Lake 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).




Arcola Creek Park (County Park)
  • 941 Dock Rd., North Madison, OH 44057
  • GPS coordinates: N41.849484,W81.008023
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 153 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.16 mile
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • Location on Google Maps
Beaty Landing (County Park)
  • 477 East Walnut Avenue (State Route 84), Painesville, OH 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.719918, W81.230022
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 54 acres
  • Total trail length: 1 mile
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
Chagrin River Park (County Park)
  • 3100 Reeves Road, Willoughby, OH 44094
  • GPS coordinates: N41.658502, W81.405817
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 237 acres
  • Total trail length: 3 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • The park is mostly dense shrubs with pockets of mature woods and wetlands.
  • Sledding hill
Chapin Forest Reservation (County Park)
  • 9938 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306), Kirtland, OH 44094
  • GPS coordinates: N41.597144,W81.348311
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 390 acres
  • Total trail length: 5.3 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • There is a ski lodge on site; call 440-954-4178 for ski conditions. There are also nature trails through mature woods. Although there are ledges made of Sharon conglomerate, people can only approach the ledges when on scheduled, guided tours. The Lucky Stone Loop Trail has one of the most scenic overlooks in Lake County. On a clear day you can see Lake Erie and Cleveland which is 18 miles away. It faces west; it could be a nice place to watch the sunset.
  • Sledding hill
  • Location on Google Maps
Concord Woods Nature Park (County Park)
  • 11211 Spear Rd., Concord Township, OH 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.71995,W81.23003
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 31 acres
  • Total trail length: 1 mile
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Small park with stocked fishing pond.
  • Location on Google Maps
Environmental Learning Center (County)
  • 7250 Alexander Road, Concord Township, OH 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.674164, W81.215610
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 188 acres
  • Total trail length: 2.52 miles
  • Restrooms
  • The grounds feature deep ravines, creeks, wooded trails, and a picturesque waterfall knowns as the Chair Factory Falls. The building on site has fully equipped high-tech classrooms, an astronomical observatory, a biology lab, a weather station, and educational exhibits.
  • Location on Google Maps
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park (County Park)
  • 301 Huntington Beach Dr., Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.58087,W81.328399
  • Park size: 21 acres
  • Dog friendly (Includes dog swim area)
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • You can swim at the beach at your own risk; there is no lifeguard on duty. For wheelchair users, an all-terrain vehicle is available (a Surf Chair).
  • Location on Google Maps
Farmpark (County Park)
  • 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
  • GPS coordinates: N41.580788, W81.328349
  • Bridle trails
  • Restrooms
  • Demonstration farm, children’s programs
  • Location on Google Maps
Girdled Road Reservation (County Park)
  • 12840 Girdled Road, Concord, OH 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.667991,W81.177766
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 932 acres
  • Total trail length: 5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Camp sites
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • The park features a variety of habitats: meadows, woodland, and wetland. There is a primitive campsite that is a good training site for backpackers. Many species of plants and animals live here. Audubon Ohio has designated this site as an important birding area.
  • Location on Google Maps
Grand River Landing (County Park)
  • 1181 N. St. Clair St., Fairport Harbor, OH
  • GPS coordinates: N41.741104, W81.264513
  • Park size: 18 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • Small boat launch
Greenway Corridor (Bike Path)
  • Rt. 84 & Liberty St., Painesville
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 4.8 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • If you are only interested in seeing Chair Factory Falls, the closest parking is at the Old Stone School at 7125 Ravenna Rd.; from there walk to the paved bike path and turn left. Proceed 0.2 miles to the Chair Factory Falls trailhead. From there it is another 0.3 miles to the fall. There is a steep hill on the way.
Gully Brook Park (County Park)
  • 2100 River Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
  • GPS coordinates: N41.621219,W81.410012
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 172 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.2 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Restrooms
  • Habitats include woodland with hemlock-lined ravines as well as wetland. In the spring this is a good place to check out the wildflowers.
  • Location on Google Maps
Hach–Otis (State Nature Preserve)
  • 37142 Skyline Dr., Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094
  • GPS coordinates: N41.591407,W81.411665
  • Park size: 81 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.5 miles
  • Dogs not permitted
  • A bluff–top forest overlooks the Chagrin River. The preserve also features hemlock-lined ravines. It is a bird sanctuary, and it is home to some unusual plants: trailing arbutus, pink moccasin flower and red trillium.
  • Location on Google Maps
Headlands Beach (State Park)
  • 9601 Headlands Road, Mentor, OH 44060
  • GPS coordinates: N41.754586,W81.292459
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 120 acres
  • Total trail length: 2 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Attractions include an opportunity to swim at the largest, natural, sand beach in Ohio. In addition there is a boardwalk from which you can fish.
  • Park Map for Headlands Beach
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Headlands Beach
Headlands Dunes (State Nature Preserve)
  • 9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor, OH 44060
  • GPS coordinates: N41.754586,W81.292459
  • Park size: 25 acres
  • Dogs not permitted
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • One of the few areas left in Ohio with large sand dunes. Switchgrass grows on the dunes forming large mats of roots. Once these roots stabilize a dune, other plants can move in. Parking is shared with the co–located Headlands Beach State Park.
