Eagle Point Trail

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Natural Areas and Preserves, Tinker’s Creek State Nature Preserve.

Trail Location

Aurora, Ohio (Portage County)

Take State Route 91 in Twinsburg, Ohio to Old Mill Road. Take Old Mill Road east. Access this trail from a small gravel parking lot on the North side of Old Mill Road, just after crossing a railroad track.

A view from the elevated deck across an open water emergent marsh at Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve.
A view from the elevated deck across an open water emergent marsh at Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve.

Trail Summary

  • Length: .2 mile
  • Duration: 1/2 hour
  • Surface: Natural/gravel
  • Type: In and back
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accessibility: No

Trail Description

The Eagle Point Trail is a short trail with a narrow gravel surface.  There may be wet areas, so wear your boots.  The trail is level, making for an easy walk.  Bring your bug spray, or be prepared for mosquitos.

The hiking trail meanders through a young forest with an overstory of oaks, red maples, ash and other deciduous trees.  At the time we hiked the trail, there were brush piles formed when thew preserve managers cut manyh invasive buckthorn shrubs in the area.  The piles provide nice habitat for rabbits and other mammals, so keep a look out for them.

As the path winds through this small woods, vernal pool wetlands are found along both sides.  You will see sensitive fern, enchanter’ nightshade, tearthumb, and other common plants of moist forests.  Once you reach the observation deck, you will look out on a large marsh.  At the far edge of the marsh, to the right, you will be able to see the nest used by a pair of Bald Eagles.  If that is a little hard to see, you can look down on the ground near the deck and see an old fallen eagle nest that has been placed there to give visitors to this State Nature Preserve an idea of the size and look of a real eagle nest.