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Trail Lot
2550 Martin Rd., Bath 44333

Hours
6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

O'Neil Woods
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CLASS

RATING

TRAIL DESCRIPTION

SPREE


Buckeye

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3

This statewide trail circles from the Ohio River (near Cincinnati) to Lake Erie (near Mentor), west to Toledo and then back to the Ohio River. Here in Summit County, the trail passes through Deep Lock Quarry, O'Neil Woods, Sand Run and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "Follow the blue blazes" for the Buckeye Trail.

 


Deer Run

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Deer Run Trail is closed and will require major work following damage sustained in the 5/12/14 storm. The park district hopes to have the trail open by year's end. The challenging, aptly-named Deer Run Trail follows a path worn by white-tailed deer and provides scenic views of the Cuyahoga River Valley. How many steps do you count on the hike back to the top?

 

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

William O'Neil, founder of General Tire and Rubber Company, and his wife Grace donated their 242-acre family farm to Metro Parks in 1972. Their son, M. Gerald O'Neil, served on the Board of Park Commissioners from 1969 to 1978.

The O'Neil family had cattle and horses, and their old barn still stands; the structure is an ideal bat "condo." Other winged creatures in O'Neil Woods include eastern bluebirds, which nest in boxes maintained by staff and volunteers throughout the park.

Eastern woodcocks, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, song sparrows, kingfishers and ruffed grouse have been spotted among the park's oak, black willow, eastern cottonwood, sycamore and black walnut trees. Ferns and wildflowers carpet the ground. Yellow Creek, the cleanest tributary to the Cuyahoga River, harbors turtles, frogs and a variety of fish. Biologists believe this creek's fish will eventually re-colonize the polluted river as cleanup efforts continue.

Amenities

In addition to hiking trails, the 295-acre O’Neil Woods features picnic tables, grills and restrooms near the parking area.


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