615 South Wintergarden Road
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Wintergarden Woods and Saint Johns Nature Preserve webpage
Wintergarden Woods and Saint Johns Nature Preserve brochure and trail map
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Wintergarden Woods Trails
Approximately two miles of walking trails meander through this 103 acre preserve. One can choose from a variety of trail loops to go for a 15 minute walk or an hour long hike. Trails begin and end at the Rotary Nature Center.
From Wintergarden Woods and Saint Johns Nature Preserve brochure and trail map
About Wintergarden Woods and Saint Johns Nature Preserve
Bowling Green was once part of the Great Black Swamp that covered most of northwestern Ohio. The area was teeming with wildlife and had huge forests with stands of Oak, Maple, Ash, and Hickory trees. Intermingled with the forests were prairies and savannas where grasses and flowering plants covered forest floors and opened into sunlit areas hundreds of acres in size. The deforestation and drainage in the area provided excellent farmland for the early settlers and it continues to provide for farmers today.
When the City of Bowling Green acquired Wintergarden Woods just after the Second World War, it provided a space for residents to engage in passive recreational opportunities. Wintergarden Woods was just the beginning. Over the years a lodge was built through community support. Originally designed to cater to overnight groups and youth hostellers, the lodge is now the Rotary Nature Center which serves to educate residents on all facets of natural resources within our community. Additional properties were purchased, including St. John’s Woods, Bordner Meadow, Twyman Woods, and most recently, 19.7 acres that were formerly owned by the Sader family (now called Tucker Woods).
From Wintergarden Woods and Saint Johns Nature Preserve webpage
Restrooms on site.