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The Outdoors: From Old-Growth Forest to Rolling Country Roads

leaves.jpgWayne County provides many diverse opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. There are natural foot trails, paved trails, bike trails, birding and fishing areas, and even equestrian trails sure to please nature lovers of every kind.

Barnes Preserve

East on East Lincoln Way, right on Hillcrest, then left on Sylvan Rd. 330-465-7882

Website: http://www.waynecountyparkdistrict.org

The Barnes Preserve is a fully accessible nature park. The park encompasses 76 acres of mature woods and meadow with nearly a mile of ADA paved trails, an observation deck overlooking a wetland pond, and a beautiful pavilion.  The park is ideal for recreation and therapeutic walking and biking.  

Brown's Lake Bog

SR 3 south past intersection of US 30, turn south on Elyria Rd., then turn west on Brown Rd. Park on south side of road (near Shreve Lake) 614-717-2770

Website: http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/brownslakebog

A national landmark, where you can see a kettle hole bog formed by glaciers over 13,000 years ago. A boardwalk and earthen trail allow for short hikes and there is parking on site. Open dawn to dusk.

Countyline Trail

Trailheads at Ohio Ave. in Rittman, Kauffman Ave. in Sterling, and beside the police station in Creston. 330-939-3571

Website: www.waynecountytrails.org

The Countyline Trail is currently 6.75 miles long and mostly on the former Erie railroad bed. Much of it parallels the active CSX railroad for "train watching" possibilities. Currently almost one mile from CR 504 to Kauffman Ave. is "on road."

Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area

SR 3 south, right onto SR 95, left onto dirt road just before Village of Funk to reach the wildlife observation platform. 330-567-3390

Website: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/funkbottoms

This 1,490-acre wildlife preserve is located behind Mohicanville Dam and has an observation tower for viewing animals and birds. Open year round. Open for hunting and trapping.

Grossjean Park

799 Freedlander Road, Wooster, 44691, 330-263-5275

Website: http://www.woosteroh.com/parks

Trout Unlimited in partnership with the City has established a trout fishery in Apple creek at Grosjean Park. Fly fishing and the practice of catch and release is strongly encouraged. The fishery is open to the public; those anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Ohio fishing license.

Holmes County Trail

Trailhead by Fredericksburg Elementary School. 330-674-0475

Website: http://www.holmestrail.com/

The Holmes County Trail is 15.5 miles of paved surface (one mile in Wayne County). The trail is open to buggies and other non- motorized vehicles, as well as to equestrians, hikers and bikers.

Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve

13240 Fox Lake Rd., Marshallville, 44645 Four miles north of Orrville on SR 57, then one mile east on Fox Lake Rd. 330-527-5118

Website: http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/johnsonwoods

This 206-acre ecosystem provides a 1.5-mile boardwalk foot trail providing views of one of Ohio's few remaining old-growth forests. Pets prohibited in preserve. Handicapped accessible.

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area

SR 3 south to SR 226 near Shreve 330-567-3390

Website: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/killbuckmarsh

The 5,671-acre marsh offers a 3.7-mile wildlife observation and earthen foot trail where visitors can view birds, including trumpeter swans that frequent the area. Wearing muck boots is recommended. Open for hunting and trapping. Open for fishing in the creek.

Oak Hill Park

Intersection of Oak Hill Road and Oldman Road, Wooster 44691 330-263-5275

Website: http://www.woosteroh.com/parks

1.7 mile long trail. The 10-feet wide paved section is for walking, jogging, or biking and the adjacent grass berm is wide enough for cross country skiing. Included in the park is the City's first official sledding hill.

Secrest Arboretum & Gardens at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center

1680 Madison Avenue (US 250) in Wooster 44691 330-263-3761

Website: http://www.secrest.osu.edu/

Find pleasant vistas among open lawns and extensive plant collections, designed landscapes, educational exhibits and meeting places in this outdoor research laboratory and educational display garden. Gardens are handicapped accessible.

Shreve Lake Wildlife Area

West off SR 226 on Force Road, near Shreve 330-567-3390 or 1-800-WILD-LIFE

Website: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/shrevelake

This 228-acre wildlife area, which is open for hunting and trapping, has a beautiful 58-acre lake that is a fisherman's dream with a boat ramp and an accessible fishing area that's perfect for children; lake is currently drawn-down for repairs until further notice.

Sippo Valley Rail-Trail

Village Green Park, Freet St., Dalton 44618 330-466-1580

Website: http://waynecountytrails.org/

Enjoy breathtaking views of eastern Wayne County on the 9.5-mile paved biking trail (2.5 miles in Wayne County). The trail also includes four bridges and an equestrian trail.

The Wilderness Center

9877 Alabama Ave. S.W., Wilmot, 44689 330-359-5235 or 877-359-5235

Website: http://www.wildernesscenter.org/

Enjoy six scenic hiking trails totaling approximately 10 miles. Visit The Wilderness Center's Interpretive Building, which features a fossil wall, interactive display room, meeting rooms, bookstore/gift shop, trails, and animal observation area.

Wooster Memorial Park

Silver Rd. off US 250, Wooster, 44691 330-263-5275

Website: http://www.friendsofwmp.com

Wooster Memorial or "Spangler" Park is found off of U.S. Route 250 just five miles west of town. Consisting of over 320 plus acres of pristine woodland for hiking. New renovations are being done in 2017 that include a new parking lot, new benches, signage and a 1 mile long ADA accessible paved trail. The park has over six miles of primitive trails, scenic overlooks, picnic pavilions and public restrooms. Wooster Memorial offers some wonderful educational opportunities or just a place to get back to nature. Foot traffic only please. No bikes, horses, or motorized vehicles permitted.