Mentor Marsh, designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1966, occupies an ancient abandoned channel of the Grand River. It was also the first site to be dedicated as a state nature preserve. A beech-sugar maple forest occupies the higher elevations bordering the marsh. At the eastern edge of the preserve, there is a mixed oak swamp forest, a forest type destroyed in most parts of the Lake Erie region.
A major restoration effort is currently underway lead by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The goal is to remove and contain the aggressive non-native common reed (Phragmites australis) and restore marsh and swamp forest that once dominated the basin. The preserve is co-managed by the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
- Open dawn to dusk
- Stay on designated trails
- Pets are not permitted
- No public restrooms
- Nature Center open Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm April-October
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4 miles of hiking trails