The “City of Trees” offers wonderful options for communing with nature and taking in the great outdoors. Here are a few excellent trails in and around Sylvania:
1. Secor Metropark – Brown trail
Toledo, OH via Central Avenue
A great place for a family outing, this beautiful location is known for its wide open meadows and prairies, rolling sands, wet lowlands, and lush wooded areas.
Its scenic looping trail offers avid hikers a diverse natural environment. Lightly trafficked, the area is very calm and peaceful. It’s also great for mountain biking and trail running.
You’ll find several park amenities such as large outdoor picnic areas, indoor picnic shelters, benches, restrooms, and playing fields.
Secor Metropark also features wildlife feeding stations with heated indoor areas where you can watch birds and other animals.
2. Ottawa Park Trail
Jermain Park, Toledo, OH via Upton Avenue and Brancroft street
Just 15 minutes east of Sylvania, the Ottawa Park Trail in nearby Toledo is suitable for hikers of all skill levels and is a favorite among mountain bikers and trail runners.
The trail covers five miles of Jermain Park, one of the largest parks in the city, and is particularly known for its beautiful wildflowers and lush forest environment.
Visitors also have access to amenities such as a winter and summer open air ice rink, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Sledding is available in winter. The Ottawa Park Golf Course is also located here.
3. University Park Bike Trail
North King Road, Sylvania, OH – Secor Road, Toledo, OH
This six-mile, point-to-point trail is primarily used by mountain bikers but hikers and trail runners use it, too.
Starting from King Road between Sylvania and Central Avenue, the paved route will take you from Sylvania Southview High School all the way to the University of Toledo.
This trail runs along railroad tracks and crosses several busy streets so caution is advised. Fairly popular, the trail is in moderate use on weekdays and can have some crowding during weekends.
4. Wildwood Metropark Trail
Toledo, OH via Central Avenue
Located 12 miles from Sylvania, the Wildwood Preserve Metropark is a looping trail that offers 2.9 miles of beautiful forest scenery. The park features wildlife like elk and a number of bird species. Its paved path is great for hiking, trail running, and biking.
Aside from the trail, hikers can use park amenities like picnic tables and restrooms. There’s even a playground for the kids. Dogs are welcome too as long as they’re leashed.
5. All Purpose Trail – Oak Openings Preserve
Less than 30 minutes south of Sylvania, this 4.2-mile, all- purpose trail loops around the Oak Openings Preserve Metropark featuring wide beautiful paths surrounded by lush forest. Its southeast section runs along Evergreen Lake.
Good for all skill levels, this beautifully maintained trail is frequented by hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners. In the winter, some parts are available for snowshoeing.
The park area is a wonderful place to just enjoy nature. Restrooms are available as well.