Access: open to the public
Acquisition: Purchased with a North American Wetland Conservation Act grant, 2010
Parking: gravel lot
Trails: 2.25 miles of moderate trails through forest with views of ponds and wetlands.
From US-131, take Marcellus Highway/CR 216 west toward Marcellus. Head west for 2 miles, then take a left (south) on Bent Road. Bent Road will “T” into Dutch Settlement Road, where you’ll take a right (west). Go 2.3 miles down the road, you’ll come to the preserve on your right (north side of the road).
One of our most popular preserves, Spirit Springs Sanctuary has approximately 50 acres of wetlands that are part of the Rocky River’s largest headwater wetland complex. It contains a large stand of swamp forest as well as areas of sedge meadow and cattail marsh, and a large pond is popular with waterfowl. The uplands have areas of poor to fair oak woodland including a damp area with Virginia Bluebells which may or may not be original to the site.