OPRA Park Award 2006
Walks and Talks
Creek Restoration Project and Celebration
In 1997 and 1998, the 404-acre Bath Nature Preserve was purchased. It is
a parcel of land consisting of several environmental habitats--wetlands,
woodlands, riparian, and old-field habitats.
Nature Preserve Map
The Bath Nature Preserve has an entrance on Hickory Farm Lane at 4160
Ira Road. The trailhead was completed in July 2001. It provides parking
for twenty cars and six vehicles with horse trailers, a one-stall
handicapped accessible restroom, hitching post, bike rack, information
kiosk and picnic area.
Currently the township has an agreement with the University of Akron for
them to use the property for research and study.
In the Bath Nature Preserve the multi-use North Fork Trail (hike and
bike) provides access to the public in a way that allows for an
experience of varied habitat and terrain while protecting the sensitive
and unique areas. This trail not only provides daily access but also
provides an education experience. There are also nature and equestrian
trails. Sensitive and unique areas remain as is with limited
intervention and minimal access to maintain ecological integrity in
wetlands and woodlands. The prairie, scrub/shrub, wetland meadows and
forest require active management to re-establish integrity and health.
These sensitive areas are protected by minimizing access.
Bath Nature Preserve Trail Map
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Nature Trail Guide and Info
The University of Akron and Bath Township Field Station
for more info)