At 5,000 acres, Oak Openings Preserve is the largest of Toledo’s metroparks. Located 20 miles west of Toledo, the park is a worth-it destination run for its variety of scenic terrain featuring wetlands, meadows, prairie, sand dunes, and large strands of pine and spruce.
Oak Openings is terrific for running, with 70 miles of trails. This trail map has excellent information on the various loop options. An easy and favorite trail is the 5.3-mile All Purpose Bike Trail, which passes oak woodlands, prairies, a swamp forest, and sand dunes. This trail also connects to the longer distance Wabash-Cannonball Trail, which heads for miles east and west.
The other trail loop options are more related to the type of terrain desired, for example prairie, sand dunes, woods, lakes, and so on. Ambitious trail runners can do the 15.3 mile Oak Openings Hiking Trail loop.
We recommend parking at the Oak Openings Lodge to access the start of the All Purpose Trail, and at the Mallard Lake area for access to many of the other trails.
- 70 miles of trails. 5.3 mile All Purpose Bike Trail is a good option
- Depends on trail chosen. Marked Walk/Bike path starts at the north end of Evergreen Lake
- Numerous access points and parking areas. Park at Oak Openings Lodge for access to the Walk/Bike path, and the Mallard Lake area for access to many of the other trails