Oak Openings Preserve
4139 Girdham Road, (two miles west of Toledo Express Airport), Swanton
(Entrances off Wilkins Road, SR 64 and SR 2).
Open 7 a.m. until dark every day
Prickly-pear cactus, wild lupine and sand cherry bloom atop dry, hot sand dunes just yards away from orchids growing in low, wet swales. Such contrasts are what make the Oak Openings Region the subject of endless fascination for naturalists. The largest Metropark takes its name from the surrounding region, which is 23 times larger than the preserve. Oak Openings is a birder's paradise. It is the nesting place of bluebirds, indigo buntings, whippoorwills and many other species, as well as an excellent location to see migrating songbirds in the spring.
The Buehner Center for the Oak Openings is an interactive nature center featuring displays designed to illustrate the formation and unique features of the Oak Openings Region.
Oak Openings Ski Trails
A 4-mile, intermediate cross-country ski trail is available at Oak Openings Preserve. Park at the Evergreen Lake Area. Click to open PDF brochure.