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Friends of Conneaut Creek Metropark

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By on February 27, 2016

 

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Status: Open  27 Blakeslee Rd. Conneaut, OH   (east of Rt 7, south off of South Ridge Rd,)

80 acres

Conneaut Creek rises in western Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and initially flows north-northwestwardly past Conneautville into western Erie County. Near Albion, it turns to the west-southwest and roughly parallels the shoreline of Lake Erie for some length, at a distance of about 5 mi (8 km) inland, into northeastern Ashtabula County, Ohio, where, at Kingsville, it turns to the northeast to flow into Lake Erie at the city of Conneaut.

This 79 acres of an exceptional and diverse representation of Ashtabula County’s natural habitats was acquired with OPWC grant funds in 2007.

The paved loop trail, benches, and kiosk were funded by the Ashtabula Civic Development Corporation through their 2015 Placemaking Grant.

The highlights of the park are: steep bank overlooking approximately 3500’ of Conneaut Creek, a designated Ohio Wild and Scenic River, 34 acres of forested high quality riparian wetland, 20 acres of upland mixed woodland, 16 acres of cultivated/successional to partially restored to meadow and forest, 4 Ohio listed plants, and high bank above the riparian area and creek below.  It also has the foundation remnants of the pre-1800 Blakeslee homestead site.

A Butterfly and Pollinator Garden is maintained at this site.