Erie County Parks & Nature Preserves

The following list of parks and preserves includes those managed by federal, state, county, and non-governmental agencies (such as the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, various historical societies, etc.).

We have tried to collect information on the activities and facilities available at various parks, but things may change without us knowing about it. So please double-check the information at the official site (click on the park’s name to go there).



Birmingham School Metropark (Metro Park)
  • 15215 SR 113 Birmingham, Ohio 44816
  • Dog friendly
Castalia Fish Hatchery (State Fish Hatchery)
  • Location: Take SR 269 south off of SR 6 and then go 2 miles. Turn left on Heywood Rd.; after one mile, turn right on Homegardner Rd. and the hatchery is 200 feet on the right.
  • Park size: 90 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Lottery based fishing program. Hatchery open to public M–F 8 AM – 3 PM
Castalia Quary MetroPark (Metro Park)
  • 8404 Sandusky Clyde Rd (SR 101) Castalia, OH 44846
  • Trail descriptions
  • Total trail length: 4.5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Restrooms
Community Foundation Preserve (County)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 73 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
Coupling MetroPark (Metro Park)
  • 11618 SR 13 Milan, Ohio 44846
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 20 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.75 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Camp sites
Dupont Marsh (State Nature Preserve)
  • 1805 River Road, Huron, Ohio 44839
  • GPS coordinates: N41.362317, W82.549633
  • Location: Located on the east side of the Huron River, 3 miles upstream from Lake Erie on County Rd 126 (River Road).
  • Park size: 114 acres
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Location on Google Maps
East Sandusky MetroPark (Metro Park)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 92 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Restrooms
Edison Woods Metropark (Metro Park)
  • 10186 Ceylon Rd (SR 61) Berlin Heights, Ohio 44814
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 1,300 acres
  • Total trail length: 20+ miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Bridle trails
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms (Seasonal)
Erie Sand Barrens (State Nature Preserve)
  • 5008 West Taylor Road, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
  • GPS coordinates: N41.360167, W82.707800
  • Location: From the junction of State Rte 4 and US Rte 2, follow State Rte 4 five miles south to Mason Rd; proceed 2–1/2 miles east on Mason Rd to Taylor Rd; then 1–1/2 miles to Scheid Rd.
  • Park size: 32 acres
  • Total trail length: 1 mile loop
  • Location on Google Maps
Glacial Grooves (Ohio Historical Society)
  • 920 Division Street, Kelleys Island, OH 43438
  • Location: Glacial Grooves is located on Kelleys Island, Erie County, in Lake Erie 8 miles north of Sandusky. Ferries depart from Marblehead and Sandusky.
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Glacial Grooves
Hoffman Forest MetroPark (Metro Park)
  • 5313 Huff Road Berlin Heights, Ohio 44014
  • Park size: 40 acres
  • Total trail length: 2 miles
  • Dog friendly
Inscription Rock (Ohio Historical Society)
  • Location: Inscription Rock is located on Kelleys Island, in Erie County, in Lake Erie, eight miles north of Sandusky. Ferries depart from Marblehead.
  • Native American petroglyphs
James H. McBride Arboretum (County)
  • One University Drive Huron, OH 44839
  • Trail descriptions
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
Joseph Steinen Wildlife Area (County)
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 155 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms (Seasonal)
Kelley’s Island (State Park)
  • 920 Division St., Kelleys Island, OH 43438
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 677 acres
  • Total trail length: 5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Camp sites
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Swimming (100 ft beach), glacial grooves, boating
  • Campground Map
  • Park Map for Kelley’s Island
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Kelley’s Island
Milan (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 296 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Wildlife Area Map for Milan
North Pond (State Nature Preserve)
  • Ward Road, Kelleys Island, Ohio 43438
  • GPS coordinates: N41.611250, W82.706867
  • Location: Located within Kelleys Island State Park, 1 mile north on Division Street from Water Street, then east on Ward Road
  • Park size: 30 acres
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Location on Google Maps
North Shore Alvar (State Nature Preserve)
  • 920 Division St., Kelleys Island, OH 43438
  • GPS coordinates: N41.617297, W82.704976
  • Location: Located within Kelley’s Island State Park. From Water Street, proceed north 2 miles on Division Street, go past Glacial Grooves State Memorial until the road dead ends at the boaters’ parking lot.
  • Located within Kelley’s Island State Park
  • Location on Google Maps
Old Woman Creek (State Nature Preserve)
  • 2514 Cleveland Road East, Huron, Ohio 44839
  • GPS coordinates: N41.379533, W82.507133
  • Park size: 572 acres
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Fresh water estuary. Visitor’s center, paved trails, observation decks. Check hours before going
  • Location on Google Maps
Osborn MetroPark (Metro Park)
  • 3910 Perkins Ave Huron, Ohio 44839
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 172 acres
  • Total trail length: 4 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
Pelton Park (County)
  • 800 Pelton Park Dr Sandusky, OH 44870
  • Park size: 20 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
Pipe Creek (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 97 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Wildlife Area Map for Pipe Creek
Putnam Marsh Preserve (County)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail descriptions
  • Park size: 966 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
Resthaven (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 2,272 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Wildlife Area Map for Resthaven
Sheldon Marsh (State Nature Preserve)
  • 2715 Cleveland Road West, Huron, Ohio 44839
  • GPS coordinates: N41.408400, W82.602417
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 547 acres
  • Total trail length: 1 mile
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Location on Google Maps
Willow Point (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 645 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Wildlife Area Map for Willow Point
Wyandot Wetland Meadows Preserve (County)


Last Update: 2016-04-26 20:25:48

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