Township Road 24 (Muck Road)
Carey, Ohio 43316
Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve webpage
Springville Marsh Nature Preserve map
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Springville Marsh Trail
The Springville Marsh boardwalk trail is .7 miles and connects to an observation tower and wildlife blind.
Tips for birding Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve
From Ohio Ornithological Society website
About Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve
+ Cattail marsh with remnant sedge meadows
+ Rare fen plants
+ Parking lot
Visitors to Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve have a unique opportunity to observe and study the beauty of nature and to reflect on the past. Three factors have had a marked effect on this resource. First, abundant groundwater, which has surfaced as many cool, calcium-rich springs, continues to nourish the special plant life found here. Also, many Ice Age plant species and others that are newcomers, provide this preserve with a remarkable and diverse inventory of flowering plants. Third, the uniqueness of the marsh has survived despite past agricultural and industrial disruption.
Springville Marsh is an unequaled nature preserve in northwestern Ohio. It is the largest inland wetland in this part of the state. The preserve is notable for several reasons. Growing within the preserve are several Canadian and Atlantic coastal plain species, which became established here shortly after the Ice Age. Some of these plants are threatened and endangered species in Ohio. Fen orchids, bottle gentian, Kalm’s lobelia, and little yellow sedge can be seen along the boardwalk. One of Ohio’s largest populations of twig-rush, a typical Atlantic coastal plain species, is located throughout the preserve. There are also smaller areas of more northern plants, such as Ohio goldenrod, grass-of-Parnassus, and shrubby cinquefoil. The sedge meadows, shrubby thickets, and vast areas of cattail marsh provide excellent opportunities to observe wildlife.
Located in Seneca County 3.5 miles north of Carey on US-23 and OH-199; proceed 1 mile west on Township Road 24 (Muck Road) to the preserve parking lot.
From Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve webpage
No restroom facilities.
The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible but does not have kick rails and therefore it is recommended that users in wheelchairs not attempt to use this trail alone.