North Eaton Township, Ohio 44039
Margaret Peak Nature Preserve (Eaton Township Recreation Department) webpage
Also, see Lorain County Birding Drive
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Eaton Township’s Margaret Peak Nature Preserve opened in 2009. It rapidly became known for grassland birds such as the Dickcissels, Field Sparrows, and Savannah Sparrow. Other highlights were Horned Larks, singing Indigo Buntings, Spotted Sandpipers and a family of Hooded Mergansers. Much of the preserve’s 98 acres is planted with soybeans, which provide a home for Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers, and Horned Larks. Eaton Township has steadily added features and trails including three observation mounds and a woodland path.
Some practical suggestions: Wear a hat, as there is little shade in this preserve. Check for ticks after hiking here (some years are worse than others). There are no restrooms.
About Margaret Peak Nature Preserve
Eaton Township has received a gift from Margaret L. Peak of approximately 98 acres of land located on Butternut Ridge Rd. to be named the Margaret Peak Nature Preserve. It is Mrs. Peak’s wish to establish and maintain a nature preserve on this farmland for the residents of the Township to enjoy and get away from the hectic pace of everyday life. Mrs. Peak desires to preserve in Lorain County for future generations an area devoted to its natural setting. It is the intention of Mrs. Peak and the Eaton Township Trustees that the premises be allowed to grow as much as is possible in its natural state and limit buildings, construction, and hard top surfaces to those which are absolutely necessary to allow visitors to the area and to maintain the premises.
From Margaret Peak Nature Preserve (Eaton Township Recreation Department) webpage
No restroom facilities.