11211 Spear Road Concord Twp.,
OH 44077 (440) 639-7275
(440) 358-7275 Visitor Services
Portions of two state designated wild and scenic rivers - and many
tributaries - flow through and are protected by Lake Metroparks. In
addition to protecting watersheds and open space, Lake Metroparks
annually provides nearly two-and-a-half million visitors with
countless recreational and educational experiences at diverse
facilities including an agriculturally themed park, a nature center,
a state-of-the-art education and wildlife rehabilitation center, two
golf courses, a 4.8-mile paved bike/hike trail, six parks on Lake
Erie's shoreline and a cross-country ski center.
941 Dock Rd, Madison Twp 44057
153 acres with fishing, picnic area and restrooms. One of the last
remaining estuaries in Ohio.
Baker Road Park
4960 Baker Rd., Leroy Twp. 44057
Minimally-improved trail provides access to wilderness, meadow, birding
and fishing at 76-acre park. Tent campsite on Grand River available by
417 East Walnut St. (State Route 84) Painesville 44077
Enjoy picnicking, hiking and fishing at Lake Metroparks’ newest park
featuring a scenic overlook and three access points to the Grand River.
54 acres. Restrooms. One mile-long loop gravel trail. Overlook deck.
Big Creek at Liberty
6735 Fay Rd., Concord Township 44077
Fishing access to Big Creek by a 0.25-mile natural trail. Historic
property was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Limited parking: 5 car
maximum, no street parking.
Chagrin River Park
3100 Reeves Road, Willoughby 44094
Additional entrances: 37699 Erie Road, Willoughby & 1000 Rural Drive,
In addition to hiking trails, offers volleyball courts, ball fields, a
sledding hill and picnic areas. Park is accessible and has restrooms.
Pedestrian bridge crosses the Chagrin River at a length of 220 feet and
10 feet in width. Designated as an Important Bird Area by the Ohio
Chapin Forest Reservation
10381 Hobart Road & 10090 Chillicothe Rd. (Rt. 306) Kirtland 44094
Cross-country ski center off Hobart Rd. (440)
256-3810 (winter only)
This 403-acre park features hiking and bridle trails, fishing ponds,
picnic shelters, playgrounds, drinking water and restrooms. Scenic
overlook views Lake Erie and Cleveland skyline. Historic Quarry Pond and
stream provided the foundation stone for Kirtland Temple construction
and other local buildings
Children’s Schoolhouse Nature Park
9045 Baldwin Rd. Kirtland Hills 44094
12 acres of hiking trails. Open by appointment only.
Concord Woods Nature Park
11211 Spear Road Concord Township 44077 (440)
Concord Woods is a 31-acre park featuring a hiking trail, picnic area,
shelter with fireplace and grills, restrooms, playground, drinking
water, ADA accessible and stocked fishing area.
Environmental Learning Center
7250 Alexander Road Concord Township OH 44077
Lake Metroparks recently opened the parkland at the Environmental
Learning Center for public access. Hikers will enjoy more than 2.5 miles
of trails with a variety of trail surfaces including natural surfaces,
in addition to the park district's well-manicured trails. The Greenway
Corridor and nearby Chair Factory Falls can be easily accessed from a
trail near the parking lot at the Environmental Learning Center.
Beautiful views of a picturesque waterfall, deep ravines, creeks and an
expansive wooded are featured at this park. The Environmental Learning
Center is located on nearly 200 acres of beautiful and ecologically
diverse open space, rich in both cultural and natural history. Two Grand
River tributaries, Big Creek and Jordan Creek, run through and are
protected on this property.
Girdled Road Reservation
(Concord Township 44077)
North entrance: 12898 Girdled Rd.
South entrance: 12899 Radcliffe Rd.
Skok Meadow: 12415 Concord Hambden Rd.
Within this park’s 943 acres, visitors can experience the beauty of many
different types of habitats – dense forests, fields and wetlands.
Audubon Ohio has designated this park as an Important Bird Area. The
Buckeye Trail, marked with light blue blazes on the trees, runs through
Girdled Road Reservation. This statewide trail travels through public
and private properties as well as along back roads. Picnic areas with
grills. Picnic shelter (south). Restrooms. Playground (south). Fishing.
Cross country skiing.
Grand River Landing
800 N. St. Clair Street Fairport Harbor 44077
15-acre park provides small boat access (canoe and kayak) to the Grand
River. Free. Fishing is popular along the banks of the river. Seasonal
picnic tables and restrooms. An Ohio Designated Scenic River.
Greenway Corridor Bike & Hiking Trail
Parking Areas: Rt. 84 & Liberty St.,
Concord Township Old Stone School 7125 Ravenna Rd.
(500 ft. north of Concord-Hambden Rd.)
