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  • 54 - Blue Heron Reserve

    Sandusky County Park District
    Sandusky County Road 260, off of U.S. Route 6
    Clyde, OH 43420


    Public Access

    Open daily, dawn until dusk


    Hiking Trails, Handicap Accessible Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 24'9.03"; W 82° 57'13.35"

    Driving Directions

    From U.S. Route 6, go south on Sandusky County Road 260. The park is on the right.

    What to Look For

    Blue Heron Reserve encompasses 160 acres and is owned and managed by the Sandusky County Park District. Nearly 1.5 miles of trails bisect the reserve's varied habitats, which include woods, meadows, shrubby areas, wetlands, and a pond. Almost a mile of trail is recycled plastic boardwalk. This is a good site to visit during the breeding season. Well over 100 species have been documented in the reserve or nearby. Some nesters include both species of cuckoo, Red-headed Woodpecker, Willow and Least flycatchers, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and nine species of sparrows including Vesper, Grasshopper, and Savannah sparrows.

    Natural Features

    A small fen occurs on the area, which can be viewed from a spur trail. Fens are specialized wetlands fed by cold, calcium-charged ground water and provide habitat for specialized and often rare plants such a shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa), a beautiful shrub with lemon-yellow flowers.