More than 20 Story Book Trails to Check Out in Toledo

Our list of local ones to check out

Families can enjoy nature while reading a story with Storybook Trails, a recent phenomenon spread across the Toledo area’s public parks and libraries. Children can navigate through the trail with their parents while learning about different aspects of nature from various authors.

“Visiting a Storybook Trail is a great opportunity for families to enjoy learning in the outdoors together,” says Mary Mertz, Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources. “Kids of all ages will find fun and interactive ways to engage with these stories all while discovering more about conservation and the natural world.”

The program debuted in 2019 as The Ohio Department of Natural Resources placed an emphasis on the importance of literacy, health and the benefits of connecting with nature. Since then, it has expanded to Metroparks and libraries that guide participants along half-mile trails while following a favorite story. While trekking, children can follow along with the story using the wooden signs. There are 20 trails in our area with different stories at each location. There is no cost to walk the trails. Check out the locations below to start planning your adventure!