Kitty Todd Nature Preserve, OH
Hiking in northwest Ohio...doesn't really inspire one to lace up their boots, does it? Well, there certainly aren't any mountain views or towering waterfalls but the region does contain one of middle America's more unique ecosystems, that of the so-called 'Oak Openings.' Made up of a mix of oak savanna, forests, and wet prairies the oak openings region once stretched across northwest Ohio and into southeast Michigan. Today, due to farming and urban sprawl only a small portion of this habitat remains. The Nature Conservancy has taken it upon itself to protect what's left in the form of a series of loosely linked preserves west of Toledo. Kitty Todd is one of these preserves and was recommended online as the best of the bunch...
The afternoon was HOT...high 80's and humidity so thick it felt like you could scoop water out of the air. Thankfully I have a family that was willing to humor me for a quick hike and we spent an hour or so exploring one of the more interesting areas I could have hoped to find...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 41.618130, -83.791457
Route Type: Loop
Mileage Hiked: 1.5 miles
Trailhead Temp: 88'F
Min. Elevation: 670'
Max Elevation: 690'
Trails Used: Oak Savannah Trail