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Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve

Preserving 187 acres in Richland County


THE BOARDWALK IS OPEN FOR HIKING, HOWEVER BE ADVISED THERE ARE TRIPPING HAZARDS PRESENT. BROKEN AND DAMAGED BOARDS ARE BEING REMOVED. THERE ARE SEGMENTS WHERE STEPPING UP OR DOWN ON THE BOARDWALK TRAIL IS NECESSARY. THIS IS A TEMPORARY CONDITION. PLEASE REMAIN ON THE BOARDWALK TRAIL. THE ENTIRE BOARDWALK WILL BE REPLACED WITH AN EXPECTED COMPLETION BY SPRING 2021. PROGRESS WILL BE POSTED THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS IN THE PRESERVE KIOSK AND ON THIS WEBSITE.

FOR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT ODNR DIVISION OF NATURAL AREAS AND PRESERVES AT (330) 298-9198 OR charlotte.trolio@dnr.state.oh.us

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

Woods
Wetlands
Spring Wildflowers
Bird Watching


  • Old growth woods
  • Excellent spring wildflowers

Facilities

Wheelchair Accessible


  • Parking lot

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