Frohring Meadows South Loop
ElevationAscent: 35' 11 m
Descent: -35' -11 m
High: 1,143' 348 m
Low: 1,112' 339 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“The trails at Frohring Meadows are mainly through an open-sky, prairie environment—a rarity in the east.”— Jonathan Engdahl
Once you reach the outer trail, turn left and head south. The first quarter mile on the outer loop leads through some semi-marshy areas, though the trail remains dry, and then intersects a short connector which leads back to the lodge and restrooms. Along this section, I saw my first snipe. Continuing south the land rises a bit and becomes drier. Along this section, you are likely to see redwinged blackbirds, bobolinks, and rabbits. After 0.6 miles you'll cross the entrance road.
If you continue on the trail for another 0.2 miles, you have to make a decision. If you continue on the gravel path, you'll go through 1.5 miles of mostly deep woods before coming out into the open again, at which point you'll still be a half mile from your car. If you turn left, there is a 0.1 mile dirt footpath cutting through the field back to the paved trail. Where the shortcut joins the paved loop, there is a bench with a nice view of the park where you can rest to greet the joggers and dog-walkers before the final 0.2 miles back to the starting point.
This park is unique because virtually all other parks and trails in northeast Ohio are in wooded areas. Don't get me wrong—I love the woods, but I live in the woods, and it is refreshing to get out into the open at Frohring, and see the prairie and the wide open sky.
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