The West Woods


9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87)
Russell & Newbury Townships


Open 6 am until 11 pm today

The West Woods Nature Center
Open 10 am until 4:30 pm

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Learn while you explore Get to know nature

This 902-acre park protects the historic sandstone ledges of Ansel’s Cave, Silver Creek and its watershed, extensive wetlands and mature forests. The West Woods Nature Center is a popular attraction with its large wildlife feeding area and hands-on interpretive displays. Nine trails total 6.95 miles. Its name come from a story published in 1885: A.G. Riddle’s The Young Sugar Makers of The West Woods, which takes place at this very location.

Please help us protect this unique place and stay on the designated trail. Access into Ansel’s Cave is restricted, but you may find exclusive seasonal opportunities to explore this sensitive area with a naturalist by searching Programs & Activities above.

The West Woods Facilities


With a nature center and a nature store, The West Woods is a place like no other in Geauga County.

The West Woods Trails


The West Woods is home to a wide variety of activity trails for hiking, skiing and horseback riding.

Toad at The West Woods


Make a day of exploring The West Woods' wildlife and you still may not see it all.

What to do at The West Woods Upcoming Programs

Event Location Date Time Fee
Greens for Giving The West Woods 12/02/2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Free
Greens for Giving The West Woods 12/02/2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Free
Greens for Giving The West Woods 12/02/2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Free
Greens for Giving The West Woods 12/02/2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Free
Geauga Walkers Hike & Holiday Lunch The West Woods 12/05/2023 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm Free
Ho Ho Ho Hiking with Santa & Buddy the Elf The West Woods 12/09/2023 10:00 am - 11:30 am Free
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