Oakwoods is the flattest of the Metroparks, which makes its trails particularly appealing. All trails (except Split Log being hard surface) are a mix of gravel and hard packed, and mostly flat with the exception of two small hills on the back side of Long Bark Trail. The land features tall trees, wonderful woodland scenery, and the Huron River’s backwaters. Five nature trails guide the visitors through the land’s important natural features:
SPLIT LOG – 700 Feet
A hard surface, all weather trail ideal for people with special accessibility needs, seniors and people with baby strollers. This short, wooded trail gives you the sights and the sounds of a Cattail Marsh while winding you through the trees to pass our mightiest Burr Oak.
BUTTERFLY VIEWING AREA – .25 MILE
While at the park, stop at the Cedar Knoll Picnic Area to hike the nearby Butterfly Viewing trail where butterflies and other insects dominate. This flora enriched area has been a designated “Monarch Butterfly Waystation” since 2008.
BIG TREE – .75 MILE
A short woodland trail with a large variety of hardwood trees, and some interesting natural features along the way; an ancient post-glacial sand bar and a vernal pond that provides a unique home for many creatures in the spring and fall.
SKY-COME-DOWN – 1 MILE
Some woods, some fields and some in-between “edge” areas typify this trail. A 3-acre pond enhances its diversity and attractiveness of this trail to a variety of wildlife. This is the most diverse trail in terms of unique habitats and ecosystems.
LONG BARK – 2 MILES
After sampling the sights and sounds along the Huron River, this trail plunges deep into the woods where woodpeckers, squirrels, and other forest dwellers can be seen. Plants compete quietly for space and resources, and the trees give way to multiple wetlands.
Know before you go: Occasionally woodland trails may be blocked with debris such as fallen tree limbs. Nature trails are not cleared or salted in the winter and may be snow-covered, slippery or muddy. Pets, bicycles and running are not permitted on the nature trails.
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