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The Eco Camp is located in the beautiful Oak Openings Region, west of Toledo, Ohio. Close to kayaking, biking, and hiking opportunities (among others), this guide will help you plan your stay at The Eco Camp.

Parks

Oak Openings Metropark

Only 1 mile away from The Eco Camp, Oak Openings is a great starting point for hikers and bikers, for nature watchers and runners.

Oak Openings features a long distance Hiking Trail. This primitive, nearly 16 mile trail is popular among scouts who use it to earn their hiking merit badge. Some even know it as the Scout Trail. 

Address

4139 Girdham Rd
Swanton, OH 43558

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Providence Metropark

Canal boats once carried goods and people 249 miles between Toledo and Cincinnati, linking Lake Erie and the Ohio River. At Providence, you can get a sense of what canal travel was like during a trip aboard an authentic, mule-drawn canal boat on an original section of the Miami and Erie Canal. 

The Providence Dam, just upriver from another attraction, the Isaac Ludwig Mill, was originally constructed to keep the canal filled with water. The canal boat and mill are open May through October.

Address

13827 S. River Road
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

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Hiking

Oak Openings features the only long distance Hiking Trail in the Toledo Region. This primitive, nearly 16 mile trail is popular among scouts who use it to earn their hiking merit badge. Some even know it as the Scout Trail. 

Trail List: Oak Openings Trail List

Providence Metropark is located in what was once the canal town of Providence, Ohio. Today, the Metropark has one of the greatest concentrations of canal era features in the country.

Canal boats once carried goods and people 249 miles between Toledo and Cincinnati, linking Lake Erie and the Ohio River. At Providence, you can get a sense of what canal travel was like during a trip aboard an authentic, mule-drawn canal boat on an original section of the Miami and Erie Canal. 

The Providence Dam, just upriver from another attraction, the Isaac Ludwig Mill, was originally constructed to keep the canal filled with water. The canal boat and mill are open May through October.

Maumee River Paddle Boarding

Our river sports division, Maumee River Paddle Co. offers exciting & guided trips on the Maumee River and beyond. All trips begin with a skills lesson for those who need it before you head on your adventure.

They meet you at the river and provide the board, life vest, paddle, cold water & snacks. You bring protection from the sun, shoes that work on the water, and clothes that can get wet.

You must be able to swim to participate. Children 8 years or older are welcome as booked paddlers, smaller kids can ride on your board with you and join free. They even have kiddie paddles!

MaumeeRiverPaddleCo.com

Mountain Biking

Northwest Ohio is not known for hills, but a singletrack trail at Oak Openings Preserve delivers thrills for mountain bike fans. The Beachridge Trail is being built by volunteers, with new sections opening as they are completed. More than half of the 11-mile trail is now open, with challenging bridges and other obstacles along the narrow, scenic path.

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Running

Oak Openings is host to several trails ideal for running or training for any road race. Several long distance trails make their home here as the Wabash Cannonball trail follows a former rail line through the park, connecting with the Oak Openings All Purpose trail.


Winter

Snowshoeing

Walking trails and open fields at Oak Openings are available for snowshoeing—just add snow.

Ice Skating

All Metroparks ice is “enter at your own risk.” Ice on Mallard Lake at Oak Openings Preserve is cleared when ice is at least 5.5 to 6 inches thick.  Mallard Lake at Oak Openings Preserve is a popular ice skating destination (daytime only).

Skiing 

Groomed and maintained, this 4-mile trail is reserved only for skiers at Oak Openings. There is a restroom stop at the half-way point for your convenience. Dedicated cross-country ski trails are groomed with tracks at Oak Openings Preserve (start at the Evergreen Lake Area).


Amazing other Places in Oak Openings

Wheeler Farms

Wheeler Farms operates The Butterfly House and, in the fall, The Corn Maze. A local favorite, many guests at The Eco Camp have enjoyed visiting Wheeler Farms.

The Butterfly House & The Corn Maze
11455 Obee Rd.
Whitehouse, OH 43571

WheelerFarms.com

The Butterfly House contains over 1,000 butterflies with many different species from North & South America and Asia. The facility was built with the idea of developing beautiful gardens in a controlled environment to exhibit butterflies to the general public. An opportunity to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and how to promote a healthy environment for these special insects will be provided as well.

Grand Rapids, Ohio

From antiques to locally crafted, organic soaps and candles, from sit-down restaurants to the quick bite - Grand Rapids has it all. A short drive south from The Eco Camp, Grand Rapids will offer an afternoon of fun, topped off with some ice cream from Rita's. Parking is easy too.

We love everything about Grand Rapids, and our guests are reporting having great experiences at the following eateries:

  • La Roe's Restaurant, Great outside patio, overlooking the canal. LaRoesRestaurant.com, 24138 Front St, Grand Rapids, OH 43522

  • Pisanello's Pizza - Pizza buffet in a fun 50s decor. GrandRapidsPisanellos.com, 24098 Front St, Grand Rapids, OH 43522

  • Rita's Dairy Bar - Shakes,floats, hot dogs, burgers, fries, and more. RitasDairyBar.com 24030 Front St, Grand Rapids, OH 43522

  • Tomacelli's Restaurant - Sit down comfort food and local specials. 24099 Front St, Grand Rapids, OH 43522