Here are our Top Three Spring Wildflower Trails on Put-in-Bay (also known as South Bass Island), Ohio
After an unusually chilly April, turns out Mother Nature was setting us up for an abundant and sudden spring. May is already buzzing with reports of some of the best spring bird migration reports in years, and along with the birds on the move is the quieter, but no less showy, blooming of spring wildflowers.
Jane Coate’s Wildflower Trail ~ Peaking now is the wildflower called Dutchmen’s breeches, what many regard as an early sign that Spring has arrived. These plants with dangling, pearly white flowers resemble a gent’s pants and they carpet the wooded area of Jane’s Trail and several other areas of the islands. Jane’s Trail is flat, but has a few protruding limestone rocks. You’ll find Jane’s Trail about a 1/3 mile from the Miller Ferry Lime Kiln Dock, Put-in-Bay, just turn right onto Langram Rd. off the ferry dock, then take the first left onto Put-in-Bay Rd., Look for trail entry on your right (across from cemetery).
Cooper’s Woods ~ Nineteen acres in the heart of the island, you’ll find this tract of older growth maples, oaks, walnut and hackberry crisscrossed with walking trails. Be on the lookout for small cave openings; Put-in-Bay is honeycombed with caverns. Colonies of wildflowers and other flora spill throughout; Mayapple, trillium, mosses, toothwort, anemone, dame’s rocket and more are making their show now. And look up, listen….for birds taking perch in the woods. Enter the trail near the Mother of Sorrow’s Catholic Church, off Catawba Ave.
Massie’s Cliffside Preserve ~ One of our favorite places to pause and take in a summer sunset, Massie’s Preserve is about 2 miles east of the Perry’s Monument. The walking trail is a flat, easy walk to the shoreline and well worth the walk for the sweeping views of Lonz Winery, Middle Bass Island, Rattlesnake Island and harbor of Put-in-Bay. Look for blue phlox, Dutchmen’s breeches, columbine and summer harebells.
Hope you’ll find time to take in Nature’s spring tonic ~ the great outdoors. See you on the Island!