A million dollar view in each direction.
Bend View's name describes its greatest attribute—an unequaled view of a 90-degree bend in the Maumee River. A former Metroparks director once described the scene as a "two million dollar view -- a million dollars in each direction."
Maybe half the fun of Bend View Metropark is getting there. The park entrance is on the Anthony Wayne Trail, but it is also accessible by hiking 2.2 miles from Farnsworth or about six miles from Providence on the Towpath Trail. The effort is worth the walk for what is often described as the best view along the Maumee, and one of the most scenic spots in all of Lucas County. Reaching the historic Bend View shelter is the reward for those who make the trek.
The Towpath Trail
The Towpath Trail, which is part of the Buckeye Trail (marked with blue blazes), follows the remains of the Miami and Erie Canal along the old towpath where mules once towed flat-bottom boats along the waterway. The 8-mile trail connects Providence, Bend View and Farnsworth Metroparks.