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Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron 44319

Little Turtle Pond
2400 Harrington Rd., Akron 44319

Sled Hill Drop-off
55 E. Warner Rd., Akron 44319

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6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

 

Firestone
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ICON

NAME

MILES

CLASS

RATING

TRAIL DESCRIPTION

SPREE


Redwing

1.1

C

1

Redwing Trail is an easy loop footpath that connects to the Willow Trail.

 


Walking

0.9

C

1

The easy Walking Course is a favorite among seniors and young families. It passes the Tuscarawas Race and connects to Willow Trail.

 


Willow

1.6

C

1

Willow Trail passes the Tuscarawas Race, Tuscarawas River and Little Turtle Pond, where young anglers 15 and under can fish.

 

Class  A=Multipurpose  B=Accessible*  C=Basic  D=Primitive**  E=Bridle

Rating  1=Easy  2=Moderate  3=Difficult

*Flat, easy trail or section with asphalt or crushed limestone surface that meets or exceeds ADA requirements.
See
Spree For All for more information about accessible trails. Click for OPDMD trails

** Rugged and challenging with uneven surfaces and steep, narrow routes


History & Wildlife

Dairy cows once grazed the hillsides of the area known today as Firestone Metro Park. In 1949, Metro Parks received a gift of 89 acres from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Acquisitions of nearby parcels expanded the park to 258 acres.

In 1956, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources completed construction of a nearby dam, intended to create a reservoir for industrial water needs. As the reservoir of the adjacent Firestone Golf Course filled, the water table rose downstream, forming the large wetland and marshy meadows of Firestone Metro Park. Along with the Tuscarawas River and Tuscarawas Race, which once channeled water to the Ohio & Erie Canal, the area is home to fish, crayfish, frogs and turtles.

The meadows and forest shelter foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, muskrats, rabbits, mice, voles and moles, along with many beautiful summer and fall wildflowers. More than 175 bird species have been sighted in Firestone Metro Park, including various types of wrens, thrushes, warblers, woodpeckers, herons and ducks. A number of different raptors – including bald eagles – have also been spotted.

A note to visitors: Poison sumac is found in the wet areas of Firestone Metro Park. This small tree/shrub contains a powerful skin irritant, similar to that of poison ivy. To avoid it, stay on designated trails.

Amenities

Firestone Metro Park features play fields and areas for cross-country skiing, sledding and fishing. The park contains Tuscarawas Shelter and the popular Coventry Oaks Pavilion, both of which can be reserved.


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