Seneca 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).




Bowen Nature Preserve (County Park)
  • 11891 E. Co. Rd. 24, Republic, Ohio
  • Location: The trails are dual use for hikers and horseback riders. The trail does pass through some woodland, but it mostly passes through grassland.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 123 acres
  • Total trail length: 2.7 miles
  • Bridle trails
Collier (Howard) (State Nature Preserve)
  • 1655 W Twp Rd 38, Tiffin, OH 44883
  • GPS coordinates: N41.004170, W83.201720
  • Park size: 115 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.5 miles
  • Large trees, spectacular spring wildflowers
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Collier (Howard)
Forrest Nature Preserve (County Park)
  • 701 E. Co. Rd. 6, Tiffin, Ohio
  • Park size: 23 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.3 miles
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve (County Park)
  • 5777 S. SR 19, Bloomville, Ohio
  • Park size: 292 acres
  • Total trail length: 2.7 miles hiking + 8.2 miles bridle
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Nature center, observation deck, fully accessible walkway and boardwalk, butterfly garden, catch-and-release fishing ponds, restored blacksmith shop
Opportunity Park (County Park)
  • 780 East CO Road 20, Tiffin, Ohio
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Trails, playground
Silver Creek (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 42 acres
  • Wildlife Area Map for Silver Creek
Springville Marsh (State Nature Preserve)
  • 12250 West Twp Road 24 (Muck Road), Carey, Ohio 43316
  • GPS coordinates: 41.006718, -83.405746
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 161 acres
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Boardwalk (without kick rails), observation tower, and wildlife blind. This spring–fed wetland (fen) features many rare and unusual varieties of plants; Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Location on Google Maps
Steyer Nature Preserve (County Park)
  • 5901 N. Co. Rd. 33, Tiffin, Ohio
  • Park size: 141 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.
  • 5 loop trails, deep ravines
Sugar Creek & Knobby’s Prairie (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 172 acres
  • Wildlife Area Map for Sugar Creek & Knobby’s Prairie
Tiffin University Nature Preserve (County Park)
  • 2375 W CO Road 26, Tiffin, Ohio
  • Total trail length: 1.23 miles
  • Wetland
Zimmerman Nature Preserve (County Park)
  • 680 E. SR 18, Tiffin, Ohio
  • Park size: 5 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.2 miles
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible




Last Update: 2017-07-24 16:32:02

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2 thoughts on “Seneca County Parks & Nature Preserves

  1. Today we visited Collier (Howard) State Nature Preserve which we discovered through your blog. Thank you very much!! We were happily surprised at the masses of toad shade trillium and nodding trillium. I had hoped to see red trillium which I haven’t ever seen but our most enjoyable sight was the many blue phlox. When we moved to SE Michigan almost 60 years ago there were blue phlox in the highway medians, sides of highways, and the remaining undeveloped forest areas. For some reason, climate change, development, they disappeared. We dug some up ahead of the bulldozers. They thrived in our backyard for a few years and then also disappeared. So we were delighted to find they still bloom in NW Ohio.

    Thanks for your wonderful helpful blog!

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