Farnsworth is a narrow park along the Maumee River overlooking Missionary, Butler and Indian islands, which are owned by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
The park is at one end of the Towpath Trail that connects it with Bend View and Providence Metroparks. The Interurban Bridge, which crosses the river at Farnsworth, is partially built atop Roche de Bout, a large, protruding rock in the river that served as an early landmark for native people, European explorers and armies. The abandoned span, once the world's largest earth-filled, concrete reinforced bridge, was part of a commuter railway system.
Did someone say water?
Farnsworth has always been about the water. In fact, water-based recreation has been a focus of the park since it’s inception when it was originally named Waterville Park. Together, Providence, Bendview, Farnsworth and canal lands total 465 acres.
Come to fish, stay the night.
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To help plan your event, the Customer Service Dept. holds open houses throughout the year in buildings at six Metroparks where you can see the facilities and talk with staff about your questions before you reserve a date.
River Lures will rent single and tandem kayaks, as well as power-assisted bicycles (“e-bikes”) for use on the Towpath Trail at Farnsworth Metropark.