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1400 Portage Line Rd.
Springfield Twp. 44312

Hours
6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Springfield Bog
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RATING

TRAIL DESCRIPTION

SPREE


Prairie

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C

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Though the prairie will take years to fully develop, the easy Prairie Trail leads visitors from the parking lot into what could become a birding hotspot in just a few years.

Class  A=Multipurpose  B=Accessible*  C=Basic  D=Primitive**  E=Bridle

Rating  1=Easy  2=Moderate  3=Difficult

*Flat, easy trail or section with asphalt or crushed limestone surface that meets or exceeds ADA requirements.
See
Spree For All for more information about accessible trails. Click for OPDMD trails

** Rugged and challenging with uneven surfaces and steep, narrow routes


History & Wildlife

Springfield Bog Metro Park opened January 5, 2011, and it is our first "Watch Us Grow" opportunity. Over the next few years, visitors will see quite a change as more than 40 varieties of prairie plants transform the former farmland. The result could be a birding hotspot, attracting bobolinks, meadowlarks, rails and other grassland nesting species.

So why a prairie? Ohio's earliest land surveys showed prairies near bogs on the Continental Divide. The park's natural features include Young's Bogs – formed after glacial depressions filled with water and sphagnum moss formed dense, floating mats of peat – and the Divide, which causes water to the north to flow to Lake Erie, while water to the south flows to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.

The bogs were named for the Young family that settled here in 1877. These wetlands once produced a growth of huckleberries that drew enthusiastic pickers all the way from Canton, Akron and points north via the Akron-Canton Interurban Railway. Commercial picking stopped sometime in the 1950s.

Amenities

The 256-acre Springfield Bog Metro Park includes a hiking trail, two bogs, a manmade wetland and 165-acre prairie in progress.


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