A Birder's Paradise

Year round bird watching near Lake Erie.
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There’s always something to do at Pearson.

From birding to baseball to picnicking and fishing, there’s something for everyone at Pearson. This Metropark is one of the last remaining stands of the Great Black Swamp, a notorious forest that once blanketed much of northwest Ohio. Activities abound. And examples of work done by the depression-era programs are all around you.

A beautiful way to spend the day.

Purple cress, spring beauties, trillium, wild ginger and wild geranium bloom in spring. The thick woods and location close to Lake Erie make Pearson a favorite stopover for a wide variety of migrating birds. Buildings, shelters, bridges, ponds and a garden with a waterfall were built by workers enrolled in the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps.

Activities and attractions include baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, fishing, a playground, ice skating and sledding.

Remember what life was like for those settling the Great Black Swamp in the 1860s. Located at Pearson Metropark, the Johlin Cabin, built in 1867, offers a stunning view of wetland habitat and those who call it home. After settling into the cabin, take a walk along the path to the observation decks and learn a little history about northwest Ohio. You can now reserve the Black Swamp Cabin by calling 419-407-9714.

About three miles of trails criscross this 624-acre park—trails that often provide remarkable access to the best birding anywhere. Millions of migrating birds cross Lake Erie each spring and fall, often massing on the shore when conditions for crossing are unfavorable. Forest birds nest here in the summer and the feeding station at the Nature Center attracts flocks of birds for the winter, making Pearson a year round birding destination.

Pearson Bike Trail

Enjoy this 3 mile, all-purpose, loop trail.
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Pearson Playground

You may love this playground as much as your kids!
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