Ottawa River Interpretive Trail

Ottawa River Interpretive Trail
Schwartz Road
Toledo, Ohio 43611

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Ottawa River Interpretive Trail
Coordinates: 41.7083609, -83.5059804
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Photos by Susan Mackey

Tips for birding the Ottawa River Interpretive Trail
The Ottawa River Interpretive Trail is a 1-mile paved trail that runs along the Ottawa River just north of the city landfill. When water levels are low, it is a good spot to check for shorebirds. In the winter it is an excellent spot for gulls at the landfill. In the spring it is good for migrating warblers.
From Sherrie Duris

There is a parking lot is where Schwartz Road ends at a stop sign and Hoffman Road begins. This lot is across from railroad tracks and when walking down the trail the landfill is on the left and the water is on the right. There are a few bluebird boxes and two old benches. There is a small marshy area on the landfill side behind the fence. If you come down Hoffman Rd and pass the landfill office and go down to the stop sign, the parking lot is right there. People would need a hat and bug spray and a scope would work great!

Today the mockingbirds were still everywhere, saw a gnatcatcher, indigo bunting, ruby-throated hummer, and a big flock of pine warblers. There were 60 or more turkey vultures!
From Susan Mackey

About Hoffman Road Landfill
The Hoffman Road facility began operation in 1975. The Division of Solid Waste submitted a plan to the Ohio EPA which will allow for an expansion of the City of Toledo’s only operating landfill. The plan was approved in 1999. This added a minimum of 26 additional years of disposal capacity, servicing the residents of Toledo until at least the year 2026.

Once the landfill reaches capacity, the current plan includes the development of the closed landfill into a recreational area with walking and biking trails, extensive landscaping, and large open areas for sports fields.
From Hoffman Road Landfill

No restroom facilities.