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Swine Creek Reservation
16004 Hayes Road
Middlefield Township
(Middlefield, OH 44062)

Sign coordinates (main entrance)
N 41° 26.262 W 81° 1.314
Sign coordinates (Valley Shelter)
N 41° 25.444 W 81° 1.115

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  • About this Park
  • Facilities
  • Trails
  • Habitat
  • Fishing
  • Directions

Swine Creek Reservation is a 412-acre park located in the southeast corner of Middlefield Township. Situated in the countryside among Amish farms, the park's cultural and natural setting make it a very popular destination. It is Geauga Park District's intent to protect this natural area in perpetuity.

Swine Creek Reservation was once part of a 1,200-acre hunting preserve belonging to Windsor Ford of Mesopotamia. In 1977 he sold Geauga Park District 268 acres that contained a sugar bush, a pond and a lodge. Additional acres were added along Swine Creek and the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor.

Swine Creek Reservation has numerous picnic areas and shelters, several of which can be reserved, including the lodge. Please review the lodge guidelines here. The lodge is an enclosed shelter with electricity. There is no running water.

As of April 17, 2014, Woods Edge playground is closed for repairs until further notice.

Click here to reserve a shelter.

Nearly 6 miles of trails traverse Swine Creek Reservation.  Download the trail map here.

The Gray Fox, Meadowlark, Siltstone and Sugarbush trails keep to fairly level terrain, while the Valley and Glen trails take on steeper topography with descents into rock-strewn ravines. Swine Creek Valley, the lower section of the park, can be toured from end to end on the Razorback Trail, while the Walnut Trail provides a shorter alternative.

Horseback riding is permitted on the Wagon, Gray Fox and Meadowlark trails. Trails appropriate for cross-country skiing are marked.

The meadows of Swine Creek Reservation are full of life. Abundant summer wildflowers, such as asters and goldenrods, attract butterflies and other insect life. Low, dense plant growth provides cover for a variety of small mammals and nesting birds, including meadowlarks and bobolinks.

Forests cover much of the park with many kinds of trees. Small streams divide the woods into upland and lowland, where a rich variety of wild plants and animals can be enjoyed year-round. Thirty-two acres of the park are managed as an operating sugar bush.

Along Swine Creek, walnut, sycamore and cottonwood trees shade lush growths of wildflowers. Teeming with aquatic life, the creek invites stream-side exploration. Great blue heron and kingfishers are often seen, and songbirds of many kinds migrate through or nest in this valley.

Fishing is available at both Killdeer and Lodge ponds, where the population includes bass and bluegill. Fish may be taken only with rod and reel or cane pole; a current Ohio fishing license is required in accordance with state regulations. Boating and wading are not permitted, nor is collecting live bait. Geauga Park District encourages catch-and-release practices to help maintain a balanced and healthy fish population.

Click here or below for a map, courtesy of Mapquest®.

From Warren and points west: Travel Route 87 approximately 2.6 miles east of Middlefield Village to Hayes Road. Turn south onto Hayes road and travel 1.6 miles to park entrance on the west side of the road.

From Erie and points north: Travel I-90 S and exit at OH-44. Turn south onto OH-44. Left on US-6. Stay straight to go onto Hambden St./CR-13. Take CR-13 to OH-608. South on OH-608. Left on OH-87. Turn south onto Hayes road and travel 1.6 miles to park entrance on the west side of the road.

From Cleveland and points east: Travel I-480 E to US-422 E. Exit US-422 at OH-528/OH-88. Left onto OH-528. Right on Adams Rd. Left on Bridge Road. Turn south onto Hayes road and travel 1.6 miles to park entrance on the west side of the road.

From Akron and points south: Travel north on Route 528 to Route 87. Travel east on Route 87 approximately 2.6 miles to Hayes Road. Turn south onto Hayes road and travel 1.6 miles to park entrance on the west side of the road.