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F.A. Seiberling

Nature Realm

Photo: Visitors near the Nature Realm Rock & Herb Garden

Park Areas

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

Address 1828 Smith Rd.
Akron, OH 44313

Hours Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.
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Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Cherry Lane Trail Cherry Lane Trail 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 Loop Fernwood Loop 0.9 C 1 Fernwood Trail is a moderate loop that connects to Cherry Lane Trail at a 110-foot-long suspension bridge, taking visitors across a 45-foot-deep ravine.
Seneca Trail Seneca Trail 1.4 C 2 Seneca Trail is a mostly 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.

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

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Map

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 Summit Metro Parks in 1964 to become the Nature Realm.

Seiberling co-founded Goodyear Tire & Rubber in 1898 and played a leading role in developing Akron from a small town into the “rubber capital of the world.”

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His 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. Pets 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. Group photography, professional photography and photography for commercial purposes are prohibited at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm. Please see our list of alternate locations.
  6. Wedding ceremonies and the use of portable cooking grills are not permitted.


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  • Take a hike or enjoy the view
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
  • Visitors Center