Appreciate local parks

We are so fortunate to have such wonderful natural areas in Erie County that are open for the public to enjoy! I had two mornings of
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

We are so fortunate to have such wonderful natural areas in Erie County that are open for the public to enjoy! I had two mornings off work and my spring fever got the best of me.

I started the first day at Pipe Creek Wildlife Area. The improvements to the entrance are great! It makes the area much more welcoming and inviting. So much of our waterfront is not open to the public, so this was a treat. The area has many possibilities. Thanks to all who had a hand in cleaning up this area. On my walk I enjoyed many sights and sounds of birds and other wildlife. As I was leaving, two people were entering the area on bicycles.

My next stop was Edison Woods, near Berlin Heights, where I spent the next four hours! Spring was evident everywhere. Many wildflowers were blooming. But the highlight for me was seeing a pileated woodpecker. I saw no other person while I was hiking. If you want to escape the crowds and noise, this is the place.

My second day took me to the Huron River Greenway. I hiked from Dupont Marsh, along River Road, to Mason Road and back. This was a distance of about five miles. This is a great place to get your exercise and to enjoy the beauty of nature at the same time. On the trail I passed five people. One man was on a bicycle, one man was walking with a cane, one young woman was jogging and two other people were walking.

Spring is a special time to be outdoors. Take time to discover and explore our natural areas and you will come alive!

Mary Warren

Sandusky