Activities in the Parks

Something for every season!

In addition to protecting watersheds and open space, Lake Metroparks annually provides over 2.6 million visitors with countless recreational and educational experiences.

These activities occur at diverse facilities including Farmpark, Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, a state-of-the-art education and wildlife rehabilitation center, Environmental Learning Center, two golf courses, over 50 miles of trails, and six parks on Lake Erie's shoreline.


Year-round activities


Winter activities

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

For trail conditions, call the Winter Sports Hotline: 440-256-2118 x4178

Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing

Groomed trails

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


Sledding hills

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

Sledding hill at Hidden Valley Park • Photo by Wendy Clark


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.





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.