Visitor Info

The Norma Johnson Center is located outside of Dover, Ohio, 3 miles west of I-77 Dover Exit 83 on State Route 39. The Center is open to the public 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. Even though memberships are available you do not need to be a member to enjoy all the opportunities available at the NJC.
For more information on the Norma Johnson Center please call 330 339-7976.

Norma Johnson Center Rules

    • Do not pick plants
    • Stay on maintained trails
    • Take out what you take in
    • Pets on leash only
    • Clean up after pets
    • Do not harass wildlife
    • No motorized vehicle/bicycles trails
    • Park only in parking lot

Fishing Rules
Fishing is permitted on a catch and release basis only.
(If you are caught removing fish from the ponds/property the wildlife officer will be notified and a citation will be issued.)

      • Anyone 16 years of age or older will have a fishing license and all Ohio fishing rules and regulations apply.
      • No one under 16 years of age is permitted to be fishing without adult supervision.
      • No fishing after dark.
      • No Littering
      • No Smoking
      • No Fires of any kind
      • No Camping
      • No Alcohol
      • No Swimming
      • No Ice Skating
      • No Ice Fishing

The Tuscarawas Soil and Water Conservation District and the Norma Johnson Center Foundation Board reserve the right to issue citations on a case-by-case basis.

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Preservation Loop
The trailhead is located approximately 3 miles west of Dover, Ohio and 6 miles east of Sugarcreek at the Main Entrance off of State Route 39 by the Yellow Pole Barn, hikers can experience the 1.23 mile Preservation Loop.  Longitude and Latitude coordinates:  40.511219, -81.538883

While exploring the hills, scenic views and open areas of the Preserve hikers will notice different groves of younger trees. Most of these trees were planted by the Johnson family. This part of the property was reclaimed after the mining process due to the Reclamation Act in the late 1970’s. This is one part of the property owned by the Tuscarawas County Commissioners. There are two ponds located in this loop. One is behind the yellow pole barn and the other is at the end of the Maple Trail.  A hitching post is located in the parking lot at this location for those needing this amenity. 

Johnson Loop
This trailhead is located on Hidden Hollow Lane  on the southside of SR 39.  The Johnson Loop trail is 1.31 miles long. The parking area is located along Hidden Hollow Lane.  Longitude and Latitude coordinates:  40.510735, -81.554379

It has been said that this section is the best kept secret at the Norma Johnson Center. The Johnson Loop offers visitors two ponds, open fields, wooded sections, blackberry bushes galore, and Norma’s favorite spot. While hiking along the trails determine your favorite area and decide if Norma had the same choice. This part of the property is also owned by the Tuscarawas County Commissioners and completes the 240 acre plot of land.

Conservation Loop
This trailhead is located off of County Road 139 (Old SR 39) at the end of Conservation Drive. When traveling west from Dover pass the main entrance and take the next right onto County Road 139 (Old SR 39) then take the first right onto Conservation Drive. This road will dead end into the NJC parking lot. The Conservation loop is 1.23 miles in length. Also in this location is the restroom, picnic shelter, hitching post in the trees on the right of the lane and a historic red barn.  Longitude and Latitude coordinates:  40.512382, -81.544111

The Conservation Loop offers hikers lots of opportunities such as the wooded and open trails, bluebird box trails, conservation land labs and installed practices (brown signs), a pond, three walking bridges, a suspension bridge, meadow, wetland, amphitheater, floating observation deck, clubhouse, and observation blind. The Tuscarawas County Soil and Water Conservation District owns 63 acres of this portion of the Center. This part of the property was not reclaimed after the coal removal so high walls and coal spoil can be found during your hike.

Did you know that over 75,000 trees were planted to help reforest the property after the mining.

Walking along the Conservation Trail between the first bridge and the boardwalk flower enthusiasts will find flowers such as: Blood Root, Trillium, False Solomon Seal, and violets. 

Blue Bird Activity
Each spring and summer volunteers are enlisted to check the bluebird boxes for life. For the past several years numerous bluebirds and barn swallows have been hatched. 

Installed Conservation Practices
Over the years the SWCD has installed conservation practices so the public could come and see how certain practices look over the years. The practices are marked by brown signs around the Conservation Loop. For example while walking up the trail from the parking lot you will notice a dip in the trail and a sign on the left that says “Broadbase Dip”. “What is that?” you might ask yourself. A broadbase dip is put along the land where water needs to be diverted off its present path. This will decrease erosion and the creation of rills and washout along our trails. See if you can discover a few more broadbase dips along the trails while hiking the Conservation Loop.