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Arcola Creek Park in Madison offers 153 acres to explore.  Enjoy a lunch, dinner, or a snack in the picnic area. Enjoy the view from the observation deck. Walk down to the shore of Lake Erie. Fishing with a state license permitted.

Arcola Creek Park in Madison offers 153 acres to explore. Enjoy a lunch, dinner, or a snack in the picnic area. Enjoy the view from the observation deck. Walk down to the shore of Lake Erie. Fishing with a state license permitted.

Hell Hollow Wilderness Area has a high cliff top with a loop trail and 262 timber steps that provide a dramatic descent to the creek valley. The more than 100-foot-deep ravine was carved thousands of years ago by Paine Creek after glaciers retreated from Ohio. This park offers impressive views of the 360 million year-old Chagrin Shale cliff above a deep river valley.    Audubon Ohio has designated this park as an Important Bird Area.

Hell Hollow Wilderness Area- 1 hour drive (near Painesville)

The main feature of this 153-acre park is the small estuary of Arcola Creek, formed where the stream joins Lake Erie. Low marshy areas attract rails in migration, as well as large numbers of sparrows of many species in migration.

The main feature of this park is the small estuary of Arcola Creek, formed where the stream joins Lake Erie. Low marshy areas attract rails in migration, as well as large numbers of sparrows of many species in migration.

Helen Hazen Wyman Park was the first park to be acquired by Lake Metroparks in 1959.     Within the park boundaries, Big Creek flows past the picnic area and empties into the Grand River. Kellogg Creek flows into Big Creek near the parking lot. Fishermen cross the creek and floodplain to fish the river for steelhead trout and smallmouth bass. Look for bank swallows and cedar waxwings that catch insects above the waters of Big Creek.

Scenic Big Creek flows past the picnic area, joins Kellogg Creek and empties into the Grand River.

Hogback Ridge Park, one of the first Lake Metroparks, is named for its most prominent natural feature: a high, narrow ridge of land bounded on two sides by steep valleys. This type of ridge is named for its resemblance to the bony spine of a hog. The hogback at this park is bordered on the north by the Grand River and on the south by Mill Creek. There are no designated trails on the hogback.

Hogback Ridge Park - Biking, Camping, Fishing and Trails

Lake Shore Live Steamers - 2014 dates: April 27 (Earth Day) May 4 (Railroads in the Parks) June 1 June 22 July 20 July 27 August 10 August 24 September 7 (Bug Day) September 28 October 5 December 6

Lake Shore Live Steamers - 2014 dates: April 27 (Earth Day) May 4 (Railroads in the Parks) June 1 June 22 July 20 July 27 August 10 August 24 September 7 (Bug Day) September 28 October 5 December 6

This legendary site is one of the best-birded sites in Ohio, and is famous for its rarities and big fallouts of migrants. The rock jetty that runs out to the lighthouse is a fantastic observation point for conducting "sea watches" as well.

This legendary site is one of the best-birded sites in Ohio, and is famous for its rarities and big fallouts of migrants. The rock jetty that runs out to the lighthouse is a fantastic observation point for conducting "sea watches" as well.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark - Kirtland, OH

Lake Metroparks Farmpark - Kirtland, OH

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