Liberty Park–Pond Brook Conservation Area

Liberty Park
3973 East Aurora Road
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
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Liberty Park–Pond Brook Conservation Area
Coordinates: 41.3144213, -81.4092922
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Tips for birding Pond Brook Conservation Area
The parking lot (with restrooms) for this area is located at 3973 East Aurora Road (OH-82) in Twinsburg. The Buttonbush Trail (1.5 miles) runs through forested areas as well as going alongside Pond Brook. This stream used to be a straight canal-like waterway, but a few years ago the parks altered it to a more natural winding creek. There are some small fields with sparrows, goldfinch, flycatchers and Red-Winged Blackbirds. The wooded trails can yield woodpeckers, warblers, owls, hummingbirds, tanagers, and other woodland species. The openings along the trail that overlook the creek can have Great Blue Herons, phoebes and kingfishers. Be sure to scan the trees along the opposite side of the stream for birds, as well.

There are two restricted areas in this section of the park. One area is along the Buttonbush Trail and is clearly marked, and the park does have naturalist-led walks into this area. Please check the website or the park’s event newsletter for when these walks take place, and do not enter the area on your own. The second restricted area is south of OH-82. It is an undeveloped area along a gravel road. Access to this area can only be obtained by submitting a request form to the park ahead of time. See the park website for how to obtain access this area through the proper form. You must carry a copy of your printed approved access form to enter this area.
From Ken Andrews

About Liberty Park
Long before Liberty Park was formed, humans in prehistory 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, the 1,908-acre Liberty Park is a unique partnership between the City of Twinsburg and the park district. The city manages the park’s 100-acre recreation area, including the playfields and playground. Metro Parks manages the remaining acreage, including three trails and the Pond Brook Conservation Area. Both areas are open 6 a.m. to sunset.

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. Metro Parks has designated this a Low Impact Area, meaning mowing, trails, and other park improvements will be kept to a minimum. This protects the various species that live in the area’s wetlands and vernal pools.

Liberty Park harbors countless rare and endangered species, including Indiana bats, marsh wrens, ospreys, and bald eagles. Other creatures seen here include beavers, long-tailed weasels, dragonflies, butterflies, red-backed salamanders, wood frogs, and turtles. In July 2006, Audubon Ohio named Liberty Park an Important Bird Area.
From Liberty Park webpage