Liberty Park–Twinsburg Ledges and Nature Center
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Tips for birding Twinsburg Ledges and Nature Center
The Ledges Area includes the Liberty Park Nature Center building (with restrooms and water fountains), the Ledges Trail (1.1 miles), and the Coyote Run Trail (1.3 miles). There are two smaller trails less than a mile that won’t be described here.
The Nature Center hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The start of the Ledges Trail goes down a hill to a wooded area with some impressive sandstone ledges. There is also a boardwalk leading to a wetlands overlook platform. Please stay on the designated trails and do not wander into the areas marked as having restricted access. There are nature walks led by naturalists into these areas. Consult the Liberty Park website or the Summit County events publications for information on those walks.
The Ledges Trail can have a variety of species including woodland birds like titmice, chickadees, wood warblers, phoebes (nesting on the ledges), pewees, Scarlet Tanagers, and owls. The wetlands can yield Red-Winged Blackbirds, Willow Flycatchers, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and herons.
Please note that there is recent evidence of black bears in this area of the park. A bear may be using the ledges as a den.
The Coyote Run Trail circles the open fields near the nature center. On its south side it runs along the edge of a wooded area. Typical field-dwelling birds can be seen here such as sparrows, goldfinches, Red-Winged Blackbirds and towhees as well as woodland birds that may be on the edge of the forested area like Cooper’s Hawks, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers and cuckoos. The skies above can have Red-Tailed Hawks and Turkey Vultures.
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