There’s never been a better time to visit one of our region’s parks then right now as we enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Whether looking to hike, swim, enjoy a round of golf or try something new like stand up paddle boarding or zip lining, Northeast Ohio’s parks offer something for everyone.
This month our region will also be part of the 100th anniversary celebration of our country’s national park system. On Saturday, August 13 Feast to the Beat, a national road trip tour traveling the country, will be in town to celebrate our national parks, American roots, food and music at Hart Crane Park in the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, that includes the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park is one of three Feast to the Beat is stopping at this summer.
The event is just one opportunity to visit our parks this summer. Learn more about some of our other great parks below, and be sure to visit your local convention and visitor’s bureau to discover even more ways you can enjoy your local park system!
Cleveland Metroparks: The Cleveland Metroparks include 18 reservations and more than 20,000 acres of land. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and horseback riding, in addition to miles of trails.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Located along the banks of the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, it is the 11th most visited national park in the country. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, biking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, golfing and more all can be enjoyed in the park’s 33,000 acres.
Erie MetroParks: Located in Erie County, this park system includes 13 parks. Visit places such as “The Barnyard” and the “Enchanted Cottage
Geauga Park District: The Geauga Park District is home to 192 parks and 10,000 acres. Geauga’s Park District is a great place for fishing, horseback riding, boating and camping
Lake Metroparks: Encompassing 33 parks and reservations, Lake Metroparks boasts 6 lakefront parks, a 50 miles of trail to hike, golf courses, educational programs, multiple nature centers and Lake Farmpark, an agriculturally themed park.
Lorain County Metro Parks: With 23 parks and reservations covering 9,000 acres, the Lorain County Metroparks features the Schoepfle Garden, which contains 70 acres of botanical gardens.
Summit Metro Parks: This park system serving Summit County includes 14,100 acres and 125 miles of trails, and features a 33-mile Bike and Hike trail and 13 miles of the Ohio and Erie Canal
Mill Creek Metroparks: Located in the Mahoning Valley, Mill Creek Park stretches over 2,600 acres. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, Par-3 or championship golf, tennis, sand volleyball and more.
Medina County Park District: Medina County is home to 15 parks that conduct year-long programs such as star gazing parties, speaking engagements and a series devoted to exploring nature.
Portage Park District: The Portage Park District operates four parks, including Towner’s Woods Park, which covers 234 acres and is located at the site of a 2,000-year-old Hopewell Indian Mound.
Stark County Park District: Stark County maintains 12 parks which feature two educational centers as well as outdoor, cultural and ecological programs.