words and photos by Anthony Boarman
If you haven’t been to Liberty Park in Twinsburg before, imagine the Seiberling Nature Realm in Akron and Virginia Kendall in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park merged into one. This 3,000 acre Summit Metro Park site offers many experiences within its boundaries.
When I arrived, I stopped in to check out the Nature Center and to use the restroom before a few hours of exploring. This 4,000-square-foot building houses a big wood-burning fireplace, awesome kid-friendly exhibits and rocking chairs in front of large windows where you can sit back, relax and watch nature unfold.
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Once I set out on my adventure, I started at the newest trail, the Black Bear Trail. Although I wouldn’t call any of the trails at Liberty difficult, this is the longest at 2.1 miles. The trail features large uprooted trees, and my favorite portion of Black Bear was toward the end, where the trees are littered with thick brown vines growing every which way.
Next, I made my way to and through the 1.1 mile Ledges Trail. These sandstone ledges are the main attraction due to their natural, mossy beauty. The trail gives a great view of the lush vegetation as a foreground to the ledges.
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About halfway into my hike, I ventured down a dead-end trail that took me to Glacier Cave, a highlight of the Ledges Trail. The cave is small, but it gives you a great in-depth look at these amazing rock formations.
Along with the Nature Center and Ledges Area, the Summit Metro Parks maintain several other large portions of land in conjunction with the City of Twinsburg, making it the largest natural area managed by the the Summit Metro Parks. I barely scratched the surface, but the 30-minute drive from Akron is well worth it.
Anthony Boarman is a social studies teacher and coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He lives in Wallhaven with his wife Emily, daughter Sadie and his dog Ava. He is a lover of all things Akron. To check out more of his work, follow Anthony on Instagram at @aboarman.