Maumee Bay State Park Triple
ElevationAscent: 67' 20 m
Descent: -66' -20 m
High: 616' 188 m
Low: 575' 175 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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NCT: Oak Openings and Maumee State Forest
13.5 mi 21.7 km • Loop • 119 ft Ascent 36.22 m Ascent
Singletrack Whitehouse, OH( 2 )
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“A pleasant combination of the three primary off-pavement trails in the park.”— Ken A
Family Friendly If the full loop is a bit long, youngsters will relish the opportunity to make their way through parts of the swamp.
For that matter, the rest of the trail has multiple points where standing water can either be a hazard, or a fun challenge.
This loop begins on the Mouse Trail, which is a 2.5 mile 8' wide grass trail through the woods that surround the campground. Typically the northeast and south ends are anywhere from wet to standing water. Mosquitos abound during their peak season but by itself is a quick circle tour with access from the visitor parking at the campground entrance.
The unnamed birding trail loop that runs through the middle of the park criss crosses the paved paths but is a 10' wide grass trail that is easily identified. It's mapped here as the Grass Birding Trail. If just doing this loop park at the big hill or lakeside parking lot and you'll see plenty of critters, the 360° view all the way to Canada (on extremely clear days!), hike along the lake, through the woods, across the prairies and enjoy plenty of wildflowers in season. This section does have the potential for standing water but there are ways around it.
The bridal trail should be renamed "The Mini Black Swamp". Personally I love this section because you go traipsing through many sections of ~4 inch water for 30-40 yards at a time and always wonder if the swamp is going to crest the waterproofs. All told, this section gives you everything the native people suffered through navigating the Great Black Swamp... well...except the clean blazed trail, malaria, random Saber tooth threat or European invasion! As mentioned earlier, waterproof boots or a desire to get wet and muddy are required for this section.
I hope you enjoy the park and really enjoy these less traveled areas!
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