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Activities in the parks

Fishing on the lakeshore - photo by Margaret Kelly
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In addition to protecting watersheds and open space, Lake Metroparks annually provides over 2.6 million visitors with countless recreational and educational experiences at diverse facilities including Farmpark, Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, a state-of-the-art education and wildlife rehabilitation center, The Environmental Learning Center, two golf courses, over 50 miles of trails, and six parks on Lake Erie's shoreline.

Year-round Activities

Summer Activities

With gas prices soaring, everyone’s looking for something close to home that is affordable, fun, safe, and (if possible) FREE! There’s always something to do in our parks for free. You can bike, hike, fish, picnic, swim, and play volleyball. There will be plenty of free programs, events and activities to participate in this summer throughout Lake Metroparks!

Ah, long holiday weekends—load up the car, the kids, the dog, the toys, the bikes, the food and head for the park. What could be better than enjoying the sunshine and a well deserved break from work and school? While summer is normally a time for leisure and vacationing, it shouldn’t mean letting your guard down when it comes to various summer dangers.

Click here for some practical tips for everyone.

Winter Activities

Lake Metroparks offers a wide variety of opportunities for winter outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, hiking, and more.

Winter Sports Hotline: 440-256-2118 x4178

Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing

Groomed trails

  • Chapin Forest Reservation
  • Girdled Road Reservation
  • Erie Shores Golf Course


Sledding hill at Hidden Valley Park • Photo by Wendy ClarkSledding hills

  • Chagrin River Park
  • Chapin Forest Reservation
  • Hidden Valley Park
  • Riverview Park


Lake Metroparks has nearly 50 miles of trails spanning
Lake County. The trails provide countless opportunities
to fight off cabin fever this winter. Top 5 Winter hikes

The onset of cold weather can transform the outdoors into
a winter wonderland, full of opportunities for you to enjoy skiing, ice skating, sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing and
even shoveling snow. While these activities create lasting winter memories, they also have the potential for injury.

Be sure to take proper safety precautions while enjoying winter activities. ~ Ranger Brandy Hanusosky

Click here for a list of winter safety tips.