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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Trail Detour Ahead: Wildwood Red Trail

Work has progressed on the Red Trail boardwalk replacement project at Wildwood. Beginning Monday, March 27, the project will require a temporary rerouting of the existing trail using a short loop.

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Whooo’s Nesting?

The “Tiger of the Woods,” more commonly known as the great-horned owl, is our earliest nesting bird in Ohio. Measuring approximately 20-25 inches tall (the female larger than the male), with a wingspan of about 5 feet, it is also Ohio’s largest resident owl and one very fierce predator.

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Holidays in the Manor House a Volunteer Tradition

The 41st annual Holidays in the Manor House opens Saturday, December 3, and continues through Sunday, December 11, at Wildwood Preserve Metropark, and volunteers are needed to help direct visitors through the 30,000-square-foot house.

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