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.


Arcola Creek Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 941 Dock Rd., North Madison, Ohio 44057
    • GPS coordinates: 41.849484, -81.008023
    • View on Google Maps
  • 153 acres in all
  • 0.16 miles of total trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Bringing your dog
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Observation deck
Beaty Landing (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • West entrance:
    • 477 East Walnut Avenue (State Route 84), Painesville, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.719918, -81.230022
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  • East entrance:
    • 543 E. Walnut St., Painesville, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.722114, -81.2296807
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  • 93 acres in all
  • 1 miles of loop trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Bringing your dog
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
Chagrin River Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • East entrance:
    • 3100 Reeves Road, Willoughby, Ohio 44094
    • GPS coordinates: 41.658502, -81.405817
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  • West entrance:
    • 1000 Rural Rd., Eastlake, Ohio 44095
    • GPS coordinates: 41.661392, -81.420129
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  • South entrance:
    • 37699 Erie Rd., Willoughby, Ohio 44094
    • GPS coordinates: 41.6517558, -81.4166412
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  • 227 acres in all
  • More than 2.83 miles of total trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Sledding
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Horseback riding
    • Bringing your dog
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
  • Miscellaneous info: The park is mostly dense shrubs with pockets of mature woods and wetlands.
Chapin Forest Reservation (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location #1:
    • 9938 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306), Kirtland, Ohio 44094
    • GPS coordinates: 41.597144, -81.348311
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  • Pine Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center:
    • 10381 Hobart Rd., Willoughby, Ohio 44094
    • GPS coordinates: 41.589432, -81.3699267
    • View on Google Maps
  • 403 acres in all
  • Trail information:
    • 5.55 miles of hiking / mountain biking / bridle trails
    • 0.35 miles of hiking trails
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Camping
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Sledding
    • Horseback riding
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
  • Miscellaneous info: 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.
Concord Woods Nature Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 11211 Spear Rd., Concord Township, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.71995, -81.23003
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  • 31 acres in all
  • 0.9 miles of hiking / mountain biking trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
  • Miscellaneous info: Small park with stocked fishing pond. No state fishing license is required.
Environmental Learning Center (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 7250 Alexander Road, Concord Township, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.674164, -81.21561
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  • 188 acres in all
  • Trail information:
    • 1.9 miles of hiking trails
    • 0.77 miles for biking / hiking on the Research Station Loop Trail
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: 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. | Greenway Corridor can be accessed from this park.
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Location:
    • 301 Huntington Beach Dr., Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.58087, -81.328399
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  • 21 acres in all
  • Supported activities:
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
    • Swimming beach
  • Miscellaneous info: 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). | Paddlers must hold a Lake Metroparks Paddle Card, and then paddling is restricted to stand-up paddleboards and sit-on-top kayaks.
Farmpark (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Park Map
  • Location:
    • 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, Ohio 44094
    • GPS coordinates: 41.580788, -81.328349
    • View on Google Maps
  • 235 acres in all
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
    • Dog park
    • Visitor center
  • Miscellaneous info: Demonstration farm, children’s programs. | Horse-drawn wagons provide rides to visitors, and there are a number of horse-centered programs.
Girdled Road Reservation (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • North entrance:
    • 12840 Girdled Road, Concord, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.667991, -81.177766
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  • South entrance:
    • 12926 Radcliffe Rd., Chardon, Ohio 44024
    • GPS coordinates: 41.6413543, -81.177033
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  • Skok Meadow:
    • 12415 Concord Hambden Rd., Painesville, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.6572, -81.1947217
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  • 942 acres in all
  • Trail information:
    • 5.31 miles of hiking / mountain biking / bridle trails
    • 3.02 miles of hiking trails
    • 0.48 miles of hiking / mountain biking trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Camping
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Horseback riding
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Part of the Buckeye Trail passes through the area
  • Miscellaneous info: 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.
