

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

University/Parks Trail

Distance: 6.3 Miles | Location

The University/Parks Trail is a common commuter trail for University of Toledo students and faculty, as it stretches all the way from campus to King Road in Sylvania. But this 6-mile trail makes for a suitable path for an afternoon stroll, a jog, or a bike ride. Step foot on this popular path if you haven’t already — whether you’re a commuter or not!

University/Parks Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Wabash Cannonball North Fork

Distance: 18.3 Miles | Location

The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a 63-mile multi-use trail spanning four counties in Northwestern Ohio. The trail runs along two former rail lines that converge at Jerome Road in Maumee, consisting of a North Fork and South Fork of the trail. Confused yet? This map might help. The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a project of the nationwide Rails to Trails Conservancy. Hop on board the North Fork near the Shops at Fallen Timbers and follow it heading west to experience this historic project firsthand!

Wabash Cannonball Trail

Photo courtesy of Wabash Cannonball Trail

Wildwood Floodplain Trail

Distance: 2.9 Miles | Location

Wildwood Metropark is the most-visited park in the Toledo Metroparks system, because of its spacious land and scenic views. Take it all in with a walk along the Wildwood Floodplain Trail, featuring a boardwalk trail along the Ottawa River. Hikers are surrounded by beautiful floodplain trees and the terrain changes with each visit, as the floodwaters constantly reshape the landscape.

Wildwood Floodplain Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Happy Hiking, Toledo!

Let us know which of these hikes you’ve already tried out or plan to explore. Or fill us in on your favorite trails in the area!

Written: Jun 1, 2016

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Holly Ragsdale

Holly Ragsdale

Holly is a content specialist for Danberry Realtors. The Home Sweet Toledo blog focuses on community guides + local events, as well as home inspiration + design trends. Enjoy!

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