Edison Woods MetroPark
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Edison Woods MetroPark Trails
Edison Woods has about 6 miles of wooded and prairie trails and the Adventure Walkway boardwalk.
Dogwood Loop Trail – 1.1 miles
Ghost Railroad Trail – .1 mile
South Ridge Trail – 1.3 miles
North Ridge Trail – .4 mile
Deehr Road Trail – .6 mile
West Oak Hickory Trail – 1.4 mile
North Creek Trail – 1.2 miles
East Oak Hickory Trail – .6 mile
Cranberry Creek Trail – .7 mile
Upland Oak Trail – .2 mile
Thornapple Trail – .6 mile
Smokey Woods Trail – .3 mile
Big Meadow Trail – 1 mile
Tips for birding Edison Woods MetroPark
The area of this site is about 1300 acres, with 1000 acres wooded and the rest in mostly perimeter fields, newly planted in 2002 to native vegetative cover. Habitats here include closed forest, old fields, grassy meadows, brush, power line cuts with edge habitat, wet woods, and two small ponds. There are about 6 miles of trail, some of which are very wet part of the year, so appropriate footwear is recommended.
The loop trails may be longer than expected. A gravel driveway, extending east for about ½ mile from the parking lot, is a good woodland and “edge” birding area. The boundary roads are Mason Road to the south, Frailey Road to the east, Driver Road to the northwest, and Smokey Road, which crosses the northern part. The “South Ridge Trail”, which arcs down to Smokey, is another good woodland trail, but there is no parking at the Smokey end. The ponds are on Smokey Road, at and near Driver Road.
From OH-2, east of Huron, exit South onto OH-61. Drive about two miles. The parking lot is on the east side, before ascending the hill. Look carefully as the entrance is easy to drive by.
Open all year during daylight hours.
Parking located on OH-61.
Many of the trails are used by horseback riders. A short boardwalk was opened in 2005. Other trail expansion is planned to access the fields. The fields are under a “spring burn” regime. This is an excellent area for spring wildflowers.
From Ohio Ornithological Society
Edison Woods MetroPark is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.
Birds of Interest by Season
Large number of sparrows can be found in the grassy fields, which will be accessible when a new trail is built. Pileated Woodpeckers and Wild Turkeys are sometimes found here.
This is a good location for the warbler and thrush migration.
Breeding birds include Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, Hooded Warbler, Wood Thrush, Veery, Wood Duck, Acadian and Willow Flycatcher, and Barred Owl.
About Edison Woods MetroPark
With approximately 1300 acres of sandstone cliffs, wetlands, woodlands, and meadows, Edison Woods is home to a variety of seasonal wildflowers, rare plants, amphibians, and reptiles. Edison Woods MetroPark includes approximately 550 acres of wetland habitats and 400 acres of restored native grasslands. Features include ~6 miles of wooded & prairie trails, the Adventure Walkway boardwalk, and Geocaching. This is the only park where horseback riding is permitted. The trails are monitored by the Ohio Horseman’s Council. This MetroPark is part of the Lake Erie Birding Trail!
From Edison Woods MetroPark webpage
Restrooms on site, portable toilets, seasonal.