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Goll Woods State Nature Preserve

Preserving 321 acres in Fulton County

Goll Woods is the least disturbed woodland known to remain in extreme northwestern Ohio. This preserve features some of the largest trees remaining in the state.

Goll Woods exemplifies the "Black Swamp" forest which once covered a vast area of the flat post-glacial lake plains southwest of Lake Erie. An outstanding feature of this woods is the abundance of giant bur oaks and exceptionally large white oaks, chinquapin oaks and cottonwoods. Many of these magnificent trees are 200-400 years old and measure 4 feet in diameter. A rich variety of native shrubs and wildflowers occur in the woods including spotted coral-root and three-birds-orchid. The preserve is best visited in the spring before mosquitoes emerge.

Local Directions

Located in Fulton County 1-1/2 miles north of Archbold, then 3 miles west on Township Rd F, and 1/4 mile south on Township Rd 26 to the parking lot.

From Archbold in Fulton County, go north on State Rte 66 for 1-1/2 miles to Township Rd F, go west for 3 miles to the junction with Township Rd 26, go south about 1/4 mile to the preserve parking lot located on the east side of the road.

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers
Bird Watching

  • Old-growth woods reminiscent of the Great Black Swamp
  • Excellent spring wildflowers


Observation Area

  • Parking lot
  • Trail system is present

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