Lake County Ohio Parks

Lake County is blessed with a progressive park system, beautiful waterways and fishing areas, nature preserves, a nationally recognized arboretum and other opportunities for visitors to enjoy nature in Northeast Ohio. Explore our Lake Erie shore, inland rivers and valleys.   Also see Biking
Lake Metroparks
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.
Arcola Creek
941 Dock Rd, Madison Twp 44057   webpage
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   webpage
Minimally-improved trail provides access to wilderness, meadow, birding and fishing at 76-acre park. Tent campsite on Grand River available by calling 440-358-7275.
Beaty Landing
417 East Walnut St. (State Route 84) Painesville 44077  webpage
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 Hollow
6735 Fay Rd., Concord Township 44077   webpage
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     webpage
Additional entrances:  37699 Erie Road, Willoughby & 1000 Rural Drive, Eastlake
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 Audubon Society.
Chapin Forest Reservation
10381 Hobart Road & 10090 Chillicothe Rd. (Rt. 306) Kirtland 44094     webpage
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      webpage
12 acres of hiking trails. Open by appointment only.
Concord Woods Nature Park
11211 Spear Road Concord Township 44077 (440) 639-7275    webpage
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  440-256-2118    webpage
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)     webpage
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      webpage
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     webpage
Parking Areas: Rt. 84 & Liberty St., Painesville 44077
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 Chardon.
Gully Brook Park
2100 River Road Willoughby Hills 44094      webpage
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      webpage
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      webpage
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.
Hidden Lake        webpage
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 440-358-7275.
Hidden Valley Park
4880 Klasen Road Madison Township 44057        webpage
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       webpage
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 Township 44077       webpage
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    webpage
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.
Lake Erie Bluffs
2901 Clark Rd. Perry Township, OH 44081        webpage
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.
Lakefront Lodge
30525 Lakeshore Boulevard, Willowick 44095  (440) 358-7275 Reservations         webpage
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.
Lakeshore Reservation
4799 Lockwood Road, North Perry Village 44081        webpage
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.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
8800 Euclid Chardon Road  Kirtland 44094  (440) 256-2122,   (800) 366-3276        webpage
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 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 sunset.
Lake Metroparks Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park  
301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor 44077 - High Street, north of Second St. (440) 639-9972        webpage
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       webpage
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    webpage
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      webpage
(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. Playground.
Parsons Gardens
37840 Erie Rd. Willoughby 44094       webpage
Lake Metroparks offers garden plots for rent to Lake County residents. 7 acres. Picnic area with grills. Picnic shelter. Portable restrooms. Drinking water.
Penitentiary Glen Reservation             
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland 44094  (440) 256-1404      webpage
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       webpage
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        webpage
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 floodplain corridor.
River Road Park
5808 River Rd., Madison Twp. 44057       webpage
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 440-358-7275.
Riverview Park
4895 Bailey Road Madison Township 44057      webpage
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. Fishing.
Veterans Park
5740 Hopkins Rd., Mentor 44060         webpage
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. Playground.

Other Parks

Donald E. Krueger Park  
7556 Chillicothe, Mentor 44060  (440) 974-5720
Soccer and baseball fields.
Bill Stanton Community Park
2065 Hubbard Rd.  Madison Township 44057   (440) 417-0965
36-acre lakefront park features a pool, tennis courts, picnicking and a banquet hall. Rustic lakeside cabin available for rent.
Mentor Civic Center Park  
8600 Munson Rd., Mentor 44060   (440) 974-5720
Mentor Civic Center Park features 12 courts which makes it one of the largest, state-of-the-art complexes in the country. Courts are filled three nights a week with league play, one night for classes with open play in between. Please call for availability.
Eleanor B. Garfield Park
7967 Mentor Ave., Mentor 44060    (440) 974-5720
Outdoor pool, playground, picnic pavilion, fishing, soccer, tennis, baseball and wildlife area.

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