Grand River Landing (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Location:
    • 1181 N. St. Clair St., Fairport Harbor, Ohio
    • GPS coordinates: 41.741104, -81.264513
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  • 18 acres in all
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: Small boat launch
Greenway Corridor (Bike Path)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location #1:
    • Liberty St & OH-84, Painesville, Ohio 44077
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  • Location #2:
    • 7371 Ravenna Rd, Painesville, Ohio 44077
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  • Location #3:
    • 10850 Girdled Rd., Painesville, Ohio 44077
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  • Old Stone School:
    • 7125 Ravenna Rd., Painesville, Ohio 44077
    • View on Google Maps
  • Environmental Learning Center:
    • 7250 Alexander Rd., Painesville, Ohio 44077
    • View on Google Maps
  • 4.8 miles of paved, multi-use trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Handicap accessible
  • Miscellaneous info: 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)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 2100 River Road, Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094
    • GPS coordinates: 41.621219, -81.410012
    • View on Google Maps
  • 177 acres in all
  • 1.2 miles of total trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: Habitats include woodland with hemlock-lined ravines as well as wetland. In the spring this is a good place to check out the wildflowers.
Hach–Otis (State Nature Preserve)
  • Official Site
  • Location:
    • 37142 Skyline Dr., Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094
    • GPS coordinates: 41.591407, -81.411665
    • View on Google Maps
  • 81 acres in all
  • 1.5 miles of total trail
  • Prohibited activities:
    • Dogs not permitted
  • Miscellaneous info: 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. Good site for viewing spring wildflowers.
Headlands Beach (State Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Park Map
  • Posts at TrekOhio
  • Location:
    • 9601 Headlands Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060
    • GPS coordinates: 41.754586, -81.292459
    • View on Google Maps
  • 120 acres in all
  • 1.9 miles of total trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Sledding
  • Facilities:
    • Swimming beach
    • Boardwalk
  • Miscellaneous info: 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.
Headlands Dunes (State Nature Preserve)
  • Official Site
  • Posts at TrekOhio
  • Location:
    • 9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor, Ohio 44060
    • GPS coordinates: 41.754586, -81.292459
    • View on Google Maps
  • 25 acres in all
  • Supported activities:
    • Good site for bird watching
  • Prohibited activities:
    • Dogs not permitted
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: 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.
Helen Hazen Wyman Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 6101 Painesville Warren Road, Concord, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.703806, -81.23164
    • View on Google Maps
  • 58 acres in all
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Bringing your dog
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
  • Miscellaneous info: Big Creek passes by a picnic area. Fisherman typically wade across the creek to fish for steelhead trout and smallmouth bass.
Hell Hollow Wilderness Area (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Posts at TrekOhio
  • Location:
    • 14437 Leroy Center Rd., Thompson, Ohio 44086
    • GPS coordinates: 41.6895863, -81.1185823
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  • 981 acres in all
  • Trail information:
    • 0.52 miles of hiking / mountain biking trail
    • 0.23 miles of hiking trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: Features a loop trail. From cliff, there is a 262-step stairway leading down into the ravine below.
Hidden Lake (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 7024 Kniffen Road, Leroy Township, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.678205, -81.129597
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  • Area:
    • 111 acres in all
    • 9 acres pond with fishing pier
  • Trail information:
    • 0.97 miles of hiking / biking trail
    • 1.32 miles of hiking / biking / bridle trails
    • 0.65 miles of hking trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Camping
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: Fishing at the 9-acre lake is the main attraction here. There is also a primitive tent campsite.
Hidden Valley Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • South entrance:
    • 4872 Klasen Road, Madison, Ohio 44057
    • GPS coordinates: 41.741266, -81.048528
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  • North entrance:
    • 6500 River Rd., Madison, Ohio 44057
    • GPS coordinates: 41.7442254, -81.0549569
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  • 152 acres in all
  • 1 miles of hking / mountain biking trails
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Sledding
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Bringing your dog
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: Flat, river-side trail; Cabin for rent.
Hogback Ridge Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location #1:
    • 4700 Emerson Road, Madison, Ohio 44057
    • GPS coordinates: 41.743898, -81.030787
    • View on Google Maps
  • North entrance:
    • 7300 Warner Rd., Madison, Ohio 44057
    • GPS coordinates: 41.7564677, -81.0430246
    • View on Google Maps
  • 629 acres in all
  • Trail information:
    • 4.35 miles of hiking / mountain biking trails
    • 1.19 miles of hiking trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: Cabin for rent
Holden Arboretum (Botanical Garden)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Posts at TrekOhio
  • Location:
    • 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, Ohio 44094
    • GPS coordinates: 41.6089711, -81.3021156
    • View on Google Maps
  • 3,600 acres in all
  • More than 20 miles of total trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: One of the largest arboretums & botanical gardens in the US; non-members must pay an entrance fee. Unique attractions include the Murch Canopy Walk and the Kalberer Emergent Tower.
