Fowler Woods is an excellent example of a beech-maple community, grading into swamp forest on the lower ground. Several low areas are water-covered most of the year and occupied by large buttonbush swamps. The numerous buttonbush swamps and woodland pools scattered throughout Fowler Woods support a wide diversity of breeding amphibians during the spring and early summer months.
This nature preserve is one of the best sites in Ohio for viewing spring wildflowers. Especially notable are the spectacular displays of marsh marigolds in April. Later in May the forest floor is blanketed with an outstanding diversity of spring wildflowers including trilliums, violets, Dutchman's breeches, jack-in-the-pulpit, spring beauty and phlox. The woodlands support a variety of nesting birds including red-headed woodpecker, ovenbird, redstart and scarlet tanager. This is one of the few areas in north central Ohio where one can still hear the haunting song of the veery. The preserve has a handicapped accessible boardwalk which provides access. The site also features parking lot and observation tower. Spring and fall are the best times to visit Fowler Woods to avoid biting insects.
- Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
- Stay on designated trails
- Pets are not permitted
- No public restrooms
1.25 mile wheelchair accessible loop boardwalk trail. Visit this link to a video of the new boardwalk.