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Edison Woods MetroPark Prairie Complex

Prairie Name

Edison Woods Metropark Prairie Complex

Location

Edison Woods Preserve  is a massive  complex of forests and created prairies in central Erie County, south of SR 2 and east of SR 61, and north of Mason Road, along several roads.

Prairie areas are the light green areas on the Edison Woods PDF map, downloaded  from the Trail Maps, Edison Woods MetroPark Trail Map, at this site: http://eriemetroparks.org/index.php/facilities/camping/

Owner

This giant complex of created prairies belongs to Erie MetroParks.

Prairie History

The Edison Woods MetroPark was acquired from a poser company, which had earlier acquired the lands for a nuclear power reactor. But the Three Mile Island incident terminated the local project.

After MetroParks acquisition, several hundred acres of former row-crop lands were carefully planted with native tallgrass prairie species. Together, the Edison Wood prairies are among the largest in Ohio.

Size

The prairie meadows exceed 400 acres in a number separate locations.

Prairie Description

With approximately 1300 acres of sandstone cliffs, wetlands, woodlands, and meadows, Edison Woods is a giant complex of native habitats, including over 400 acres of tallgrass prairies.


Walking trails are frequent and expansive. See the map in the link above.


Visitation Information

Parking, except at the park office on Smokey Road, is limited to roadside berms, so be careful in parking. No restroom facilities or water are available at the site.