The newest addition to the parks of Wayne County, the William J Robertson Nature Preserve is quite a treasure.
On a snowy day in December, a friend and I bundled up and we made our way to Rittman to explore this new addition. Although it was cold, about 20 degrees, and cloudy, there was still much to be observed.
In many of the ponds, Canada geese, mallards, and (I'm sure) other waterfowl were enjoying the open water. The wind rustled the reeds. On top of "Mt. Rittman" you can look out over the City of Rittman, the Morton Salt Factory, and acres and acres of wetlands. The trails were obvious, even with the light snow cover. Many are accessible for all, but there are a few a little more rustic (unless we accidentally followed a deer trail). In the distance we watched 6 deer take off from the tall grasses, leaping and bounding, not knowing we were no threat.
Benches and pavilions are plentiful for resting and pausing to reflect.
One area, an ecotone, between the tall grasses and the tree line, a number of bluebirds and goldfinches in their winter color flitted about.
After our stroll, I drove down the road a little further and found the main entrance (d'oh). Please note, when you visit, if you come from 57, turn down Sheets Rd, turn on Morning Star, there is a small parking area right away, but if you continue driving just a little further, there is a better parking area with facilities.
Finally getting a chance to be there in person, I'm very excited to watch this park grow.
Below are some images I captured that day. Below those are the park rules, map, and the incredible history of the area.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.