Get Rich Outdoors - Pick of the parks for the week of November 4 to November 10, 2016

Area National, State and County Park events
Posted at 6:00 AM, Nov 03, 2016

Get Rich Outdoors

Here you will find a weekly update on select events and activities happening in northern Ohio national, state and county parks, which are in the News 5 viewing area. Programs sometimes change for weather and other unforeseen circumstances! Check the park web-site before traveling.

Pick of the Park's for Friday, November 4 to Thursday, November 10, 2016

Featured Event

Country Lights
November 25, to December 23, 2016. 4:45 to 9 p.m., Lake Metroparks Farmpark
A magical evening is in store at Farmpark! Live lighted trees deck the halls that lead to Santa's Workshop and the Little Elf Corner. Take a wagon ride through light displays to the Equine Center where you'll see operating model trains, meet farm animals and enjoy presentations in the arena by the Holiday Horses. All tickets are sold online only this year. Due to the high volume of calls and rapid rate of ticket sales in the past, we are no longer able to process phone or walk-in orders. If you do not have access to a computer, we suggest visiting your local library or asking a friend.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Hike Aboard!
Sunday, November 6, 9:20 to 11:40 a.m. Boston Store Visitor Center
Journey through the national park by train one way, then hike back a 4 miles on the challenging Valley Trail. Fee: $3 (pay upon boarding). For more information call 800-468-4070 or visit

For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click: Lights

Ohio State Parks

Fall Hike: Mohican
Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mohican State Park, Meet at Mohican State Park Covered Bridge Picnic Area.
On this hike we are sure to see towering stands of white pine, hemlock, oak and maple trees. Beautifully colored leaves will be covering the ground and the smell of fall will be in the air. We will talk about fall, colored leaves and trees and of course, keep an eye out for wildlife getting ready for winter.

For a complete list of Northern Ohio State Park events click:

Cleveland Metroparks

Fall Hike
Saturday, November 5, 10:30 to Noon, Bedford Reservation, Tinker’s Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook
Enjoy a brisk hike through the woods. On our way we’ll take in the beauty of Bedford’s forest terrain. Terrain Difficulty: moderate, gravel, paved, hill, 1.5 miles. Free.

For the complete Cleveland Metroparks events calendar click:

Ashland County Parks

The Ashland County Park District (ACPD) manages 16 unique parks comprising over 2,000 acres of beautiful forests, fields, lakes, and streams. All of this green-space is publically owned and open to the public 365 days a year for hiking, fishing, bird watching, biking, dog walking and other outdoor pursuits. Some seasonal hunting opportunities also are offered in a few select parks.Fall Bird Banding

For the complete Ashland County Parks events calendar click: 

Crawford County Parks

Saturday, November 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park,
Fall bird banding gives us insight into bird populations that remain in Crawford County for the winter. Bob Placier will have his nets open and traps set to see who is hanging around this time of year. Fun for all ages!

Tellin’ Tales: 1873 - Historic Homes of Crawford County
Saturday, November 5, 2 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park
Tellin’ Tales is a gathering to share information about local history. A bus tour of the County will be held to observe a select group of the homes that were included in the 1873 Crawford County Illustrated Atlas. Bring your stories and photos to share. Please call the Nature Center to reserve a seat on the bus! (419- 683-9000)

For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:

Erie County Parks

Metropark Clean Up
Sunday, November, 6, 1 to 3 p.m., Castalia Quarry MetroPark, 8404 SR 101, Castalia.
Are you in need of some volunteer hours? Help keep the MetroParks looking beautiful by picking up trash along a trail. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. 

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga Park District

Map & Compass Backcountry Hike
Saturday, November 5, 1 to 3 p.m., Big Creek Park, Meyer Center
Brush up on map and compass skills, then hike off-trail across Big Creek Park. This will be a strenuous, off-trail hike. Map and compass provided for the program. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.  Registration required.

For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Take A Hike!
Lake Metroparks maintains more than 50 miles of trails throughout Lake County, including a 4.8-mile bike/hike trail. Explore hemlock ravines, open meadows, mature forests and the Lake Erie shoreline. Discover fascinating clues to our past. Most trails are gravel-surfaced. Some are hard-surfaced and suitable for strollers and wheelchairs, and others include steps and inclines that challenge any hiker. Horses and bicycles are permitted on specially designated trails, and your dog on a leash is welcome at most parks. Hiking trails are open every day of the year from 6 am to 11 pm unless otherwise posted. Hiking is one of the most popular forms of outdoor leisure, surveys suggest that one in three Americans rate it as one of their three favorite forms of outdoor recreation. Hiking combines several pursuits, interests in scenery, wildlife, discovery and solitude—all in a low-impact form of healthy activity. Hiking in the great outdoors provides exercise and interest for people of any age. Just getting out and walking around is a wonderful way to exercise and see nature. Since unexpected things happen, however, the best way to help guarantee a good time for all is to plan ahead carefully and follow safety precautions.

For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:

Lorain County Parks

Evening Marsh Hike
Tuesday, November 8, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Sandy Ridge
Join us as we explore the marsh in the evening. Hiking Level 2. For more information call (440) 327-3626.

For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:

Medina County Parks

Night Hike  
Saturday, November 5, 7 to 8 p.m., Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park
A naturalist will lead you through the park to experience nighttime sights and sounds in addition to learning a little about the moon and night vision. Meet in the lower parking lot by the playground. Ages 6 to adult. No registration required. Free.

For the complete Medina County Parks events calendar click:

Portage County Parks

Enjoy Portage Parks all year round, on your own or with others at our educational programs and special events. Are you looking to embrace the beauty of the outdoors? Portage Parks offers a variety of educational activities, outdoor adventures, races, and walks, plus a number of other exciting events and activities throughout each season. Read more for additional information!

For the complete Portage County Parks events calendar click:

Stark Parks

Sensory Night Hike
Friday, November 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Molly Stark Park
We all recognize that our body is made up of 5 different senses. However, at night we lose one of those senses--our sight. Depend on the other 4 senses in the complete darkness on a hike around Molly Stark Park. Dress for the weather and please do not bring any flashlights. Free.

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Summit County Parks

Sunset Hike
Friday, November 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson
Hike along Downy Loop Trail to discover the sights and sounds of the wet woods. Hopefully, we'll enjoy the sunset before finishing our hike. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Hike And Fire
Saturday, November 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Firestone Metro Park, Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Come learn about the nocturnal critters in our parks, around the campfire with a naturalist. Then, we'll take a hike hoping to see and hear them. Marshmallows and roasting sticks will be provided, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tough Guys With Tails
Sunday, November 6, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Firestone Metro Park, Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave., Akron
Pound for pound, minks and weasels are the toughest predators around. Learn about and look for these energetic creatures while exploring the trail. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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