Barnes Preserve


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The Barnes Preserve is a nature park that was specifically designed to give kids and adults with physical limitations equal opportunities to experience nature; barrier-free and fully accessible. The preserve has nearly a mile of non-challenging ADA paved trails that meander through the woods and into a meadow.

The Barnes Preserve is a nature park that includes nearly a mile of ADA paved trails, a protected wetland pond, and a Meadow. The trails, known as Casey’s Trails,  begins at the Romich Pavilion and meanders through a mature woods and passes by Koehler’s Pond. An accessible observation deck gives a bird’s eye view of the pond that is teeming with turtles and frogs and other aquatic life. There is a good chance visitors will see other wildlife using the pond for hydration. The trail continues to the Meadow where all kinds of native flowering plantings and lush habitat that attracts birds year round plus plenty of varieties of milkweed; making the meadow a monarch mecca! The trails circle back to the Romich Pavilion and main parking lot giving visitors a relaxing and therapeutic visit. The Park District is planning to develop the remainder of the property in the near future; creating a fishing pond, additional trails, and more wetlands.


The Barnes Preserve land was once part of the Wayne County Care Center and is named after Don and Dorothy Barnes family that operated the Care Center for many years.



The Barnes Preserve encompasses 76 acres and is the only Wayne County Park. It is located at 3396 Sylvan Rd., Wooster, Ohio, 1/4 mile south of the Secrest/Sylvan intersection. It is near the Wayne County Care Center and OARDC/Secrest Arboretum.


Dawn to Dusk.

Romich Pavilion


Available with reservations or on a first come, first serve basis.


The Preserve has been utilized by Boy Scouts groups, Geocachers, and environmental groups and science classes. Contact us today to schedule your group for educational opportunities.


The Park District maintains the Barnes Preserve on donations.  We receive a little funding from the county to operate the current park (Barnes Preserve) or future parks as grants do not normally include monies for operational use. We know you appreciate the Barnes Preserve and hope that you will consider making a donation.