7535 Ravenna Rd. (next to Cornpopper Farm) Concord Township
10850 Girdled Rd. (just east of Crile Rd.) Concord
This 4.8 mile paved trail links the municipalities of Painesville,
Painesville Township and Concord Township allowing visitors to enjoy the
natural beauty of these communities in a safe environment. Access to
Chair Factory Falls. Travelers will cross two bridges and experience
varied levels of terrain ranging from 660’ elevation in Painesville to
an elevation of 895’ in Concord Township. The southern end of the trail
connects the Greenway Corridor with The Maple Highlands Trail to
Gully Brook Park
2100 River Road Willoughby Hills 44094
Gully Brook Park protects a valley, stream, wetland and forest. Its
unique natural features, ravines and wild places are intertwined with
local history. For nearly 100 years, nature enthusiasts of all ages have
sought inspiration and knowledge in the Gully Brook valley. Today,
visitors can enjoy more than a mile of improved trail and the chance to
reconnect with nature. 172 acres. Picnic shelter with grills. Drinking
water. Restrooms. Playground.
Helen Hazen Wyman Park
6121 Painesville-Warren Rd. Painesville 44077
Within the park boundaries, Big Creek flows past the picnic area and
empties into the Grand River. Kellogg Creek flows into Big Creek near
the parking lot. Fishermen cross the creek and floodplain to fish the
river for steelhead trout and smallmouth bass. Look for bank swallows
and cedar waxwings that catch insects above the waters of Big Creek. 60
acres. Picnic area with grills. Picnic shelter. Drinking water.
Restrooms. Playground. Fishing. Ball/game fields.
Hell Hollow Wilderness Area
14435 Leroy Center Road, Leroy Township 44077
Hell Hollow Wilderness Area has a high cliff top with a loop trail and
262 timber steps that provide a dramatic descent to the creek valley.
The more than 100-foot-dep ravine was carved thousands of years ago by
Paine Creek after glaciers retreated from Ohio. This park offers
impressive views of the 360-million-year-old Chagrin Shale cliff above a
deep river valley. Audubon Ohio has designated this park as an important
Bird Area. 845 acres. Picnic area with grills. Picnic shelter.
Restrooms. Hiking trials. Playground. Ball/game fields.
Nearly a mile loop trail provides
access to a 9-acre pond and a pier extending into the pond for fishing
and wildlife observation. Please note there is limited parking (5 car
maximum) at this location. Tent campsite may be reserved by calling
Hidden Valley Park
4880 Klasen Road Madison Township 44057
Hidden Valley Park borders the Grand River below a spectacular, exposed
360-million-year-old Chagrin Valley Shale cliff. Views of the wide,
scenic river are visible form a flat, riverside trail. Trees along the
river and trail display evidence of busy beavers. This park offers
visitors excellent access to the Grand River. 152 acres. Accessible
facilities. Picnic area with grills. Picnic shelter with fire ring.
Drinking water. Restrooms. Hiking trails. Playground. Fishing. Sledding
hill. Canoe access. A cabin accessed from the north entrance is
available for rent by calling 440-358-7275.
Hogback Ridge Park
Emerson Road, Madison Township 44057
This park features hardwood forests, hemlock ridges and the floodplains
of Mill Creek and the Grand River. 618 acres. Picnic area with grills.
Picnic shelter. Restrooms. Hiking trails. Fishing. Cabin rental; call
440-358-7275 to reserve cabin.
Indian Point Park
Lower Lot: 12951 Seeley Rd. Leroy
Upper Lot: 13165 Seeley Rd.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park
Service, Indian Point has one of the earliest architectural works in
this part of Ohio. 408 acres. Picnic area with grills. Restrooms. Hiking
trails. Drinking water. Fishing.
Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd. Kirtland, 44094
Wildlife Hotline: (440) 256-2131
A state-of-the-art wildlife rehabilitation center and educational
facilities provides the best opportunity for care for injured and/or
orphaned native Ohio wildlife for first aid, care and rehabilitation.
2901 Clark Rd. Perry Township, OH 44081
This wooded parcel along the shore of Lake Erie in Perry Township
provides public access to a beautiful stretch of natural beach. Lake
Erie Bluffs hugs the lakehshore offering visitors a bird’s-eye view from
the scenic overlook of the beauty and drama of the ever-changing lake.
Throughout all seasons, the lives of resident and migrant birds are
greatly influenced by this amazing natural resource. 600 acres. Gravel
hiking trails. Access to natural beach. Scenic overlook. Restroom.
Fishing. Picnic tables. New in 2015: 50-foot-tall observation tower and
three-season reservable shelter with lake views.
30525 Lakeshore Boulevard, Willowick 44095
(440) 358-7275 Reservations
This 10-acre lakefront park features an outstanding view of Lake Erie
and a rentable building suitable for meetings, family gatherings and
small parties. In addition to private rentals, the facility is used to
host public recreational programs.
4799 Lockwood Road, North Perry Village 44081
This park features a sculpted sundial, a cable bridge and a bronze cast
of the area. The dial was designed by nationally-known sculptor Carl
Floyd of Madison. 84 acres. Picnic area and reservable picnic shelter.
Handicapped accessible. Restrooms. Drinking water. Pay phone. 1.6 miles
of paved hiking trails. Fishing.
8800 Euclid Chardon Road Kirtland
44094 (440) 256-2122, (800) 366-3276
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is a family-oriented science and cultural
center devoted to agriculture, farming and country life. USA Today named
Farmpark “one of 10 great locations to dig up old dirt on farming.”
