• Winter Weather: Snowshoeing, Cleared Snow, Closures & More!

    We know it can be hard to get out during a Northeast Ohio winter, but we’ve got you covered when it comes to motivation! There’s no shortage of great activities to enjoy in your Geauga Park District. A few ideas:

    Cleared Trails for Walking
    Park operations crews regularly clear snow from paved trails in six parks:

    • Orchard Hills Park in Chesterland
    • Sunnybrook Preserve in Chesterland
    • Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park in Chesterland
    • Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Chardon
    • Frohring Meadows in Bainbridge
    • The Maple Highlands Trail-North from Fifth Avenue in Chardon to the Lake County line

    Snowshoe Borrowing
    Don’t have snowshoes of your own? Borrow some from The West Woods Nature Center! Want a more guided experiences? Sign up for our Snowshoe Call List, “called” into action when conditions are best for a naturalist-led outing!

    If you would like to enjoy snowmobiling at Observatory Park, please apply for a permit using the application and information provided here.

    Bird in the Hand Feeding Station
    Head to The West Woods for the magical experience of having birds eat right out of your hand.

    Sledding hills can be found at Orchard Hills Park and Beartown Lakes Reservation.

    Cross Country Skiing
    Did you know we groom trails at Orchard Hills Park and along The Maple Highlands Trail? Watch social media for updates.

    Ice Fishing
    Have the equipment? You can fish in the wintertime in the same places you can fish during warm weather! Please note: a boating permit is still required to fish at Bass Lake Preserve.

    Snow-Related Closures
    Should extreme weather close our nature centers or cancel our programs, please refer to our social media/website, WKYC or WEWS for notice.