Mill Creek MetroParks’ newest preserve is located in the Village of Sebring in Smith Township. It’s also the MetroParks’ westernmost location in Mahoning County. Situated at the intersection of Courtney Road and Johnson Road in Sebring, this 39-acre preserve was established in 2010 with a grant through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund. Sebring Woods consists primarily of floodplain forest, 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 property.
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. Pretty remarkable for such a small preserve!
A hiking trail is still under development.
Access is currently limited to MetroParks educational programs; there are no parking or restroom facilities available on-site.