This Little Known Natural Oasis Is Hiding In Ohio… And You’re Going To Love It
What do sand dunes, wildflowers, and evergreen trees have in common? Oak Openings Metro Park.
Close to Toledo you’ll find what’s considered to be Ohio’s rarest ecosystem (and one of the world’s rarest ecosystems) where rare plants and animals, oak forests, sand dunes, savannas, tall-grass prairies and swamp forests all thrive in harmony—and it will truly make you feel like you’re not in Ohio anymore.
The Oak Openings Preserve Metropark is located in Swanton and operated by Metroparks of the Toledo Area. It’s a true hidden gem not far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.