Van Buren SP

Van Buren SP

12259 Township Road 218 Van Buren, Ohio 45889

Van Buren State Park webpage
Van Buren State Park map

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About this Location

Van Buren State Park lies in the rich agricultural plains of northwest Ohio. The plains, referred to as till plains, receive their name from the glacial debris, or till, which covers preglacial hills and valleys. The till plains are the result of the deposition and smoothing action of the glaciers. Most hills in these areas are mounds of boulders and soil left by the retreating Wisconsinan glacier.

Beneath the almost continuous cover of glacial deposits lies sedimentary bedrock which, in this region, is mostly limestone with a little shale. Much of this limestone is the magnesium-bearing form called dolomite.

The original vegetation of the area, before settlement, was mostly woodland. Today, much of the vegetation consists of farm crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat. Locally, a small but valuable remnant of the original woodland remains. Beech and sugar maple occupy a large portion of the wooded area in Van Buren State Park. Mammals found in the area include red fox, red squirrel, white-tailed deer, raccoon, skunk, and opossum. Other animals found are the eastern garter snake, spring peeper, eastern bluebird, eastern meadowlark, cowbird, woodcock, and short-eared owl. Wildflowers abound in the fields and woodlands of the area. Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauty, thimbleweed, daisy fleabane, and chicory are commonly found around the park.

Notable Trails

Van Buren State Park Trails
Twelve miles of multi-use trails traverse a variety of terrain through scenic woodlands and along river bottoms including a 2-mile interpretive nature trail with signage beginning at the family campground area and ending at the west end of the park.

Hiking trails include:
Scarlet Haw Trail – 1.5 miles
Pine Glenn Loop Trail – .5 mile
Lake Shore Trail – 3 miles
Interpretive Trail – 2 miles

Three miles of mostly single-track mountain bike trails meander through the south shore woods providing both novice and intermediate riders with scenic views of Van Buren Lake and woodlands while crossing the boardwalks over ravines and offering some challenging features. Trailhead begins at the South Shore Picnic Area parking lot. Follow the blue blazes.

Four bridle trails also allow hiking:
Red Trail – 2.5 miles
Pink Trail – 4 miles
White Trail – 2 miles
Yellow Trail – 3 miles

A description with a map of a 2.7-mile hike using the trails at Van Buren State Park is on the AllTrails website.

Restrooms on site.

No entrance fee.

Content from Van Buren State Park webpage