Sharon Woods Metro Park--Edward S. Thomas Trail

About this Location

Parking for the Edward S. Thomas Trail is available at Schrock Lake. The 1-mile trail traverses the Edward S. Thomas Nature Preserve. There is an observation deck at the northwest corner of the trail. Please note that off-trail activity is prohibited in the Nature Preserve. Please stay on the trail. The walk may be extended by taking the Oak Openings Trail. There is also a Connector Trail to the Spring Creek Trail.

About Sharon Woods Metro Park

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The 14-acre Schrock Lake serves as a focal point of this 761-acre Metro Park. The lake provides the setting for kids’ and seniors’ fishing, bird watching, and picnicking.

The park is a mixture of forests and open fields. You’ll see numerous towering oak, hickory, and beech trees. Many seasonal pools associated with the swamp forest communities are present and provide critical spring breeding habitats for amphibians and other wildlife.

Bicyclists and joggers will enjoy the park’s four miles of paved trails. Those seeking a quieter walk will enjoy nearly three miles of nature trails that wind along stream beds and wetlands.


  • Restrooms on site

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