I had a glorious day off last Friday due to parking lot repairs at work and I talked Dana into abandoning his school work to go on a hike on the Zimmerman Trail, part of the Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve. Part of our motivation was to see if we could see the eagle’s nest from the north side of the marsh. When we got to the end of the trail we could see it but it was too far away for any good photos, plus Dana would have to haul his telescope about 4 miles. However, we did see a lot of other great “stuff” along the way. And we only met one other “human” hiker in the 3 hours we were on the trail. We had plenty of other company.
Mentor Marsh occupies an ancient abandoned channel of the Grand River and was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1966. North of the marsh is a ridge, covered with hardwoods, mostly beech and sugar maples. The marsh trail starts at an open area of water called Shipman’s Pond. The trail was mostly dry but muddy and wet in some low spots. The Buckeye Trail , a 1,444 mile trail from North to South in Ohio, runs concurrent with the Zimmerman Trail here, thus the blue blazes.
This area is a magnet for all kinds of birds and animals. Woodpeckers, cardinals, robins and red-winged blackbirds were abundant, as were others we could hear but not see (wish I could bird by ear!). We had deer shadowing us for part of the walk. Other deer grazed unafraid as we passed by. Also, it’s always a succesful day when a toad and a snake appear on the path! Turtles on the pond capped our lovely day in the woods by the marsh. Hope you enjoy my slideshow!
For more information:Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve 5185 Corduroy Rd
Mentor, OH 44060 Lat/Long Coordinates N41 43.784′
W081 18.333′ Also, here’s a link with description of this part of the Buckeye Trail