Located in Boardman Township, the Mill Creek Preserve consists of over 300 acres of upland and wetland habitats. Formerly the Orvets Sod Farm, the MetroParks acquired the property using grants from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund and Wetland Resource Restoration Sponsorship Program (WRRSP). Due to its location along Mill Creek and the presence of a regionally significant large forested wetland complex, the MetroParks identified this property for acquisition in order to protect these sensitive habitats.
The Mill Creek Preserve also has an upland ridge to the west which overlooks the Mill Creek valley. Habitats here include a large wooded ravine, several small streams, young forests, fallow fields, and a prominent ridge of low, densely covered shrubby vegetation ideally suited as cover for wildlife of all types.
The expansive acreage of the Mill Creek Preserve and its diverse, high quality habitats create many opportunities for bird watching, hiking, and other passive recreation activities. Look for white-tailed deer, coyote, eastern cottontail rabbits, red-tailed hawks, and a wide variety of songbirds, which have all been observed at this unique site. The Preserve offers visitors the opportunity to observe wetland habitats up close throughout the year, and each season brings with it new colors and activity.
About 2 miles of trails have been created through wetland and upland habitats at the Preserve, allowing visitors to experience these habitats and the wildlife within them up close. Parking is available off of Western Reserve Rd.; there are no restroom facilities on-site.