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1828 Smith Rd., Akron 44313

Grounds
Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Visitors Center
Mon: Closed*
Tue - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 - 5 p.m.

*Open most Monday holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for details: 330-865-8065

Nature Realm
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ICON

NAME

MILES

CLASS

RATING

TRAIL DESCRIPTION

SPREE

Cherry Lane

0.6

C

1

Cherry Lane Trail is an easy-to-travel loop that connects to Fernwood Trail at a 110-foot-long suspension bridge, taking visitors across a 45-foot-deep ravine.

 


Fernwood

0.5

C

1

Fernwood Trail is an easy-to-travel loop that connects to Cherry Lane Trail at a 110-foot-long suspension bridge, taking visitors across a 45-foot-deep ravine.

 


Seneca

1.4

C

2

Seneca Trail is a partly unpaved loop leading visitors past pines, a deciduous forest and through an open prairie. Portions of the trail may be considered strenuous due to hilly terrain.

 

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.
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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

Many parks exist due to the foresight of a few visionary individuals, including F.A. Seiberling. He donated more than 400 acres to expand Sand Run Metro Park. Land that he owned from 1920 to 1948 was purchased by Metro Parks in 1964 to become the Nature Realm.

Native son Seiberling founded Goodyear Tire & Rubber in 1898. The company produced bicycle and carriage tires and went on to capture the automobile tire business.

Seiberling's interests went well beyond tires. He helped form the original Akron Metropolitan Park District and was a member of the Board of Park Commissioners from 1924 to 1935.

Today, the Nature Realm is a special-use area that has been set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature. For the protection of this park and the safety and enjoyment of other visitors, please follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Dogs are not permitted at the Nature Realm.
  2. Bicycles are only permitted in the parking lot. Rollerblading and cycling are not permitted on the trails.
  3. Remain on designated trails and walkways. Do not climb trees and other structures.
  4. Refrain from picking flowers, walking in garden beds and collecting plants.
  5. Professional photography, wedding ceremonies and the use of portable cooking grills are not permitted.


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Amenities

The 104-acre Nature Realm includes a 10,000-square-foot visitors center with exhibits, kids’ areas, live animals and a gift shop featuring educational and locally-made items. The grounds showcase a suspension bridge over a 45-foot-deep ravine, several gardens, plant identification, observation decks, two ponds, wetlands, hiking trails and a tall-grass prairie. Dogs are not permitted, since the park is a special-use area that has been set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature, including the hand-feeding of chickadees. View the green features that were added during the 2009-10 renovation.


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