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Sebring Woods parking lot provides access to hiking trail

Mill Creek MetroParks has completed work on a parking lot at Sebring Woods . (Submitted photo)

SEBRING–As part of the MetroParks’ ongoing capital improvement initiative, Mill Creek MetroParks is pleased to announce the completed construction of a 20-vehicle aggregate parking lot at the Sebring Woods facility in the Village of Sebring.

The new parking lot is located on North Johnson Road and provides access to a 0.7-mile primitive hiking trail loop. The primitive trail loop features two natural creek crossings and meanders through a variety of habitats, including wooded wetlands and upland forests.

Along with future projects to be completed in early 2018, the addition of the parking lot provides visitors easier access and enhances the overall user experience at Sebring Woods.

Sebring Woods is the MetroParks’ westernmost facility in Mahoning County. Situated at the intersection of Courtney Road and North Johnson Road, the 39-acre preserve was established in 2010 with a grant through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund.

Sebring Woods consists primarily of floodplain forest and wooded wetlands interspersed with open marsh and upland habitats. Fish Creek, a tributary to the Mahoning River, meanders through the property and helps create and maintain the wet conditions throughout the year.

In May 2010, staff and volunteers from the MetroParks, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Northeast Ohio Naturalists performed an inventory of Sebring Woods and discovered three plant species that had not been previously documented in Mahoning County. Other rare plants and insects were also observed, as well as a large variety of more common wildflowers and songbirds.

To explore, experience and enjoy Mill Creek MetroParks, visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org or call 330-702-3000. Like metroparks on Facebook at (Mill Creek MetroParks) and follow on Twitter (@MillCreekMetro) and Instagram (millcreekmetroparks).

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