Description - Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve lies amid thousands of acres of rich peat, swamp and marshland. The nearly 786-acre preserve teems with a great diversity of plant and animal life. Nesting waterfowl and songbirds can be seen during the spring and early summer. Canada geese and wood ducks nest throughout the marshes and can be observed from the trails around the Seven Ponds area.
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Tinkers Creek Nature Preserve
Beaver ponds dot the preserve and add to the diversity of plant and animal life by providing habitat for greater numbers of species. White-tailed deer, raccoon, mink, weasel, muskrat and fox are some of the mammals frequently spotted along the trails. Among the reptiles and amphibians present are snapping turtles, water snakes, four-toed salamanders and bullfrogs.
Even though it is located near a large metropolitan region, the Tinkers Creek area has remained isolated from development and has kept much of its pristine charm and natural integrity. Tinkers Creek was dedicated as a Scenic Nature Preserve in 1974, thus preserving a valuable watershed and natural community for future generations of Ohioans.
- Much of Tinkers Creek Nature Preserve is inaccessible to pedestrian traffic because of wet and swampy conditions. However, visitors can enjoy 2.75 miles of trail that traverse open field, hardwood stands and evergreen patches. Excellent birdings is enjoyed along the trails of Tinker's Creek.
Recreation - Tinker's Creek Nature Preserve offers its visitors an opportunity to study nature, bird watch and enjoy winding wetland and upland trails. Restrooms are available.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
Tinker's Creek Nature Preserve is located in Portage and Summit counties southwest of Aurora, Ohio.