Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has just over 2 miles of trail and over 80 acres of land. This is a fantastic place to unwind by bird-watching, taking leisurely walks and observing nature. Hobart offers an escape for city dwellers along with unique welded sculptures donated from the collection of the Hobart Welding Institute. Click on the link to view the brochure map for Hobart Urban Nature Preserve.

sculpture in nature
sculpture in nature
view of path as the haze lifts
view of path as the haze lifts
runner on the path in the fall
runner on the path in the fall
Entrance sign
Entrance sign
sculpture
sculpture
scupture
scupture
path
path

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve is located in the heart of Troy. Visitors can be replenished and inspired by activities such as bird-watching, leisurely walks and observing nature while escaping the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Visitors enter via a country lane that is flanked by oak trees and a waving prairie. A trail system leads you through open grasslands, beside a wetland and past four welded steel modernist sculptures that were donated from the collection of the Hobart Welding Institute. The sculptures are placed in distinct habitats to highlight the relationship between nature and art.

History

In 1997, members of the William Hobart, Peter Hobart, William Howell and Robert Bravo families gave a generous 80 acre donation of farmland, located in the heart of Troy, to the Park District. In 1999, a master plan was created by Human Nature, Douglas Reed and Elizabeth Bravo-Benson. The plan is intended to celebrate the dialogue between the native and agrarian landscapes of Ohio, and it has been recognized with a national ASLA award and featured in several professional journals. 

Phase one of the preserve was directed toward the major earthworks, re-sculpting the natural drainage patterns and creating a lake with wetland edges and the first trail loop. Two grants made this first phase possible, one from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund and the other from the Land & Water Conservation Fund. 1,700 native trees and shrubs were planted along the new headwater streams and around the lake. Many of these were made possible through the Park District’s "One Tree at a Time" campaign, which encourages the public to buy trees in recognition of special people or organizations in their lives. The master plan calls for planting a total of over 10,000 trees, so there are many more opportunities.

Phase two of the preserve involved the entry drive, parking area, entry sign and wall. The main entry, off of Dorset Road, brings visitors into the preserve via a country lane experience that is flanked by Oak trees and waving prairie. The corten steel sign and gate, as well as the glacial boulder wall, help feature a unique mix of old and new. The steel also creates a visual linkage to some unique features in the preserve, four welded steel modernist sculptures, Eclipse, Split II, Weldicon, and Trinity, were donated from the collection of the Hobart Welding Institute. These sculptures are placed in distinct habitats to highlight the relationship between nature and art. 

In harmony with the restored natural setting, land management is geared toward promoting a diversity of plant and animal life, providing a unique respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, where visitors can be replenished and inspired by activities such as bird-watching, leisurely walks, and observing the seasonal changes of the landscape. 

Donation for park entrance

In continuing support of the Hobart Urban Nature Preserve, which the Hobart family donated in 1997, the Hobart family donated funds (Julia Hobart of Troy, Katharine Hobart-Moore of Evergreen, Colorado and Surridge Hobart-Frank of Boulder, Colorado) to be used for the development and construction of the Tyrone Street entrance to the Preserve. 

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Observing nature
  • Bird watching 

Natural Features

  • 82 Acres
  • 3-acre wildlife pond
  • Prairie

Facilities

  • 2.26 miles of trail
  • Donor recognition area
  • 5 welded sculptures
  • Program information center
  • Adjacent to the City of Troy’s Menke Park

Miami County Park District offers many education programs throughout the year.  Check out the program calendar to see what programs are coming up at a Miami County Park near you.

  • Naturalist Adventure Series 
  • Storybook Programs 
  • Trail Run Challenge
  • Dog Socials
  • Adult Exploration Hikes
  • Bookmobile