Nelson Township, Ohio
—  Township  —
Location within Portage County.
Coordinates: 41°18′37″N 81°3′3″W / 41.31028, -81.05083Coordinates: 41°18′37″N 81°3′3″W / 41.31028, -81.05083
Country United States
State Ohio
County Portage
 • Total 24.7 sq mi (63.9 km2)
 • Land 24.7 sq mi (63.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,050 ft (320 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,985
 • Density 121.1/sq mi (46.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44231
Area code(s) 330, 234
FIPS code 39-53858[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086833[1]

Nelson Township is one of the eighteen townships of Portage County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 2,985 people in the township.[3]


Located in the northeastern corner of the county, it borders the following other townships and municipalities:

  • Parkman Township, Geauga County - north
  • Farmington Township, Trumbull County - northeast corner
  • Southington Township, Trumbull County - east
  • Braceville Township, Trumbull County - southeast corner
  • Windham Township - south
  • Hiram Township - west
  • Troy Township, Geauga County - northwest corner

Most of the village of Garrettsville was formed from southwestern Nelson Township.

Formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve, Nelson Township covers an area of 25 square miles (65 km2).

Name and history[]

It is the only Nelson Township statewide.[4]


Nelson Township is the site of Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park, a 167 acres (67.6 ha) park featuring several rock formations that includes hiking trails, waterfalls, and picnicking areas. Also in the township is the Nelson Ledges Road Course hosts motorcycle and sports car racing events.[5] Nelson hosted the 4th, 5th, and 6th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos from the duo Insane Clown Posse at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park from 2003–2005.[6]


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[7] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.


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