13480 Congress Lake Avenue
Hartville, Ohio 44632
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.
Quail Hollow has over 19
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
five-mile, day-use bridle trail and four-mile mountain bike trail (for
a review of the trail, link to the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association).
The Nature For All trail is a 2000 ft. paved interpretive trail for
those visitors with a physical challenge. Interpretive audio tapes and
brochures are available at the visitors center as well as along the
is recommended at the Shady Lane Pond but prohibited in the beaver pond
on the park's north border. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.
More To Do
the park's visitor center, a certified Backyard Habitat site attracts a
variety of wildlife and may be viewed year-round from inside the
visitor center. One-way glass allows visitors an up-close look at
animals while a hidden microphone brings birdsong indoors. A short walk
from the visitor center is the 9,000-sq-ft. herb garden with more than
300 culinary, medicinal and scented herb plants.
A playground and volleyball court are located at Shady Lane picnic area.
Picnicking is available in several locations. All picnic areas are available to the public year-round during park hours.
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.
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 blazing star,
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,
white-tailed deer and wild turkey.
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
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
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
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.
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, Triangle Lake and Kent Bog are open during daylight hours.
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