The Richland County Park District is dedicated to introducing and interpreting our region's natural heritage to the citizens of Richland County. Our goal is pursued by preserving natural areas for people to experience, and by providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the rich diversity of life and habitats in our county. The Richland County Park District operates two facilities- The Gorman Nature Center and The Richland County B&O Trail.

Our Locations

Gorman Nature Center
Featuring 150 acres of deciduous forests, fields, prairies, ponds and streams, Gorman Nature Center provides over five miles of public hiking trails close to the population centers of Richland County. Families and individuals are welcome on the hiking trails from dawn till dusk or in the facilities visitor center from (9am-4pm) Monday-Saturday. RCPD staff naturalists sponsor weekly programs for the public featuring a wide variety of topics ranging from naturalist led hikes, field trips, lectures, workshops, and night sky programs. In addition to public programing, the RCPD offers daily on-site or nature center programs for schools, youth groups, garden clubs, seniors citizens, service clubs, etc.



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Gorman Nature Center Map
Richland B & O Trail
Come bike or hike the historic Richland B & O Trail, part of the public trails that began back in 1983 funded by the US Congress' National Trails System Act. When CSX (formerly Chessie/ B&O)abandoned this track in 1986 the Richland County Park District obtained the right-of-way. The rest is history. Richland County became the 70th Rails to Trails project, and now provides and maintains 18 miles of scenic trail through the heart of Richland County, connecting the villages of Butler, Bellville, Lexington and the city of Mansfield.



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About RCPD

Our goal is pursued by preserving natural areas for people to experience, and by providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the rich diversity of life and habitats in our county.

Our Location

Gorman Nature Center
2295 Lexington Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44907

Business Hours
Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays. Trails are open from dawn to dusk.)

419-884-FROG (3764)

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