Sharon Nature Preserve

Park Location:
6734 State Road
Sharon Township, OH (Use Wadworth 44281 for GPS)

GPS Coordinates:
North: 41°5’31.91”
West: 81°43’9.25”

Park Acreage:
134

Medina County Park District is pleased to announce the opening of Sharon Nature Preserve, a 134-acre property located at 6734 State Road in Sharon Township. The park district acquired the property in 2014 with a $500,000+ grant from the Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation Program. The site officially opened with a ribbon cutting held on October 27, 2022 with park district staff, commissioners, and several members of the community in attendance.

High-quality wetlands dominate the nature preserve, however, a remnant of huge sugar maples resides on an upland knoll in the center of the property where visitors can hike a 0.4-mile nature trail. Open hayfields cover the remainder of the upland ground. Visitors can also hike a 0.6 mile (ADA accessible) gravel trail that loops through a wildflower meadow. The nature preserve is rich in natural resources, including a large swath of wet sedge meadow habitat that borders the Wolf Creek between Ridge and State roads. A pre-acquisition survey of the property found nearly 40 different varieties of trees and shrubs, a number of insects and amphibians, evidence of mammals—including deer, coyote, eastern cottontail, muskrat, racoon, and groundhog—and several noteworthy species of birds: brown creeper, rusty blackbird, wood thrush, and yellow-bellied sapsucker.

The preservation of this land is important to both Medina and Summit counties. It is located in the Wolf Creek Watershed, which is part of the Tuscarawas River Watershed. The water here flows into Barberton Reservoir, which is the drinking water source for the city of Barberton.

There is a 20-car parking lot at the nature preserve. Biking is not permitted at this site. Leashed pets are permitted. Future phases of development at Sharon Nature Preserve include an additional gravel loop trail as well as stream and wetland restoration. Please note there are currently no restrooms at the site (they will be added in 2023).