Hiking, Walking & Running

Pick up the Pace Pump your heart & see the sights

Your parks boast more than 85 miles of trails suitable for hiking, walking and running across scenic Geauga County. In fact, the only parks within the system without a trail are Bass Lake Preserve and Woodin Road Park – all others are fair game!

Please enjoy perusing the resources below, including any upcoming naturalist-led opportunities to stretch your legs.

Your 2023 Challenge GET YOUR TREK ON

Are you setting a New Year’s resolution to explore Nature more? To discover new places, or get more exercise? Or maybe all three?

Here’s a program that’ll be perfect for you, now in its fourth year: the Geauga Gems Trekking Series!

Registration for the 2023 series opens January 1, 2023, at 10 a.m. online and by phone for Geauga County residents and opens January 7, 2023, for out-of-county residents.


NEW in 2023: Hike the Seasons!

To complete this year’s series, explore a minimum of four trails each season from that season’s list, created by Geauga Park District naturalists. Attending a naturalist-led hike? Count it as one of your trails. Don’t see your favorite trail? Add it in the space provided!

Hike a total of 16 trails by 12-31-23 to earn your commemorative sticker for the year (and your trekking pole if you are a first-time finisher). Or, if you are interested in hiking more, you may also still hike 60 self-guided miles to earn your rewards.

How to Get Started

Upon registration, you’ll receive a detail trekking card to track your progress. Remember to mark all your hikes on it, or track 60 self-guided miles of hikes throughout the year, since this is what you’ll turn in for credit. Naturalist-led hikes that we’d recommend for your hiking card (not a requirement in 2023) are easily identifiable on our website under Programs & Events by filtering program type Geauga Gems, or by looking for the Geauga Gems logo in our quarterly Park Explorer Activity Guide.

Whenever you finish, submit your completed hiking card to The West Woods Nature Center (no later than December 31, 2023). Those who complete their goal will receive a collapsible trekking pole (if they haven’t received one during a previous year of the series) as well as a 2023 Geauga Gems hiking medallion sticker (it’s the year of the sapphire). Awards will be available for pick-up after November 1.

More details can be found on your trekking card when you sign up, as well as the following documents:

2023 Geauga Gems FAQ

2023 Geauga Gems Introduction Presentation


Happy trekking, and we’ll see you out on the trails!

While you're out and about Check out these programs

Event Location Date Time Fee
Geauga Gems Trekking Series Registration The West Woods 01/01/2023 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm Free
Geauga Walkers Orchard Hills Park 09/26/2023 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Free
Full Moon Hike: China's Moon Festival Observatory Park 09/29/2023 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Free
Buckeye Trail Highlight Hike Eldon Russell Park 09/30/2023 10:00 am - 11:30 am Free
Welton's Gorge Backcountry Gorge Exploration Welton's Gorge 09/30/2023 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Free
The SPACE RACE! Observatory Park 10/07/2023 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm $20.00
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Snow won't stop you We'll Clear a path

Staff clear snow from paved trails in the following parks during the cold winter months. After large snowfall events, park entrance drives and lots take priority; thanks for your patience as operations crews make their way to the trails.


Bainbridge Township

Chester Township

Munson Township