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The Wilderness Center

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One of Stark County's jewels.

Just completed another visit to one of our favorite places in Stark County. Took our boys there... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2019
Massillon, Ohio
Great place to bring family with children

The center / building is lovely but doesn’t have great curb appeal or a great welcoming feeling... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
North Canton, Ohio
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9877 Alabama Ave SW, P. O. Box 202, Wilmot, OH 44689-0202
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Reviewed 24 January 2019

Just completed another visit to one of our favorite places in Stark County. Took our boys there for years. Now, they've grown up and we still visit. Great resource for information about the out of doors.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Normandie1936
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

The center / building is lovely but doesn’t have great curb appeal or a great welcoming feeling. Maybe better signage would help with this. When we went inside the entry, there was a woman at the front desk reading a book. She did not look...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DiFromOhio
Reviewed 8 August 2018

What a joy to discover this gem in the wilderness literally. awesome interactive activities for the children to learn about Local history of plant and fauna. we would definitely need to return to explore the hiking trails, you can borrow a stocked backpack to supply...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 650donaldr
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

We spent an hour walking a few of the trails today. Weather was perfect and the trails were fairly easy to walk. You can pick how long and how far you’d like to go.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank ChristyL727
Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

The Zoar Woods, located between Dover and Zoar, is owned by The Wilderness Center. The path is about 1.5 miles long. It’s very beautiful and quiet. I do have an issue with the driveway back to parking. It’s awful. It’s always been awful. Hopefully it...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank ocmsrsr
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This is the place to take the kids to.They get a chance to run and play and learn about nature all in the same time. Fun for all ages.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank deb73354
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Nice hiking facility and great exhibits for children in visitor's center. Returned to hike and visit after many years and was pleasantly surprised with the upgrades to the facility. Gift shop and small museum is worth a visit.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank nojo716
Reviewed 5 September 2017

I was passing on the road where the entrance was and had heard about The Wilderness Center and many of the activities held there. I enjoyed looking around and using several trails. I got a site map from a dispenser near a large sign on...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Michael M
Reviewed 3 July 2017

We visited The Wilderness Center en route to Holmes County, Ohio. The Wilderness Center was about ½ an hour from our destination (Berlin, Ohio.) We were looking for a place for a short but scenic hike, and The Wilderness Center provided a lovely and relaxing...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank EloiseMac524
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

This is the perfect family-friendly destination. Our young children loved exploring the exhibits inside the building, feeding geese & fish at the pond, and playing at the Nature Scape. The onsite pavilions provide the perfect spot for a picnic lunch.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank MarcHarvey
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4 November 2018|
Response from Compass423721 |
Yes. Leashed.
Jemma H
21 May 2017|
Response from WildernessCenter |
The trails at The Wilderness Center are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk.
29 July 2015|
Response from WildernessCenter |
Stop in to the offices and we will be happy to show you a map to the most recent Tree of Life plantings, Janice.