Meadow Trail

This 1.2 miles trail leads through a bountiful meadow of little blue star, lupine, gray dogwood and sensitive ferns.
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Natural beauty, local history and a million visitors are part of the wildwood story.

Natural beauty and man-made elegance come together as one at Wildwood Preserve, the most visited of the Metroparks. The 493-acre park is the former estate of Toledo’s Stranahan family. Surrounded by natural habit, the stately home, now called the Manor House, played important roles in Toledo—and the park district's—history.

A stunning home amid the glory of nature.

Built in 1938 by Champion Spark Plug magnate Robert Stranahan, the Manor House and the estate were purchased by Metroparks in 1975 following a vigorous citizens' initiative to preserve the property, which was destined to become a housing development. The house, crafted in a Georgian colonial style, is open for free tours and decorated for the holidays, while portions of the home and other buildings serve as Metroparks administrative offices.

The main attraction at Wildwood is the system of trails that traverse varied terrain (a treat in the flatlands of northwest Ohio). The park is bisected by the Ottawa River and has sandy soil indicative of the rare Oak Openings Region.

The prairie community at Wildwood is home to many diverse and fascinating plants and animals. In the spring, it is a breeding site for ground-nesting birds such as rufous-sided towhees, field sparrows and American woodcock. Summer brings a spectacular display of prairie wildflowers and grasses, such as rough blazing star, big bluestem and Indian grasses, some reaching 10 feet high.

The Manor House

The Manor House is a Toledo icon and the centerpiece of the beautiful estate grounds now known as Wildwood Preserve Metropark.
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Ward Pavilion

Perfect for a family get together or wedding reception! Call and reserve today.
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Mosquito Control in the Metroparks

The Lucas County Sanitary District will spray for mosquitoes in parts of Wildwood Preserve starting Friday tonight in response to mosquitoes collected from the park testing positive for the W. Nile Virus.

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Find Pokemon Programs, Trails & Charging Stations

Fans of the game app Pokemon Go have swarmed the Metroparks collecting Pidgey, Spearow, Pikachu and other Pokemon. In addition to being a lot of fun, the game might just introduce you to new parks or areas where you have never been before. Below are resources for gamers, from programs to suggested trails - even places to take a break, cool off and recharge you phone.

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