Geauga County Parks & Nature Preserves

The following list of parks and preserves includes those managed by federal, state, county, and non-governmental agencies (such as the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, various historical societies, etc.).

We have tried to collect information on the activities and facilities available at various parks, but things may change without us knowing about it. So please double-check the information at the official site (click on the park’s name to go there).




Auburn Marsh (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 462 acres
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Wildlife Area Map for Auburn Marsh
Bass Lake Preserve (County)
  • 11445 Lakeview Road, Munson Township, Chardon, OH 44024
  • GPS coordinates: N41.55015,W81.229005
  • Park size: 606 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • Boating
  • Location on Google Maps
Beartown Lakes Reservation (County)
  • 18870 Quinn Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
  • GPS coordinates: N41.3569167,W81.2899167
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 148 acres
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Sledding
Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park (County)
  • 7940 Cedar Road, Chesterland, OH 44026
  • GPS coordinates: N41.50787,W81.357097
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 65 acres
  • Total trail length: 1 mile
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • There is a sandstone knoll that rises 140 feet above Griswold Creek, as wells a rock outcroppings. Most of the park is forested, though there is a meadow and old orchard at the foot of a hill. Two conifer plantations are present. There are spring wildflowers, and a boardwalk through wetlands that feature a beaver dam.
  • Location on Google Maps
Big Creek Park (County)
  • 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, OH 44024
  • GPS coordinates: N41.620712,W81.200897
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 642 acres
  • Total trail length: 6.4 mile + Buckeye Trail
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Camp sites
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • The park features mature forest, hemlock-lined ravines, exposed bedrock, and a terrain sculpted by glacial deposits. There is a butterfly garden, and numerous species of songbirds migrate to this area to nest.
  • Alternative entrances:
    • 9373 Ravenna Road, Chardon, OH 44024
    • 12205 Woodin Road, Chardon, OH 44024
  • The entrance for the bridle trail is 12205 Woodin Road, Chardon, OH 44024.
  • Location on Google Maps
Burton Wetlands (County)
  • 15681 Old Rider Road, Burton, OH 44021
  • GPS coordinates: N41.442686,W81.180962
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 287 acres
  • Total trail length: 2.25 miles
  • Dogs not permitted
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • The preserve features views of rolling glacial topography, large meadows, forest, beaver pond, and kettle holes (lakes and ponds formed during the last Ice Age).
  • ODNR’s State Nature Preserve page for Burton Wetlands
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Burton Wetlands
Chickagami Park (County)
  • 17957 Tavern Road (Route 168), Parkman Township
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 139 acres
  • Total trail length: 1 mile
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Camp sites
  • Restrooms
Eldon Russell Park (County)
  • 16315 Rapids Road, Burton, OH 44021
  • GPS coordinates: N41.424644,W81.164206
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 132 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.75 miles
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • You can boat here; the terrain was shaped during the last Ice Age and features kames and kettles.
  • Location on Google Maps
Frohring Meadows (County)
  • 16780 Savage Road, Bainbridge Twp.
  • GPS coordinates: N41.40685,W81.3556167
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 298 acre
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
Hambden Orchard (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 842 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Wildlife Area Map for Hambden Orchard
Headwaters Park (County)
  • 13365 Old State Road (Route 608), Huntsburg/Claridon Twps.
  • GPS coordinates: N41.5052333,W81.1017167
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 926 acres
  • Total trail length: 3 miles + BT – 2 miles
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Camp sites
  • Restrooms
  • Boating
LaDue Public Hunting Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 8,791 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Wildlife Area Map for LaDue Public Hunting Area
Lucia S Nash Preserve (Nature Conservancy)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 375 acres
  • Good site for bird watching
Observatory Park (County)
Orchard Hills Park (County)
  • 11340 Caves Road, Chester Twp.
  • GPS coordinates: N41.5052333,W81.1017167
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 237 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Sledding
Punderson (State Park)
Spring Brook Sanctuary (State Nature Preserve)
  • Permit required
  • Contact Geauga Park District for information
Sunnybrook Preserve (County)
  • 12474 Heath Road, Chesterland, OH 44026
  • GPS coordinates: N41.529937,W81.296738
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 73 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.7 miles
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Habitats include fen (with American cranberry bush), ravines, and rolling hills formed from glacial deposits.
  • Location on Google Maps
Swine Creek Reservation (County)
  • 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield/Parkman Twps
  • GPS coordinates: N41.4377,W81.0219
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 412 acres
  • Total trail length: 6 miles
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Location on Google Maps
The Maple Highlands Trail (Bike Path)
  • Big Creek Spur, 9280 Ravenna Road, Chardon Twp
  • Total trail length: 12.4 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
The Rookery (County)
  • 10110 Cedar Road, Munson, OH 44026
  • GPS coordinates: N41.499932,W81.278018
  • Park size: 562 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.5 miles
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Features a large colony of Great Blue Herons.
  • Location on Google Maps
The West Woods (County)
  • 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell, OH 44072
  • GPS coordinates: N41.458456,W81.307093
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 902 acres
  • Total trail length: 7 miles
  • Bridle trails
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • The park’s features include Ansel’s Cave, sandstone ledges, mature forests, extensive wetlands, Silver Creek, and a nature center.
  • Location on Google Maps
Thompson Ledges (Township Park)
  • 16755 Thompson Rd, Thompson, OH 44086
  • GPS coordinates: N41.6899776,W81.0462495
  • This township park has both a recreational and a natural component. To go to the ledges region, enter the driveway for the park district office and use the parking lot to the rear.
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Thompson Ledges
Walter C Best Wildlife Preserve (County)
  • 11620 Ravenna Road, Munson Twp.
  • GPS coordinates: N41.556250, W81.197167
  • Park size: 101 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
White Pine Bog Forest (State Nature Preserve)
  • Park size: 375 acres
  • Permit required
  • Contact the Nature Conservancy for information
Whitlam Woods (County)
  • 12500 Pearl Road, Hambden Twp.
  • GPS coordinates: N41.628117, W81.023633
  • Park size: 187 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.5 miles
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms




Last Update: 2017-07-24 16:32:02

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