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2021 Virtual Travel Circle Series

Posted by ScottC on December 20, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Log on at 2 p.m. each Saturday in January, February and March.

This year’s Travel Circle series will be presented online via Zoom Webinar (videos will be available later)

To watch live: Use the links below, or call 1-312-626-6799, and enter the Webinar ID.




January 2
Japan: Timeless Beauty into the 21st Century, by Vince Walsh

January 9
CaptainK’s 2015 Appalachian Trail thru hike, by Kevin Wietrzykowski
Webinar ID: 858 7192 1074

January 16
Cambodia, by Elliot Tramer
Webinar ID: 860 5184 1058

January 23
European Adventure: Munich Tyrol Vienna, by Anthony DiVitto
Webinar ID: 858 2054 8961

January 30
Cruising Norway, by Judy Pfaffenberger
Webinar ID: 875 6176 2526


Recommended Walks

Typically, each Travel Circle presentation begins with an optional walk in a Metropark. This year, we are recommending walks you can take on your own, anytime.

January Walks:

Quarry Loop Trail
Blue Creek Metropark, Whitehouse
Length: 1 mile round trip
Parking/trailhead: Shadel Road, between Stiles and Neopolis Waterville Roads

Views of tallgrass prairie, meadows, wetlands and a former quarry pond. Exposed Devonian age limestone and glacial striations that can be seen near the pond, not too far from the trail. Towering oaks and hickories growing in open woodland areas.

Northwest Territory Trail
Fallen Timbers Battlefield Metropark, Maumee
4949 Jerome Road, Maumee
Length: 1.5 mile loop

Walk in the footprints of Native Americans and soldiers who clashed in a 1794 battle that lead to the westward expansion of the United States (and statehood for Ohio). The natural landscape highlights an old growth woods of shagbark hickory and red oak as well as early successional meadows. Thousands of trees have been planted in an effort to reforest.

Foxfire Trail
Oak Openings Preserve, Swanton
Parking/trailhead: Mallard Lake Area
Length: 1.5 miles round trip

Hike through an area of mixed hardwood forest and wetland, circling nearby Horseshoe Lake. Floodplain trees such as red oak, buckeye, sycamore and cottonwood tower overhead.

Manhattan Marsh Trai
Manhattan Marsh Preserve Metropark
Parking: Clifford Street in North Toledo
(From Summit Street, turn onto Pontiac Street then turn right on Mayo Street and Left onto Clifford and continue to the parking lot.
Length: 1.3 miles round trip

Explore the newest Metropark – an oasis in the city. A trail circles the marsh, with scenic overlooks and decks.

Swan Creek Trail
Swan Creek Preserve Metropark
Length: 0.76 miles one way

This is a connector trail you can access from either the Airport Highway or Glandale Ave. parking areas. Cross the creek on a swinging bridge strung between large cottonwood trees, and enjoy a striking 90-degree bend in the creek from a scenic overlook.

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