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O'Neil Woods Metro Park

O'Neil Woods

Metro Park
Facebook Photo: O’Neil Woods, Deer Run Trail

Park Areas

Deer Run Trail

Address 2550 Martin Rd.
Akron, OH 44333

Hours Mon-Fri: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Deer Run Trail Deer Run Trail 1.8 C 3 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 your way down to the river valley below?

Classes: A = Multipurpose  |  B = Accessible*  |  C = Basic  |  D = Primitive**  |  E = Bridle

Ratings: 1 = Easy  |  2 = Moderate  |  3 = Difficult

* Flat, easy trail or section with asphalt or crushed limestone surface.

See our  Spree For All page for more information about accessible trails.

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

Park Map

Furnace Run Map

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; today the structure houses a small maternity colony of big brown bats. East of the barn, you will walk along a scenic section of Yellow Creek, one of the cleanest tributaries to the Cuyahoga River.

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Deer, wild turkey, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers and eastern box turtles have been spotted among the park's oak, black willow, eastern cottonwood, sycamore and black walnut trees.

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Activities
  • Take a hike or enjoy the view
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom