7395 Basil Road
Baltimore, Ohio 43105
Smeck Park webpage
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About Smeck Park
Smeck Park is 48+ acres in Liberty Township in the northern part of the county. The site was acquired 1999 by donation from Harold Smeck.
Some of the activities you can enjoy at this park are viewing the Windmill and Fetter Hood Barn, birding and nature watching, photography, hiking or walking, dog walking, playing in the natural play areas, picnicking. There are deep ravines and meadows, mature mixed hardwood trees, a Civilian Conservation Corps pine plantation, and fields that are partially divided by Little Walnut Creek and the Ohio & Erie Canal.
The park provides a prime example of the power of the last great glacier, the Wisconsinan, that began its retreat some 14,000 years ago. The glacier flattened hills and filled in valleys. As it melted, it would have produced unimaginable torrents of water rushing from its face and cutting deep into the landscape leaving behind the ravines.
There are two trails in the park.
Paw Paw Trail. This 1.5-mile trail combines with Walnut Creek Trail to make a two-mile loop. It is a natural, unpaved trail that may be considered moderate, going along ridges, ravines and meadows. Hikers can expect to see ephemeral spring wildflowers, sycamore trees, a stand of CCC-planted pine trees, paw paw trees, and encounter birding opportunities. Pets on leash are welcome.
Walnut Creek Trail. This 0.5-mile trail combines with Paw Paw Trail to make a two-mile loop. It is a natural, unpaved trail that may be considered moderate, with steps to a ravine and through a meadow. Hikers can expect to see ephemeral spring wildflowers, sycamore trees, a forested area, and Walnut Creek.
From Smeck Park webpage
Restrooms on site.