Morgan Swamp Preserve

Morgan Swamp Preserve
The Nature Conservancy
Footville-Richmond Road
Rock Creek, Ohio 44084
Morgan Swamp Preserve webpage
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Morgan Swamp Preserve (TNC)–Conservation Campus
Coordinates: 41.6369613, -80.8917546
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Morgan Swamp Preserve (TNC)–Long Pond Trail
Coordinates: 41.6577156, -80.8980846
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Visitors to Morgan Swamp Preserve can explore more than three miles of walking trails:

Long Pond Trail at Morgan Swamp Preserve
Length: 1.25 miles (0.25 miles trail from parking lot to observation deck, 1-mile primitive trail extension to and from observation deck)
Difficulty: Parking lot to observation deck—easy. Primitive trail extension—moderate.

There is a description and map of a hike on the Long Pond Trail on the AllTrails website.

Grand River Conservation Campus Trails at Morgan Swamp Preserve
Bliss Pond Trail: an easy 0.2 mile trail with overlooks of the Grand River and the Conservation Campus.
Grand River Trail: an easy 0.3 mile trail along the Grand River that connects with the Hemlock Swamp & Bliss Pond trails.
Hemlock Swamp Trail: a moderate, 1-mile trail that starts from the Grand River Trail, winds through a unique hemlock yellow birch forest and overlooks a beaver pond.

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.

Directions to Grand River Conservation Campus
From the north: From I-90, travel south on OH-534 for about 7 miles to its junction with OH-166 and Footville-Richmond Road. Travel east on Footville-Richmond Road for 2 miles to Windsor-Mechanicsville Road. Travel 1.8 miles south on Windsor-Mechanicsville Road to Callender Road. Travel 1 mile east on Callender Road to 3973 Callender Road. Driveway on north side of road before (to the west of) bridge
From the south: From US-6, take OH-45 north for about 2 miles to Callender Road. Travel west on Callender Road for about 1.5 miles to 3973 Callender Road. Driveway on north side of the road before (to the west of) bridge.
From Morgan Swamp Preserve webpage

No restroom facilities.