Indian Point Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Lower entrance:
    • 12951 Seeley Road, Leroy, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.719936, -81.176064
    • View on Google Maps
  • Upper entrance:
    • 13165 Seeley Rd., Painesville, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.719864, -81.1678636
    • View on Google Maps
  • 494 acres in all
  • Trail information:
    • 1.63 miles of hiking trails
    • 0.41 miles of hiking / mountain biking trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Bringing your dog
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
Lake Erie Bluffs (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Clark Road entrance:
    • 2901 Clark Rd, Perry, Ohio 44081
    • GPS coordinates: 41.788268, -81.174187
    • View on Google Maps
  • Lane Road entrance:
    • 3301 Lane Rd., Perry, Ohio 44081
    • GPS coordinates: 41.7750404, -81.1830326
    • View on Google Maps
  • 592 acres in all
  • Trail information:
    • 2.3 miles of hiking / mountain biking trails
    • 1 miles of hiking trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Camping
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
    • Observation deck
  • Miscellaneous info: There is a 50-foot coastal observation tower.
Lakefront Lodge (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Location:
    • 30525 Lake Shore Blvd., Willowick, Ohio 44095
    • GPS coordinates: 41.640232, -81.473586
    • View on Google Maps
  • 10 acres in all
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
    • Observation deck
  • Miscellaneous info: Rentable building with great view of Lake Erie. Suitable for meetings, family gatherings, and small parties.
Lakeshore Reservation (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 4799 Lockwood Road, North Perry Village, Ohio 44081
    • GPS coordinates: 41.811008, -81.121342
    • View on Google Maps
  • 84 acres in all
  • Trail information:
    • 1.76 miles of hiking / mountain biking trails
    • 0.46 miles of hiking trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Good site for bird watching
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
    • Observation deck
  • Miscellaneous info: Sculpture garden; paved trail.
Mason’s Landing Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 5000 Vrooman Road, Perry, Ohio 44081
    • GPS coordinates: 41.726792, -81.184704
    • View on Google Maps
  • 134 acres in all
  • 0.49 miles of total trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Paddling
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: On June 19, 2018, there was a closure at a particular point on Vrooman Road that will make it impossible to access Mason’s Landing Park. It is suggested that people who wish to access the Grand River go to Indian Point Park’s lower lot.
Mentor Marsh (State Nature Preserve)
  • Official Site
  • Location:
    • 5185 Corduroy Rd., Mentor, Ohio 44060
    • GPS coordinates: 41.729368, -81.305579
    • View on Google Maps
  • 646 acres in all
  • 4 miles of total trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Good site for bird watching
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Nature center
    • Observation deck
    • Boardwalk
  • Miscellaneous info: Visitor center managed by Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Paine Falls Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Posts at TrekOhio
  • Location:
    • 5570 Paine Road, Leroy, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.718119, -81.143556
    • View on Google Maps
  • 377 acres in all
  • 0.12 miles of walking trail
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: Waterfall
Painesville Township Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Location:
    • 1025 Hardy Road, Painesville, Ohio 44077
    • GPS coordinates: 41.766651, -81.231052
    • View on Google Maps
  • 37 acres in all
  • Supported activities:
    • Good site for bird watching
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
  • Miscellaneous info: Community Center that may be rented when not in use for programs | View of Lake Erie | ADA-accessible pier
Penitentiary Glen Reservation (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Posts at TrekOhio
  • Location:
    • 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland, Ohio 44094
    • GPS coordinates: 41.612456, -81.33064
    • View on Google Maps
  • 424 acres in all
  • 8.5 miles of total trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Camping
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Horseback riding
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
    • Nature center
  • Miscellaneous info: Scenic deep gorge, miniature steam railroad
Riverview Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 4895 Bailey Road, Madison, Ohio 44057
    • GPS coordinates: 41.740832, -81.041894
    • View on Google Maps
  • 62 acres in all
  • 0.5 miles of total trail
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Sledding
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
Veterans Park (County Park)
  • Official Site
  • Trail Map
  • Location:
    • 5730 Hopkins Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060
    • GPS coordinates: 41.715112, -81.342245
    • View on Google Maps
  • 100 acres in all
  • 1.6 miles of hiking / mountain biking trails
  • Supported activities:
    • Fishing
    • Good site for bird watching
    • Bringing your dog
  • Facilities:
    • Restroom facilities
    • Handicap accessible
    • Boardwalk

Last Update: Sep 8, 2018






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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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