Established in 1990, the Norma Johnson Center consists of 303 acres of land with three different trails in east central Ohio.  The Tuscarawas County Commissioners  own the entire Norma Johnson Center property.  

The nature trails are open from dawn until dusk every day. Entry is free and open to the public. 



Our three main trails are open to the public year round, from dawn until dusk. The Johnson Loop is off Hidden Hollow Lane. Most of our programs occur in the Conservation Loop, off Conservation Drive, near the red barn. The Preservation Loop which begins by the yellow pole barn, is across from the New Pointe Church.


News and Upcoming Events


Upcoming Luminary Trail Walk at NJC

Nov 01, 2022

Upcoming Luminary walk at NJC December 10, 2022 from 4:30-7PM TuscParks will be hosting the rescheduled “Luminary Trail Walk” at the Norma Johnson Center, located off of State Route 39 between Dover and Sugarcreek on Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 4:30-7:00pm.  The luminary trail walk will begin at the Preservation Loop Kiosk next to the […]

2022 Family Fishing Day

Jun 01, 2022

  + Free Family Fish Event June 18! Bring your family to any of the Preservation Ponds located at the Norma Johnson Center behind the yellow pole barn off of SR 39 to participate in our family fish event.  This event will be cancelled if it rains.   Registration will take place at the event from […]

May – Homeschool Wednesday

May 03, 2022

“I love being in the woods during the Spring.  So much is happening and can be discovered.” Above is a damselfly nymph that was taken from the wetland.   TuscParks Homeschool Wednesday – May Event TuscParks Homeschool Wednesday in May will be at the  Norma Johnson Center, May 11, 2022 from 9:00am to 11:00am. This […]

Birding with Kramer

Apr 27, 2022

    Local birder, Dan Kramer will be our host during the “Birding with Kramer” three part series.  We will meet at the different areas of TuscParks throughout the county.  At the different sites we will hike the trails to explore the birds who live there!  Binoculars are strongly suggested but not required.    Birding […]

Ticks and Tick Borne Illness on the Rise in Tuscarawas County

Apr 04, 2022

        “It is not uncommon to be in the outdoors and come in contact with a tick.  Tick populations and types of ticks are rising in our county and across the state of Ohio.  What surprises most people is that their own backyard is perfect habitat for them.  It is important to […]

We need your help!

Mar 09, 2022

The Trails need your help!  Winter is coming to an end and the trails could use some sprucing up.  While hiking, if you come across debris on the trail go ahead and move it to the side of the trail.  If you are unable or an issue needs to be brought to our attention, reach […]

Feb 14, 2022

Winter Hike success 2.12.2022 Even though the trails were icy community members were ready to get out on the trails at the Norma Johnson Center on Saturday February 12th.  Over 125 attendees chose to walk/skate the icy trails, slide to their destination and have soup and hot chocolate at the picnic shelter.  The children were […]

Tusc Parks Winter Hike at Norma Johnson Center

Jan 25, 2022

“It is always amazing to explore the trails during the winter months,” says Marsha Freeland. “The forest is still very active at this time of year. If it snows, bring your sled or make snowmen along the trails.”   TuscParks Winter Hike at Norma Johnson Center TuscParks will be hosting a Winter Hike at the […]