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Headlands Dunes
Helen Hazen Wyman Park (County Park)
  • 6101 Painesville Warren Road, Concord, OH 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.703806,W81.23164
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 60 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • Big Creek passes by a picnic area. Fisherman typically wade across the creek to fish for steelhead trout and smallmouth bass.
  • Location on Google Maps
Hell Hollow Wilderness Area (County Park)
  • 14435 Leroy Center Rd., Leroy, OH 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.687231,W81.116858
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 783 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.65 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • Features a loop trail. From cliff, there is a 262-step stairway leading down into the ravine below.
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Hell Hollow Wilderness Area
Hidden Lake (County)
  • 7024 Kniffen Road, Leroy Township, Ohio 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.678205, W81.129597
  • Park size: 111 acres
  • Total trail length: Almost 1 mile
  • Catch and release fishing
  • There is a tent campsite (reservations required)
  • Restrooms
  • Fishing at the 9-acre lake is the main attraction here. There is also a primitive tent campsite, and a loop trail around the lake.
  • Location on Google Maps
Hidden Valley Park (County Park)
  • 4872 Klasen Road, Madison, OH 44057
  • GPS coordinates: N41.741266,W81.048528
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 152 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Camp sites
  • Restrooms
  • Flat, river-side trail; Cabin for rent.
  • North entrance: 6500 River Rd, Madison, OH
  • Sledding hill
  • Location on Google Maps
Hogback Ridge Park (County Park)
  • 4700 Emerson Road, Madison, OH 44057
  • GPS coordinates: N41.743898,W81.030787
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 414 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.84 mile
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • Cabin for rent
  • Location on Google Maps
Holden Arboretum (Botanical Garden)
  • 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH 44094
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 3,600 acres
  • Total trail length: 19 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • One of the largest arboretums & botanical gardens in the US; non-members must pay an entrance fee.
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Holden Arboretum
Indian Point Park (County Park)
  • 12951 Seeley Road, Leroy, OH 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.719936,W81.176064
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 408 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • Location on Google Maps
Lake Erie Bluffs (County Park)
  • 2901 Clark Rd, Perry, OH 44081
  • GPS coordinates: N41.788268,W81.174187
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 139 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.57 mile
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • Location on Google Maps
Lakefront Lodge (County Park)
  • 30525 Lake Shore Blvd., Willowick, OH 44095
  • GPS coordinates: N41.640232,W81.473586
  • Park size: 10 acres
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Rentable building with great view of Lake Erie. Suitable for meetings, family gatherings, and small parties.
  • Location on Google Maps
Lakeshore Reservation (County Park)
  • 4799 Lockwood Road, North Perry Village, OH 44081
  • GPS coordinates: N41.811008,W81.121342
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 84 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.6 miles
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Sculpture garden; paved trail.
  • Location on Google Maps
Mason’s Landing Park (County Park)
  • 5000 Vrooman Road, Perry, OH 44081
  • GPS coordinates: N41.726792,W81.184704
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 133 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.5 mile
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • Location on Google Maps
Mentor Marsh (State Nature Preserve)
  • 5185 Corduroy Rd., Mentor, OH 44060
  • GPS coordinates: N41.729368, W81.305579
  • Park size: 646 acres
  • Total trail length: 4 miles
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • Visitor center managed by Cleveland Museum of Natural History; trail system includes a boardwalk and observation deck.
  • Location on Google Maps
Paine Falls Park (County Park)
Painesville Township Park (County Park)
  • 1025 Hardy Road, Painesville, OH 44077
  • GPS coordinates: N41.766651,W81.231052
  • Park size: 37 acres
  • Restrooms
  • Community Center that may be rented when not in use for programs; view of Lake Erie.
  • Location on Google Maps
Penitentiary Glen Reservation (County Park)
  • 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland, OH 44094
  • GPS coordinates: N41.612456,W81.33064
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 424 acres
  • Total trail length: 7.5 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Bridle trails
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Nature center, scenic deep gorge, miniature steam railroad
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Riverview Park (County Park)
  • 4895 Bailey Road, Madison, OH 44057
  • GPS coordinates: N41.740832,W81.041894
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 45 acres
  • Total trail length: 0.5 mile
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Restrooms
  • Sledding hill
  • Location on Google Maps
Veterans Park (County Park)
  • 5730 Hopkins Road, Mentor, OH 44060
  • GPS coordinates: N41.715112,W81.342245
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 100 acres
  • Total trail length: 2.3 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Restrooms
  • Location on Google Maps




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

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2 thoughts on “Lake County Parks & Nature Preserves

  1. I am trying to find a park system or area in portage county that will allow me to release skunks from my neighborhood.We have an increasing number of skunks that I would like to help by letting them go back into an ecosystem where they can flourish naturally.I am live trapping them and wish info on releasiung them into the wild.I am not getting any info online and the park people don`t seem to want to help me.They are hands off type of individuals.

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