Explore the most popular birding trails in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
15 days ago

Very flat and hardy any rocks or roots on the trail. Very well marked with blazes, but you need to pay attention when it crosses other trails. One note, some of the photos listed are not of this trail, but other parks in Toledo area. There is a camp area on the trail that requires registration and payment ($20/$16 members in 2018) to camp overnight. Free firewood, indoor toilets, a pavilion with a fireplace (can be used unless someone else reserved it) and a dish washing station. There are a lot of boardwalks installed by local boyscouts. However, if it has rained, especially in the spring, your shoes will get very wet.

Unique and a perfect afternoon hike.

A beautiful trail especially in autumn as the leaves are changing.

road biking
2 months ago

took the evergreen train to the wabash cannonball trail. we had a great ride! completed with a 5 year old on her own bike, a bike trailer with a 2 year old and 1 year old, and a 2 year old in a bike seat.

A good loop. Bring bug spray in the summer!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trial to spend 4-6 hours on. Bring boots if it has rained recently as parts can get really muddy.

Love hiking here with my pup!

Great trail. Fairly easy to follow the markers. Takes me about 5 hours to complete the full loop.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The trails are great, but you better be mosquito repellent ready or your run or walk will be shorten. They're the rulers of the park.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great trails only complaint is some of the low areas are all but impassable after a hard rain. More walkways needed.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Awesome trail. Only issue we had was a confusing yellow marker so we missed a left turn. It was soon after dipping back onto the trail after it runs along beside airport highway, but there was a yellow mark on the tree to the left side near a trail fork but further down a couple tees(heading straight) there was another yellow marker on the right side on a tree. So we went straight, but should have taken a left. Other than that accidental confusing shortcut, it was awesome!

mountain biking
Friday, April 28, 2017

easy ride

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Great Park System and Trails not too far out of town. When I lived in the area this was my "go-to" hike. Easy to get around, very well marked, and you will see something new every time! Good to go to anytime of the year.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I did this trail with a couple buddies of mine. We really enjoyed this trail and are definitely planning on going again. The only bad thing was that there were a few parts of the trail that were very flooded, requiring us to go off the trail to get around it. Other than that, the trail was pretty well maintained and reasonably marked. Overall it's a very nice and beautiful trail.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great spring hike. Water was flowing and trails were not muddy.

hiking
Friday, March 17, 2017

My favorite local trail.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fun, great scenery and easy to hike! Dog friendly.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fun, great scenery and easy to hike! Dog friendly.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Best little oasis of peace in this area. I could spend days wandering this little park.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

sand dune trail is fun!

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

The map shown here is wrong. (Although it might be accurate for the paved bicycle trail.) The Oak Openings Trail is closer to a 17 mile long loop. It is bordered on the west and south sides by State Route 64, the north by Airport Highway (State Route 2), and the East by State Route 295. Wooden bridges are plentiful in marshy areas and fallen trees are usually cleared away quickly.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

I'm not sure which trail is allegedly 6.2 miles, but this park has a nice collection of trails, mostly accessible from the same parking lot area. Most trails are 1 to 3 miles so you can take one or plan a whole day. I walked the red, orange, and blue marked trails. I'd highly recommend that red and orange trails, both of which allow you to view the only moving sand dunes in Ohio (the sand dunes on the red trail are closed in May and June for birdie babies but you can still view them). I went in daytime during the week and it was not crowded on the trails at all (just a few other people). Oak Openings is a bit far from me, but I'm hoping to go back and see this park in the fall. Gorgeous!

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Done all the small loops working up to do the big trail but I love hiking here

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I love the trails at this park. The trails are maintained and very dog friendly. It can be a little busy on the weekends but during the week it is nice. There are plenty of trails to choose from and lots of wildlife to be seen.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Nice length and well-maintained without being too manicured. Not very interesting terrain but moderate scenic variety. Perfect distance between water fountains and rest areas.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Long trail that I haven't done in it's entirety, but will be doing soon. Nice mix of tree species and scenery, and no one else. Once you get north by Airport Hwy, the trail gets confusing, and I lost it. There are yellow blazes, but some can be misleading.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

I hike this trail last week. The trail was well maintained and offered some beautiful scenery early in my hiking season. Just over 15 miles it took me about 5.5 hours including a lunch break. I will absolutely hike this trail again and again.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I enjoy the different environments while you hike.

hiking
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I walked the whole 15.11 mile loop. I dedicated several hours to it. It was a lot of fun, but there were a few spots where the markings were difficult to follow. I took a 2L water bladder with me to make sure I stayed hydrated through the hike. There were not many spots to fill up from a water fountain or sink.

hiking
Friday, September 04, 2015

There is one large (yellow dash - marked) trail that is 15.11 miles (according to park maps) that surrounds the whole park. To get to it, you have to park or start at a specific point because there are no smaller trails that lead into the big yellow trail.

I hiked parts of all of the smaller trails in the center of the metro park that interconnect with one another. Each one is about 0.6 to 3.2 miles. I hiked about 4 miles, with a buddy of mine, just making choices in the moment of which fork to take. We forgot to get a map to figure out what the different colors and trails are in the center of the park haha.

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