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Sears (Paul B.) Woods State Nature Preserve

Preserving 137 acres in Crawford County

Sears Woods is named in honor of the nationally renowned Yale professor of ecology, Paul B. Sears from whose family this preserve was purchased in 1986.

It is an impressive beech-maple old-growth woodland adjacent to the Sandusky River. The preserve contains one of the best remaining fragments of the once extensive forest which covered this region of the state.

The month of May is a good time to visit for viewing the outstanding display of spring wildflowers.

Local Directions

Located in Crawford County, 1 mile southwest of Bucyrus on SR 4; proceed 2 miles west on Mt. Zion Road.

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers
Bird Watching

  • Large old-growth trees
  • Excellent spring wildflowers


  • Parking area
  • Trail system

Managing Agency

Preserve is leased to Crawford County Park District. For information, call the park district at (419) 683-9000.

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