The Outdoors: From Old-Growth Forest to Rolling Country Roads
Wayne 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.
East on East Lincoln Way, right on Hillcrest, then left on Sylvan Rd. 330-465-7882
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
Trailheads at Ohio Ave. in Rittman, Kauffman Ave. in Sterling, and beside the police station in Creston. 330-939-3571
Website: www.waynecountytrails.orgThe 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
799 Freedlander Road, Wooster, 44691, 330-263-5275
Website: http://www.woosteroh.com/parksTrout 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. 330-298-9198
Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
SR 3 south to SR 226 near Shreve 330-567-3390
Oak Hill Park
Intersection of Oak Hill Road and Oldman Road, Wooster 44691 330-263-5275
Website: http://www.woosteroh.com/parks1.7 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
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.comWooster Memorial 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 were 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.