Enjoy Northern Ohio’s Great Outdoors

From the shores of Lake Erie to the forests of Mohican Country, Northern Ohio is rich with parks and outdoor fun. Discover, explore and experience all that Northern Ohio has to offer.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

“Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.”

A must see within the park: Brandywine Falls (pictured above)

For more information website

Ashtabula County MetroParks

(Ashtabula County)
The longest covered bridge in Ohio at 228 feet is the focal point of this park. A Howe Truss Bridge, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several canoe liveries provide portage from this area, fishing for bass, steelhead and other species from the dam and surrounding area is a favorite past time for locals. Walking trails along the State Designated Scenic Grand River provide hours of wildlife watching – Great Blue and Green Heron, species of ducks and other birds have been seen. Several pavilions, playgrounds a fishing concessions, baseball field, and rustic restrooms are available.
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Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park

(Lake County)  
“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.”

For more information website.

Lake Erie Islands

Put-in-Bay – “The Victorian-era village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island has been attracting visitors for nearly 150 years. Hundreds of thousands travel here annually to enjoy family fun activities, outdoor recreation, and a large variety of special events.Outdoor recreational activities include charter fishing, watercraft rentals, parasailing, kayaking, and a nine-hole golf course.”

Kelleys Island – “Most commonly explored by foot, bike, golf cart, and/or kayak, Ohio’s largest island is full of adventure for all ages. It has 600 acres of state park lands, 17 miles of coastline, beautiful wildflowers, nature trails, a fossil-filled quarry, and wetlands which are admired by nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.”

To help plan your Lake Erie Island getaway click here.
Before leaving make sure you take advantage of great discounts and specials being offered when you use your Lake Erie Shores & Islands Shore Savings Card.

Medina County Park District’s Natural Discoveries Hiking Series
(Medina County)

Designed for ages seven to adult. No pre-registration is required. For first year hikers who complete a minimum of five hikes in a calendar year, a completion patch will be awarded. For each consecutive year completed, a patch displaying the year is awarded. Upon completion of the fifth hike, you may ask your hike leader for the hiking patch.
For more information click here.
For more Medina County park information click here.

Mill Creek Metroparks 

Lanterman’s Mill – One of Mahoning County’s most historic landmarks, Lanterman’s Mill was built in 1845-46 by German Lanterman and Samuel Kimberly.

Fellows Riverside Gardens – Fellows Riverside Gardens is a free public garden located at the northern end of Mill Creek Park. This twelve-acre display garden features a landscape of remarkable beauty with diverse and colorful plant displays, roses of all classes, seasonal displays of annuals, perennials, and flowering bulbs, and scenic vistas.
For more information website.

Natural Discoveries Hiking Series – Natural Discoveries is a series of free programs

Mohican – Loudonville

Loudonville-Mohican, Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio.  Your visit includes two State Parks, Canoeing, Horseback Riding, Bicycling, Hiking, Fishing, Swimming and Tree Frog Canopy Tours zip line!

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 to read “Five Minutes From Downtown to Wilderness”

Ohio State Parks

Boating, walking and bike trails, camping, swimming, fishing, dog parks, archery ranges, golf courses, backpacking trails, rock climbing, and so much more can be found in our Ohio State Parks. For more information website.

Richland B&O Trail

Come bike or hike the historic Richland B & O Trail, part of the public trails that began back in 1983 funded by the US Congress’ National Trails System Act. Richland County became the 70th Rails to Trails project, and now provides and maintains 19 miles of scenic trail through the heart of Richland County, connecting the villages of Butler, Bellville, Lexington and the city of Mansfield.
For more information website.

Wayne County 

“Wayne County provides many diverse opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. There are natural foot trails, paved trails, bike trails, birding and fishing areas, and even equestrian trails sure to please nature lovers of every kind.” One of those areas is the…
Brown’s Lake Bog State Nature Preserve
A national landmark, where you can see a kettle hole bog formed by glaciers over 13,000 years ago, the bog is also home to dozens of rare species and is owned by the Nature Conservancy. A boardwalk and earthen trail allow for short hikes and there is parking on site. Open dawn to dusk. For more info website.  For more Wayne County park info click here.
Submitted by:
Diane Rock

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