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Nice nature walk

Was in town visiting family, lived in the area as a child and never had gone wish I had before now... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Cherie F
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio, United States
Wow! Great trails!!

This was our first time at Sterling Nature Center, but it won't be our last. We took our dog with... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2018
Kathy G
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Auburn, New York
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

Was in town visiting family, lived in the area as a child and never had gone wish I had before now. We only got to spend a couple hours there due to rain. Nice trails and plenty of nature to take in. One trail leads you right down to the lake shore with view for miles and others along the lake and into the woods. Pack a lunch and make day of it. Will have to go back sometime to see the rookery in action.

Thank Cherie F
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

This was our first time at Sterling Nature Center, but it won't be our last. We took our dog with us. There are numerous trails, each one with different characteristics. There is a stand at the entrance that has trail maps with descriptions and it was refilled while we were there. The lady working at the nature center was very informative and friendly. We spent several hours waking the trails. You can customize your experience by selecting trails that interest you (forest, field, lake, pond, etc.) and keep the distance to your desired length. The trails were groomed well and there were none that we encountered that were too strenuous. Lots of wildlife present - frogs, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, variety of trees and growths, turtles. Some trails are in direct sun - others are under shaded canopies. There are benches along the way and observation points. So much to see!! This is a great place to explore!!

Thank Kathy G
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Took grandkids here to see the rookery in full swing. Early June. Great and kids loved it. Even got to see a bald eagle flying about 20 feet above our heads. Nature center is super, trails excellent and a beautiful lakeside walk.

Thank 542jerryz
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

This is a good place for all ages. They have shorter trails with amazing views of the lake and shore. The heron rookery is an amazing site. There is a small gift shop and learning/exhibit area in the building. Admission is free but we decided to get a membership ($25 for family) to help support the center , get a 10% merchandise discount, get a tax write off and learn about special member events. Look forward to returning and checking out other trails.

Thank jeremyb821
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

Wonderful county site for nature walks, picnics and hikes! I has asked about paddling and there is a canoe launch site just before the entrance. Here it looks like a nice Stillwater paddle on a creek but I'd suggest spring. We walked all the trails which added to several miles and enjoyed the well kept trails and sites. the Great Blue Heron rookery will be great in spring. There are other attractions nearby as well as a large state park to the west for campers nd the like. The Sterling site was great as we had it all to ourselves although the building itself was closed.

Thank KestrelHaven
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

I grew up around the corner from this place. My dad would have us kids & dog jump in the back of the pick up truck and drive us over, many would bring a bar of soap after a long hard day on the construction site! It use to be called "Genvolts beach". They have re done it, so it has a big pk lot, beautiful hiking trails, scenic bird watching deck, pavilion and the beach extends for mikes as it always has since I was a kid. Here's some pics! (Long, long time ago...while the Renaissance faire was is in town, down the road as well, they would have an event called the "6:01 club, the faire ended at 6pm on Sunday and the actors would run down to the beach and dance around a campfire naked! Us kids were told NOT to go down then! Hahahaha. To my knowledge, they do not do that anymore.

Thank sewcute75
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Best place to watch bald eagle in NY, from nest to the sky. We went there in early August, the center is almost empty, really enjoyable. Bugs are not a problem at all, we spay deep woods OFF on ankles and neck, and Permethrin on clothes. Trails are all connected, remember to pick up a map at parking lot.

Thank Bing W
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful views peacefull ,nice trails dog friendly could of spent the whole day hope we make it back soon

Thank arthur p
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

This was my first time at this nature center. My daughter and grandkids have been before because they live near there. This place is amazing. It is off the beaten path and not many people know about it. The trail to Lake Ontario is wonderful. The path goes through the woods and out to the lake. The walk to the bluffs is very easy. We went on the trail to the heron rookery and that was the best. I could have stayed there all day. The trail is through the woods that opens up to the swamp with several nesting herons. It was amazing. There are benches to sit on and watch. Beautiful place and it is FREE!!

Thank Charlene B
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We went back this time of year because we read that the herons come back to nest. We were not disappointed. There were about 10 occupied nests. We saw a pair of blue teal ducks, a clutch of gaiters snakes and other birds. Perfect spot to refresh yourself. Also we were able to bring the dog on the leash.

Thank 649simap
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