Visitors can milk dairy cows, learn how cheese is made and meet dozens
of breeds of livestock. On weekends and during special events you may
help make ice cream the old-fashioned way! Horse-or-tractor-drawn wagon
rides are the mode of transportation throughout the park. Explore the
Plant Science Center to see a greenhouse, hydroponic display and the
Great Tomato works exhibit. Visit the Woodland Center to learn the
history of maple sugaring and what it takes to produce maple syrup. The
park also features a reservable pavilion, gift shop and cafe. Admission
applies. Host site of Vintage Ohio and Village Peddler Festival. Closed
on Mondays. Call for schedule of events or visit lakemetroparks.com. NEW
Canine Meadow 5+-acre dog park now open at the east end of Farmpark
(9010 Euclid Chardon Rd.), features separate large and small dog areas
and pond access. Dog park open daily sunrise to one half hour after
Lake Metroparks Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor 44077 -
High Street, north of Second St. (440)
This 21-acre lakefront park features a beach with a gradual slope and
sandy bottom. Recreational opportunities on the waterfront include
kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boating, camps and special beach
programs/festivals. The park features restrooms, a
handicapped-accessible harbor view deck, dog swim areas, showers,
changing rooms, concessions, amphitheater, volleyball courts, playground
and picnic area with grills. Food concessions open daily, weather
permitting, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. A $2 parking
fee applies to Lake County residents, $3 for out-of-county visitors.
Mason’s Landing Park
5000 Vrooman Rd., Perry 44081
Located along a section of the Grand River designated as Wild, Mason’s
Landing offers a 1/2 mile gravel trail that meanders through the wooded
floodplain and features a variety of wildflowers in the spring. It is a
popular access point for fishing, canoes and kayaks. A favorite canoe
route is from Hidden Valley Park to Mason’s Landing, a distance of about
nine miles. Canoe access. 133 acres. Picnic area with grills.
Playground. Hiking trail. Portable restrooms. Fishing.
Paine Falls Park
5570 Paine Road, Leroy Township
Features a beautiful scenic waterfall. 377 acres. Picnic area with
grills. Picnic shelter. Hiking trail. Restrooms.
Painesville Township Park
1025 Hardy Rd., Painesville Township 44077
(440) 354-3885 (440) 639-9951
Located on the shore of Lake Erie, this park offers five softball fields
and on of Ohio’s oldest dance halls. The community center is great place
for weddings, seminars, showers, and meetings. For more information or
to reserve the center call, 440-358-7275. Picnic areas. Food
concessions. Pavilion. Drinking water. Restrooms. Wheelchair accessible.
37840 Erie Rd. Willoughby 44094
Lake Metroparks offers garden plots for rent to Lake County residents. 7
acres. Picnic area with grills. Picnic shelter. Portable restrooms.
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road,
Kirtland 44094 (440) 256-1404
This park features 424 acres of forest, fields, wetlands and more than
7.5 miles of hiking trails. The park is named for the deep gorge that
divides it, which is easy to get into and difficult to get out of.
Naturalists lead exciting programs year-round. Picnic at the sheltered
pavilion and listen to nature. Accessible facilities. Picnic area with
grills. All People’s Trail. Drinking water. Restrooms. Hiking trials.
Cross country skiing. Nature Center. Wildlife Center. The Nature Store
gift shop. Bridle trail.
Pete’s Pond Reserve
2255 Rockefeller Rd., Wickliffe 44092
A 1.15-mile trial winds through beautiful woods, past the southern
boundary of the wetland locally known as Pete’s Pond. This natural
refuge offers visitors space to retreat, reflect, explore and exercise.
Access is provided at the Wickliffe High School parking lot.
Pleasant Valley Park
38990 Pleasant Valley Rd. Willoughby Hills 44094
Nearly 80 acres of land along the Chagrin River provides access to 2,000
feet of fishable stream. Bald eagles have been sighted at this former
commercial nursery that Lake Metroparks is restoring to a functioning
River Road Park
5808 River Rd., Madison Twp. 44057
Three-quarter mile mowed grass loop trail goes along bluff that provides
a spectacular view of the Grand River valley and a glimpse of the river
below. Pond fishing. Tent campsite can be reserved by calling
4895 Bailey Road Madison Township 44057
Locally popular for its sledding hill, Riverview Park is situated along
the scenic Grand River. A 1/2 mile gravel trail follows the ridge above
the river through a mixed forest of hardwood and hemlock trees. 45
acres. Picnic area with grills. Fire ring. Restrooms. Hiking trial.
5740 Hopkins Rd., Mentor 44060
Veterans Park protects the largest inland pond in the county and a
remnant of original Ohio swamp forest. The park offers four accessible
fishing piers, a 1.78-mile loop trail though native wetlands with 830’
boardwalk and a wetland/wildlife viewing area. Granger pond is generally
stocked with catfish, bass, bluegill and rainbow trout. 100 acres.
Handicapped accessible. Piers for fishing. Picnic area with grills.
Picnic shelter with fireplace. Drinking water. Restrooms. Hiking trails.