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Esbenshade Wetlands

Located along the Black Fork River bordered by the Ashland University wetlands, the property contains 76 acres. The site is mostly floodplain forrest. Also, a buttonbush swamp and a marsh are found here.

A large beaver dam flooded almost 20 acres to create the buttonbush swamp where muskrats, beaver, and a variety of waterfowl live. At present, there are limited trails for walking and hiking. While a full trail loop has yet to be developed, there is still am- ple opportunity to enjoy the wetlands, upland forest, and river bottom forest. The dedicated hiker will find summer and fall to be the best time to hike when the mosquito population diminishes. The property is also popular for seasonal hunting and fishing. Access to the area is of off of Crider Road underneath the I-71 bridge.

Park Amenities

Esbenshade Wetlands
Mansfield, Ohio 44903
GPS Coordinates
40° 47′ 58.6176” N
82° 23′ 17.4048” W

Crider Road, West of Rt. 603 Ashland, OH 44805
Just west of St. Rt. 603 in Richland County