Rock Creek, Ohio 44084
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About Morgan Swamp Preserve
At more than 1,600 acres, The Nature Conservancy’s Morgan Swamp Preserve is one of the largest privately protected forested wetlands in Ohio. The swamp is home to an abundance of wetlands including swamps, bogs, beaver ponds and vernal pools. A rich diversity of plants and animals call it home, from the beautiful white calla lily to the tiny four-toed salamander hidden among the vernal pools.
Morgan Swamp Preserve is part of a greater wetland system called the Grand River Lowlands, which got its start some 12,000 years ago when portions of northeastern Ohio’s Ashtabula and Trumball counties were occupied by a large glacial lake. This glacial lake deposited a thick layer of silt and clay ranging in depth from 5 to 50 feet. Watertight, these clay soils resulted in the formation of the swamp forest, marsh, sphagnum bogs and sedge meadows that exist in the area today.
These wetlands are critical to the health of the state-designated “Wild and Scenic” Grand River, an important tributary to Lake Erie, which is a source of drinking water for millions of people
Directions to Morgan Swamp
From the north: From Interstate 90, travel south on OH-534 for about 7 miles to its junction with OH166 and Footville-Richmond Road. Travel east on Footville-Richmond Road for 3.4 miles to the Morgan Swamp parking lot.
From the south: From US-6, take OH-45 north for about 3.2 miles to Footville-Richmond Road. Travel west on Footville-Richmond for about 1.6 miles to the Morgan Swamp parking lot.
No restroom facilities.