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Quail Hollow State Park
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Quail Hollow State Park © Jim Snyder
Hiking trail and/ or cross country skiing.
Quail Hollow State Park © Christine Evans
Quail Hollow State Park © Christine Evans
Quail Hollow State Park Winter Wonderland © Jim Snyder
Hiking and/or cross country skiing trail.
Quail Hollow State Park © Christine Evans
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13480 Congress Lake Ave NE
Hartville, Ohio   44632
(lat:40.9783 lon:-81.3105) map location

Phone: (330) 409-8096
Quail Hollow is a landscape of rolling meadows, marshes, pine and deciduous woods surrounding a 40-room manor. Scenic woodland trails, gardens and the house offer a variety of natural and cultural experiences for visitors.
Nature of the Area
The rolling fields, stately woodlands and moist wetlands of Quail Hollow are evidence of the effects of glaciation which occurred over 12,000 years ago. Glaciers have had a profound effect on the drainage system, topography and soil/mineral composition of the area. Natural lakes are a feature of the glaciated landscape. These bodies of water were formed when large pieces of ice broke off the glacier and melted in depressions forming these kettle lakes. Most are small, old and more properly classified as bogs or marshes. Nearby Congress Lake is one of Ohio's natural lakes.

Quail Hollow's habitat diversity allows for an abundance of plant and wildlife populations. Poison sumac and other unique plants grow in the sphagnum peat bog. A tall-grass prairie supports purple coneflower, sneezeweed and other prairie plants. The woodland swamp is home to spring peepers, chorus and green frogs while the deciduous and coniferous forests provide shelter for the red fox, raccoon, skunk and white-tailed deer. A beaver colony exists on the northern border of the park.
History of the Area
The turn of the 19th century witnessed the coming of frontiersmen to northeastern Ohio. Although the land was still wilderness, the American Indians were already being forced westward. Tribes native to what is now Stark County, principally the Delawares, were virtually gone by 1810.

One of the earliest settlers to enter the region was Conrad Brumbaugh. His first home on the new property was built around 1820 on land that was to become the park. It was a two-story log house measuring 24' x 24', complete with a cellar constructed of stone. By 1842, a wooden frame house which incorporated the original cabin was built. Many years later, this house was destroyed by fire.

Acquisition of the Brumbaugh homestead and other properties, ultimately totaling 720 acres, was begun in 1914 by Harry Bartlett Stewart. The Stewart's original tract, adjacent to the Brumbaugh homestead, was called the Minnie Taylor Farm after Harry Stewart's wife.

The small farm house on the Minnie Taylor Farm was built in 1838. During the first few years the Stewards owned it, the home was used mainly on weekends during the autumn hunting season. By 1929, additions to the farm house and construction of its two neighboring structures were completed and the home became the permanent residence of the Stewart family. The main house, the adjacent servant's cottage and the garage appeared as they do today, reflecting strong Greek Revival and Federal architectural influences.

The Stewart's son, Harry Bartlett Stewart, Jr. and his wife Catherine moved into the manor in 1937. Mr. Stewart, like his father, was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad.

The Stewart family resided in their home until 1975 when they offered the acreage and building to the state for one-half the appraised valuation. The U.S. Department of Interior provided funds for the state to acquire Quail Hollow State Park. On May 15, 1975, Quail Hollow came under the administration and management of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation.
Ohio does not have an annual pass and does not charge entrance fees to state parks.
GeneralLand, acres701
 Water, acres2
 Hiking Trail, miles10
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles4
 Bridle Trails, miles4
 Visitor Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
CampingGroup Camp, capacity25
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
The park's primitive group camp is available on a reservation basis to incorporated organizations. The camp includes a fire ring, picnic table and waste water barrels. Water must be carried in and trash must be packed out. Parking, water and restrooms are 1/4 mile from the site.

Quail Hollow State Park is located near Akron, Alliance and Barberton

Picnicking is available in several locations. All picnic areas are available to the public year-round during park hours.
Quail Hollow has over ten miles of trails ideal for hiking, jogging, nature study or cross-country skiing. Eight interpretive nature trails explore the unique natural habitats for which each is named. There is also a four-mile, day-use bridle trail.
Nature Programs
Quail Hollow State Park is devoted to the recreational study and appreciation of Ohio's cultural and natural history. Now called the Natural History Study Center, the former Stewart family home is primarily used for educational, nature-oriented and community activities. The library, kitchen, dining room and basement rathskeller can be rented by incorporated organizations wishing to hold meetings at Quail Hollow. A Visitor Center located within the home is open on weekends 1-5 p.m.

Workshops and special events are held at Quail Hollow year-round. Special interpretive programs, nature hikes and outdoor educational experiences may be arranged upon request for classes or groups.
Area Attractions
Quail Hollow is located in Hartville, a town renowned for its fine restaurants. The area surrounding Quail Hollow has a large Mennonite population plus many craft and antique shops, as well as several golf courses. Longaberger baskets and Hartville chocolates are made in Hartville.

There are many points of interest in the nearby Akron-Canton area. Tours are available of the tire-making plants; Stan Hywet Hall, an English Tudor mansion; the Hoover Historical Center; and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Nearby West Branch and Portage Lakes state parks offer excellent opportunities for camping, swimming, fishing and boating. Several state nature preserves in the area offer glimpses of unique bog vegetation. Jackson Bog and Kent Bog are open during daylight hours while Triangle Lake can be accessed by permit only.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 14 christmas at the hollow by mike
park review stars; one to five this was my worst experience in 10 years of going to this event- over crowding, poor control- you all screwed up a great event- no more visits from our family
June 17
park review stars; one to five
May 22 We love Quail Hollow!
park review stars; one to five This is a great park - wonderful trails and picnic areas for family hikes!
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