Ohio state parks are just as diverse as the terrain of the state itself. Inland lakes, caves, reservoirs, and beaches provide plenty of opportunities to explore nature while the parks and islands in the north along beautiful Lake Erie showcase a completely different side. In the south lie the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains where visitors can take in amazing views that get even better when the seasons change from summer to autumn. There is something for every outdoor enthusiast in Ohio.

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01Maumee Bay State Park

Maumee Bay State Park just outside of Toledo, is a perfect way to experience the history and beauty of Lake Erie. The park's wetlands contain a wide variety of animal life and over 300 species of birds, including great blue herons, Canada geese, and ruddy ducks. Ring-necked pheasants also populate the park's meadows. Visitors enjoy water activities like swimming, fishing, boating, and paddle-boarding as well as trails for mountain biking, hiking, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Bird watching is one of the most popular reasons people visit the park. It sits along the Lake Erie Birding Trail, and bird lovers flock to the area to watch warbler migration every spring.

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