Hueston Woods State Park is about 5 hours southeast of Kalamazoo in Oxford, Ohio. Last week's rain had kept me indoors despite my eagerness to check our local wildflowers and I was going to out-of-town this weekend. Yesterday, I was at Miami University of Ohio for an event and I had the afternoon free so I decided to visit Hueston Woods which was only five miles from the University.
Toad Trillium being a highlight.
The park also allows fossil collection (for personal use) in two areas along Four Mile Creek. The Ohio DNR provides a nice guide to the Ordovician fossils of the park [pdf]. I found a couple of nice brachiopods, a horn coral, and lots of mollusk shell fossils in just a few minutes. (Dry Dredgers, a fossil enthusiast organization, reports on a field trip to Hueston Woods with lots of photos.)
College Corner, OH 45003