All Purpose Trail

The stone surfaced multi-purpose trail—the longest in the Metroparks—connects Mallard Lake and Evergreen lake, with a three-mile loop that passes the sand dunes.
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Oak Openings

The largest Metropark is a small part of an important natural region.

Located between Whitehouse and Swanton, Oak Openings Preserve takes its name from the surrounding region, which is 23 times larger than the park itself. That’s something to consider when you realize that Oak Openings Preserve is about 5,000 acres.

Majesty in its natural habitat.

Pioneers trudging through a dense swamp called this area “Oak Openings.” The natural habitats in the park range from oak savanna to wetlands to vegetated dunes. The Nature Conservancy once named the sandy region one of the 200 “Last Great Places on Earth.”

Prickly-pear cactus, wild lupine and sand cherry bloom atop dry, hot sand dunes just yards away from orchids growing in low, wet swales. There are more than 70 miles of trails in Oak Openings Preserve. Stands of isolated pine and spruce planted by the WPA during the Great Depression are still visible.

Oak Openings is a birder's paradise. It is the nesting place of bluebirds, indigo buntings, whippoorwills, Lark sparrows and many other species, as well as an excellent location to see migrating songbirds in the spring.

About the Oak Openings Region

Living in the Oak Openings

The Caretaker's Cottage

Perfect for a weekend get-a-way!
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Buehner Center

Located on Mallard Lake in the heart of Oak Openings, Buehner Center is a newly renovated facility.
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Bringing Biodiversity Back Home

Metroparks is working with The Nature Conservancy to ensure quality native plants for a historic wetland restoration project in the Oak Openings Corridor.

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Decompression Drive

Fall is a great time to get out an enjoy the Metroparks. Take a scenic drive through the Metroparks to see the fall colors. Every day of autumn brings new sights, sounds and smells to discover in your Metroparks.

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