NCT: Oak Openings and Maumee State Forest
ElevationAscent: 119' 36 m
Descent: -119' -36 m
High: 679' 207 m
Low: 653' 199 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“A blazed North Country Trail connector linking Wabash Cannon Ball North & South Fork.”— Ken A
There is an excellent parking area with restroom and facilities open during daylight at the Springbrook Parking Lot to drop your vehicle and catch a ride to the other end. If you skip the .7 miles of pavement on Berridge Rd. and start/finish from Archbold-Whitehouse Rd. you can stage your vehicle at the South trail entrance into Maumee State Forest. (do not block the access road with your vehicle per regulations in below link) and you'll have a nice 6 mile trip. If you choose to tackle this one as an out and back, you're in for a longer though still wonderful trip.
From South to North this is where you hang a left off the Wabash-Cannonball Trail and head North .7 miles to the entrance to a remote section of the Maumee State Forrest. You'll find a NCT trail marker at the trailhead and sparsely placed faded blue blazes through this area, but they are there. There are lots of cool views through this section and plenty of unique region specific fauna that tends to easily distract you from the trail itself.
One quick section of pavement to reminds you of the city life again as you enter Oak Openings Metro park, and a quick left turn along the yellow arrow marked Boy Scout Trail has you plunging back into the woods. Keep following the Boy Scout Trail until you find the Wabash-Cannonball North Fork and head west a short ways and you'll find your vehicle with lunch waiting for you! There are too many highlights through Oak Openings to mention, I hope you all will share for me.
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Land Manager: City of Toledo, OH - Metroparks