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Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve

Preserving 187 acres in Richland County

Parts of the Beechdrop trail have been closed for safety due to falling limbs from ash trees infected with the invasive emerald ash borer. (In effect beginning 2014)

Fowler Woods is is an excellent example of a beech-maple community, grading into swamp forest on the lower ground.

Several low areas are water-covered most of the year and occupied by large buttonbush swamps.The numerous buttonbush swamps and woodland pools scattered throughout Fowler Woods support a wide diversity of breeding amphibians during the spring and early summer months.

This nature preserve is one of the best sites in Ohio for viewing spring wildflowers. Especially notable are the spectacular displays of marsh marigolds in April. Later in May the forest floor is blanketed with an outstanding diversity of spring wildflowers including trilliums, violets, Dutchman's breeches, jack-in-the-pulpit, spring beauty and phlox.

The woodlands support a variety of nesting birds including red-headed woodpecker, ovenbird, redstart and scarlet tanager. This is one of the few areas in north central Ohio where one can still hear the haunting song of the veery. The preserve has a handicapped accessible boardwalk which provides access. The 1-1/4 mile loop boardwalk trail begins at the parking lot. The site also features parking lot and observation tower.

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Fowler Woods to avoid biting insects.

Local Directions

Richland County, 13 miles north of Mansfield. From the north or south take State Route 13 to Noble Road, go east on Noble Road approximately 1- 1/4 miles to Olivesburg-Fitchville Road, then south to the preserve's parking lot, which is located on the west side of the road.

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers
Bird Watching

  • Old growth woods
  • Excellent spring wildflowers


Wheelchair Accessible

  • Parking lot

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