NPS: Lake Erie Bluffs Gentian Walk


Location: Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County
2901 Clark Road, Perry Township 44081.

Lake Metroparks Biologist John Pogacnik will lead us on a tour where we hope to see a number of rare and uncommon beach plants. We should also see some Fringed Gentian (the plant on our logo) in bloom.

Lake Erie Bluffs is a nationally significant successful modern conservation project. The 600-acre Lake Erie Bluffs property will permanently protect a significant amount of wetland, meadow and mostly undeveloped lakefront habitat used by rare and common plant and animal species. The property remains largely unspoiled by previous development. The mix of 40-foot high beach bluffs and open sandy and cobble beach across 9,000 feet of shoreline are the site's dominant features. The beach area hosts trees, shrubs, and small plants including the majority of the park's rare plants.

Directions: Take Route 2 east to where it ends and becomes Route 20. Follow Route 20 to Blackmore Road. Turn left (north) and follow Blackmore Road until it ends. Turn right (east) onto Clark Road. Entrance to the park will be on the left (north).