A collection of great places around Wayne County, Ohio where one can enjoy the great outdoors.
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Barnes Preserve 3396 Sylvan Rd. Wooster, OH 76 acres owned & operated by the Wayne County Park District. 1 mile of paved ADA accessible trail through mature forest, overlooking a woodland pond, and wanders through a meadow. A number of additional mowed paths cut through the woods and meadow.
Clear Creek Park 668 Venture Blvd. Wooster, OH Open dawn to dusk Facilities: restrooms, pavilion, play ground, overlook Best use: walking, birding, nature observation. References
East Union Township Cemetery Rd. next to the baseball fields in Apple Creek, OH Short .5 mile loop and the new addition, a longer 1.2 mile crushed gravel path Best use: walking, nature observation Beautiful Country Views
Freedlander Park 400 Hillside Dr. Wooster, OH City of Wooster public park with a wide range of amenities. Walking path begins behind the pond following the disk golf course. Open dawn to dusk. Facilities: Restrooms, picnic areas, sport fields, fishing pond, playground, and more. References
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area 10666 Blachleyville Rd. Wooster, OH Owned and maintained by The Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Over 1,500 acres of wetland in portions of Wayne and Ashland counties. Short walk to observation platform. When water is low, a path along the marsh is exposed.
Grosjean Park Freedlander Rd. Wooster, OH Owned and maintained by the City of Wooster, in partnership with Trout Unlimited. 57.5 acres including a winding section of the Little Apple Creek. Very primitive trails leading to various entrances to the creek.
Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve 13240 Fox Lake Rd, Marshallville, OH Owned and maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. 1.4 miles of wheelchair accessible boardwalk. 206 acres of old growth forest and wetland.
Kidron Community Park 4434 Kidron Rd., Kidron, OH Rustic trails.
Kinney Field 2534 Burbank Rd., Wooster, OH Roughly one mile of paved multipurpose trail. Owned and maintained by Wayne County Park District Park is used by the City of Wooster for youth soccer leagues and 4th of July firework celebration.
Melissa Shultz Nature Preserve 1170 Akron Rd. Wooster, OH 6 acres of woods and meadow with a ravine and creek that feeds into the Little Apple Creek. The park is dedicated to the memory of Melissa M Schultz, amazing scientist, educator, friend, and mother. Preserve is open year-round to children, families, and educators from the area. Public is welcome to use the nature preserve by permission of the Montessori School of Wooster by calling 330-264-5222.
Oak Hill Park Oldman Rd. Wooster, OH 100 acres of former farmland planted with 150 additional trees and 7000 native Ohio prairie plants. 1.75 miles of paved trail.
Secrest Arboretum 2122 Williams Rd. Wooster, OH A sprawling campus comprised of theme gardens and amenities with paved walkways, seating areas and a diverse collection of woody and herbaceous plantings.
Walton Woods ~1277 Mechanicsburg Rd. Wooster, OH 9.3 acre city of Wooster public park with just over 1 mile of primitive walking trails. In spring you can find a variety of early spring wildflowers. In late fall the invasive winged euonymus turns a brilliant red. Late spring to early summer migrating warblers can be observed.
The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave. Wilmot, OH Although it sits just outside of Wayne County, The Wilderness Center is an incredible asset to the area. Hosting everything from events, classes, to self guided walking along the paths there is something for every nature lover here. The headquarters sit on 619 acres with 10 miles of hiking trails winding through old growth forest, meadow, prairie, wetlands, and more
William J Robertson Nature Preserve 85 Morning Star Dr. Rittman, OH Miles of trails on 210 acres located on the east side of Rittman. Paved and rustic trails take you through wetlands, swamps, by ponds, and up Mt. Rittman.
Wooster Memorial Park 5197 Silver Rd. Wooster, OH 422 acre primitive park owned by the City of Wooster but maintained by the Friends of Wooster Memorial Park group. Over 11 miles of trails through wooded, steep ravine, and along Rathburn Run. Great wildflowers and fall foliage are just some of the highlights of the park.
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Where to go to enjoy the great outdoors in Wayne County, Ohio.
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