The Reservoir Nature Trail is an 8’ wide, multi-use trail extending from the Defiance Reservoir parking lot through aprox. 2500′ of natural wooded area. It connects to the ‘lower’ pathway around the municipal reservoir. This walkway offers opportunities for recreational uses such as bird watching, leaf-peeping, or just enjoying quiet walks through nature. It is intended that habitat improvement projects would be performed all along this walk to increase an already robust wildlife population.
The ‘upper’ trail is a 1-1/4 mile stone walkway around the top of the reservoir that provides unobstructed views of the reservoir and occasional waterfowl. Benches are spaced along the walk and handicapped parking is provided near the boat ramp.
The Reservoir trails utilize a section of the historical Miami & Erie Canal along Canal Road and connect to the Buckeye Trail which, in turn, connects Defiance to the scenic 7-state North Country Trail.