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Novak (Blanche Katherine) State Nature Sanctuary

Preserving 149 acres in Portage County

Visitors to the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary can expect diversity. The former farm is bisected by Townline Road. Mowed fields lining the road serve as home to bobolink, swallows, warblers, flycatchers and bluebirds.

Trail heads at the east part of the fields lead to loop trails through a second-growth forest rich with songbirds, fox and deer. The west trail is a farm road winding through mature beech-maple forest and lowlands, ending at the edge of a large wetlands complex.

A vast assortment of wildlife inhabits this mix of habitats, including warblers, woodpeckers, thrush, waterfowl, raptors, beaver, small mammals, deer and an occasional coyote.

Local Directions

Located on Townline Road at the eastern edge of Aurora in Portage County, about 1 mile north of Route 82. Parking is by the oil storage tanks on the east side of the Townline Road.

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers

Summer Wildflowers

  • Forest
  • Wetland and successional fields
  • Excellent bird watching opportunities


Observation Area

  • Parking lot
  • 2.5 mile trail system

Managing Agency

The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland. For more information, contact the Audubon Society at (440) 285-2721.

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