History & Wildlife
Long before Liberty Park was formed, prehistoric people camped here, drank the clean, cold springs, and hunted game. Upon European settlement, trees were cleared for farming, but maples were spared for their sweet sap.
Today a nature center sits amid 3,000 acres. The park harbors countless rare and endangered species, including Indiana bats, marsh wrens, and bald eagles. Other creatures seen here include beavers, otters, red-backed salamanders, wood frogs, gray ratsnakes, and numerous dragonflies and butterflies. Large trees exist on rock ledges and in wetlands within the conservation area, where fens and bogs are "protected" by poison sumac and swamp rose. In 2006, Liberty Park was designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.
The park (the largest natural area managed by Summit Metro Parks) is a unique partnership between the City of Twinsburg, Ohio State Parks and the park district. In 2001, Twinsburg residents passed a bond measure to purchase the Twinsburg Ledges Area. In 2014, Summit Metro Parks entered into an agreement with the Ohio State Parks to manage Tinkers Creek State Park and Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve. The State properties are contiguous with Liberty Park's Pond Brook Conservation Area.
Liberty Park Ledges is a special ecological 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:
- Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails but not permitted in the Nature Center.
- Bicycles are only permitted in the parking lot. Rollerblading and cycling are not permitted on the trails.
- Remain on designated trails and walkways. Do not climb on ledges and/or boulders.
- The use of portable cooking grills is not permitted.