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Hermon Woodlands Metro Park

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Hermon Woodlands Metro Park

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Compass183234 wrote a review May 2020
Ada, Ohio71 contributions10 helpful votes
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I’ve known this park was here the past few years, but never gone. I was even here last May for a graduation party, but at the building near the front. What a beautiful place! When playgrounds are back open it’ll be even better. Check out my pictures! There are cute bridges, four different trails/loops, and the signage is perfect. I’d downloaded the map but didn’t need to. The paths are perfectly sized/packed down but not walking in mud/grass. You could probably ride a bike through the whole thing if you wanted. The beginning is paved but only for part of the first loop. We will definitely be visiting again!!!
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Date of experience: May 2020
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akrick11 wrote a review Jun 2019
Dayton, Ohio8 contributions2 helpful votes
I wanted to love this, I loved the idea of the storybook walk so much. There were pretty trees and flowers, not many walkers out and about. The children's play area was nice with a log cabin, some rope swings and a huge sand pit with lots of toys. When it came to the storybook trail it could have used some more signage throughout, we got lost and confused about where to go next. That being said, it was hot, humid and we were walking with a 2 year old. We should have brought bug spray, the mosquitos were buzzing everywhere. Now we know t come more prepared this year with bug spray, wet wipes for after playing in the sand and to look at the storybook map better before we begin, or better yet, take a picture on our phones. Lots of parking, restrooms available. So excited to have this park nearby, we just needed to be better prepared.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Clarissa C wrote a review Oct 2018
Lima, Ohio11 contributions4 helpful votes
Great breath of fresh air with safe and engaging environment for young children. The trails are not strenuous. Young and old would enjoy this walk in the woods.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Paul S wrote a review Mar 2017
Marion1566 contributions1175 helpful votes
The newly opened (May 2016) Hemon Woodlands is the newest addition to the Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks system. You might say it still has that "new car smell" as it less than a year old. The packed gravel paths and sturdy bridges look like they've hardly been used although about a dozen people were out on the two miles of loop trails when we were there on a weekend afternoon. The park has restrooms, two covered and enclosed picnic shelters that can be rented, a storybook trail, and a discovery play trail for kids. I think it's great to include those features for kids but I also think it's sad in this day and age that you have to have a designed and designated area where it's okay for kids to play. Back in the day, any place that wasn't fenced off (and, ahem, a few that were) was a place to play. A lot of time and effort went into posting the story book signs along the trail but I wish they had numbered the panels so you could follow them in order, especially since the signs are on both sides of the path and there are no directions to start clockwise or counter clockwise. Bear Sleeps On is a fairly simple children's book but we didn't get the whole story. Despite the best care and a mild winter, moisture is already getting between the panels so I fear they may not be readable in a few years. It is still a great place to get out and walk in the woods. It is not far at all from Lima and Elida but it seems like it out especially out on the western loop. Plenty of parking on paved lot and the trail surface is okay for wheelchairs and even the flimsiest strollers.
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Date of experience: February 2017
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