National Park and Recreation Resources
July is National Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). National Park and Recreation Month is a month-long celebration that highlights the essential value of local parks and recreation and all the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives.
From providing us places to play, get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve quality of life. Please explore the resources below to find parks, trails and nature preserves near you.
Parks in Portage County
Portage Park District: www.co.portage.oh.us/portage-park-district
Portage County Parks & Nature Preserves: trekohio.com/portage/
Kent Parks and Recreation: www.kentparksandrec.com/parks
Ashtabula Metro Parks: www.ashtabulametroparks.com/
Parks in Geauga County
Geauga Park District: www.geaugaparkdistrict.org/find-a-park.shtml
Geauga County Parks & Nature Preserves: trekohio.com/geauga/
Destination Geauga: www.destinationgeauga.com/places-to-go/gardens-greenery/parks-recreation/
Parks in Trumbull County
State, County and Local Parks: http://www.exploretrumbullcounty.com/what-to-do/the-great-outdoors/parks
Trumbull County Metro Parks: http://trumbullmetroparks.org/
Parks in Stark County
Stark Parks Park Finder: https://starkparks.com/parkfinder/
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Parks & Recreation Guide: https://www.cantonchamber.org/parks-recreation-guide-754
Canton Parks and Recreation: https://cantonohiogovparksandrecreation.com/list-of-parks/
Parks in Columbiana County
Columbiana County Park District: http://www.bicycletrail.com/
Columbiana County Parks & Nature Preserves: http://trekohio.com/columbiana/
Parks in Tuscarawas County
Tuscarawas County Park District: http://www.co.tuscarawas.oh.us/Park/index2.htm
Tuscarawas County Parks & Nature Preserves: https://trekohio.com/tuscarawas/
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Stretching out for miles between Akron and Cleveland is the scenic and tranquil Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), a refuge for native plants and wildlife. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. There are over a dozen trails to walk or ride within CVNP, including the Towpath Trail that follows the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Many Summit and Cleveland Metro Parks are also located within the greater boundary of CNVP.
CVNP trails: https://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
Summit County Metro Parks: http://www.summitmetroparks.org/find-park-or-trail.aspx
Cleveland Metro Parks: https://clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/visit
Ohio State Nature Preserves
There are 136 State Nature Preserves and natural areas that have been dedicated in Ohio. These diverse areas of land contain remnants of Ohio’s pre-settlement past, rare and endangered species, and wondrous geologic features. There are State Nature Preserves located in close proximity to all 8 of Kent State University’s Northeast Ohio campuses. Locate the closest one to you using the link below.
Find a State Nature Preserve: http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/findapreserve
AllTrails Website and Smartphone App
AllTrails has the largest collection of detailed, hand-curated trail maps. Discover trails nearby and get detailed driving directions so you can get from your computer to the trailhead in no time. AllTrails also has a mobile app available for iPhone and Android smartphones. At home or on the road, find your perfect hike, bike ride, or trail run by length, rating, and difficulty level. Filter by dog- or kid-friendly trails, or find trails with great views. Browse reviews, photos, and detailed trail maps contributed by a community of active outdoor enthusiasts like you.
Mobile app: https://www.alltrails.com/mobile