My 8 year old has requested that we visit all the Metroparks this summer so we decided to begin our tour of the Metropark with Farnsworth located at 8505 S River Rd, Waterville, OH 43566.
Treasures you’ll find at Farnsworth Metropark:
The Interurban Bridge
The Interurban Bridge was once the largest earth filled, concrete reinforced bridge in the entire world, though the bridge is in ruins it is quite a sight to behold.
The Roche de Bout (also spelled Roche de Boeuf)
The Roche de Bout is one of the only significant rock outcroppings in the Northwest Region of Ohio and serves as a support for the bridge. The rock was an important landmark to Indians centuries ago, who met on the rock for meetings, including one before the famous 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers. As long as the water level is somewhat low, you can easily wade out to the rock.
The 100-mile Bowling Green Fault line, the only fault line in the entire Great Lakes Region & it runs through the park. If the water is low enough you actually are able to see it.
Towpath Trail is 2.5 miles and Easy (Stroller and ADA accessible).
The trail parallels the Maumee River the whole way, passing by several islands on the river owned by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. (Unfortunately, there’s no way of getting to the islands).
However the Kayak Concession is open and you can rent a Kayak and Kayak around the islands.
Price: (Credit card payments only) Single Kayak, $10 per hour Tandem Kayak, $15 per hour Downriver kayak trip, Farnsworth to Side Cut Metropark, including transportation back to Farnsworth, $20 per person. E-bike rental, $10 per hour
Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fishing & Camping & Picnic Areas
The playground (closest parking lot is the Boat Launch entrance to the park on 8801 S. River Road (US24), ) is AWESOME!
It includes; a turtle, a Great Blue Heron, a buckeye leaf, and even the Bowling Green Fault Line are depicted in the sculptures. Not only can children enjoy playing outside in the park, but they can learn about it at the same time.
And there is a really nice, new, shelter adjacent (and restrooms too) that is available to rent along with a charcoal and gas grill (locked)…it would make the perfect spot for a family reunion, birthday gathering, etc. Kids could play on the playground, older kiddos/adults could take turns kayaking, have a cookout, walk the towpath, and enjoy the natural beauty that is Ohio!
Hours: 7am-dark everyday
Address: 8505 S River Road (US 24) Waterville, OH 43566
Ranger Phone: (419) 779-6052