Fall festivals, hay wagon rides & hiking

Posted at 4:38 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 16:38:29-04

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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 NewsChannel 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, September 18 to Thursday, September 24, 2015

Featured Event

Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration & Music Festival
Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rocky River Reservation, Rocky River Nature Center
Categories: Children/Family, Culture/History, Music/Concert, Special Events/Festival
Cost: Free for event. $2 Premier parking at Little Cedar Point. Free parking at Rocky River Nature Center and Lagoon Picnic area with frequent shuttles
Price: Free
Prerequisites: No
Food Provided: Small samples of food
Equipment Provided: No
Phone: (440) 734-6660
Today's Ohio is shaped from the past.  Learn from days gone-by at Cleveland Metroparks Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration and Music Festival. 
Come and experience a slice of life at Cedar Valley from the early days of settlement. There will be plenty of hands-on activities to try like and live music that will entertain you and the family.

Frostville Museum is located off Cedar Point Road in Rocky River Reservation, between Valley Parkway and Columbia Road/Route 252 in North Olmsted, just off the I-480/Clague Road exit (westbound) and I-480/Columbia Road exit (eastbound).

Free parking is available at Rocky River Nature Center and Lagoon Picnic area with regular shuttles.  

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Off the Beaten Path Hike
Saturday, September 19, 9 to 11 a.m., Canal Exploration Center.
Carpool and then hike 2 miles at Terra Vista. Plan for a hill and an unpaved trail. For more information call 330-657-2752.
Hiking the Hills
Sunday, September 20, 9 a.m. to noon, Station Road Bridge Trailhead.
Challenge yourself on the unpaved, hilly terrain of the Buckeye Trail. Fast pace. 7 miles. For more information call 330-657-2752.

For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:

Ohio State Parks

Clambake: Mosquito Lake
Saturday, September 19, 1 to 5 p.m., Mosquito Lake State Park
Clambake at the Mosquito Lake Marina.  Advanced Tickets Required. For more information visit or call 330-637-2075.

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

Cleveland Metroparks

Fall Bird Walks at Wildwood
Sunday, September 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Euclid Creek Reservation, Wildwood parking lot.
Join us every Sunday in September and October as we catch the spectacular fall migration right on Lake Erie. Gulls, mergansers and other ducks will be stopping over en route to their wintering grounds! Meet in the parking lot closest to the pavilion. Free.

For the complete Cleveland Metroparks events calendar click:

Ashland County Parks

Art in the Park
Saturday, September 19, 9a.m. to12 p.m., Fire Company Nature Cabin
Ashland County Art League will give instruction in nature art, at the Fire Company Nature Cabin, the third Saturday of each month.Robin Roberts, Plein Air painting workshop.

For the complete Ashland County Parks events calendar click:

Crawford County Parks

Spiders, Moths, & More!
Friday, September 18, 7:30 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598
Autumn is a great time to observe nature at night with the Crawford Park District.  Through the use of flashlights, black lights, and white sheets, we’ll search for and observe the many nocturnal arthropods of Lowe-Volk.  Fun for the whole family!  Bring a flashlight.  Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30. For more information contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000. Look for information on other programs offered by the Crawford Park District by visiting their web site.

Unger Farm Heritage Day
Saturday, September 19, 11a.m. to 3p.m., Unger Park 1303 Bucyrus-Nevada Rd.
Celebrate the area’s farm heritage with the Crawford Park District! This is a great event with a petting zoo, horses, llamas, nature craft for kids, horse drawn wagon tours, outhouse tours, bale romping, chainsaw art, and more!.  OSU Extension is our partner at Unger Farm.  They will be on hand to answer questions regarding the ag trial, orchard, and ornamental plants.  There will be food served from 11AM until 2:30PM. Unger Park is located just west of Bucyrus on Bucyrus-Nevada Road.  For more information contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000.  Look for information on other programs offered by the Crawford Park District by visiting their web site.

For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:

Erie County Parks

Sunday Morning Trail Run
Sunday, September 20, 9 to 11 a.m., Castalia Quarry MetroPark, 8404 SR 101, Castalia.
Meet at the parking lot for a morning trail run. Limit 30.

Fall Migration Hike
Monday, September. 21, 8 to 10 a.m., Castalia Quarry MetroPark, 8404 SR 101, Castalia.
Go on a walk and look for birds that are heading south for the winter! Bring binoculars.

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga County Parks

A Berry Good Bird Walk
Saturday, September 19, 8 to 9:30 a.m., The Rookery
Fueled up on berries and bugs, songbirds are headed south traveling incognito, song-less in autumn plumage, a fun challenge to ID. Bring binoculars. The walk utilizes gravel trails, level, but not paved.

For the complete Geauga County Parks events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Village Peddler Festival
Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sunday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Enjoy a fall afternoon in the country at this outdoor marketplace filled with more than 175 craftsmen, music, harvest market, and the aroma of food cooking outside. Click here for more information. Special admission rates: Ages 12 to 59, $7; ages 60+, $6; Youth 2 to 11, $4; younger than 2, Free; Farmpark members, Free No coupons, free passes, AAA or other discounts accepted for this event. 

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Lorain County Parks

Fall Hay Wagon Rides & Corn Maze
Saturday, September 19, Noon to 3:45 p.m., Carlisle Shelter #1
Celebrate the onset of fall with an old-fashioned hay wagon ride! Horse-drawn wagons leave about every fifteen minutes; short waits are common. The last wagon departs at 3:45. Also try your navigation skills through our large 6 acre corn maze! Cost is one dollar for each activity per person, children 3 and under free! Weather permitting; please call ahead. For more information call (440) 458-5121 Ext. 232.

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Medina County Parks

50th Anniversary Celebration: Down on the Farm!
Sunday, September 20, 12 to 5 p.m., The Lodge at Allardale
The park district is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Visit Allardale, one of the most scenic parks in Medina County, for some good old-fashioned, down-home fun! There will be a variety of activities to keep you entertained including hayrides, crafts, games, and a square dance from 3-5 p.m. Fire on Wheels Catering will have delicious BBQ pulled pork.

For the complete Medina County Parks events calendar click:

Portage County Parks

Each park and trail has its own character and potential for use or protection. Portage Parks strives to balance conservation of our natural resources with public use and enjoyment. We provide opportunities for enjoying and learning about our natural areas through activities such as walking, biking, hiking, boating, fishing, geocaching, picnicking, camping, nature programs, races and special events. See individual park pages and the park activities chart for more information.

For the complete Portage County Parks events calendar click:

Stark Parks

High Mileage Hike
Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m. to noon, Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail: John Glenn Grove
Lace up your hiking boots and get out with Stark Parks for this 6.2 mile hike along the Towpath Trail from John Glenn Grove trailhead. Be prepared for a strenuous hike--wear hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water. Free. Contact number: (330) 409-8096

Magnolia Mill Questing
Saturday, September 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Magnolia Flouring Mills
Explore this historic icon and its history as we complete the Magnolia Mill Quest. Learn questing basics and where to find other Quests within the Canalway. Questing is similar to geocaching without the need of a GPS unit. Meet at Magnolia Flouring Mills. Free. 

For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:

Summit County Parks

Hike the Hollow
Friday, September 18, 10:30 a.m. to  12 p.m., Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson
Warm summer days are quickly coming to a close. Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike to discover what is out and about this time of the year. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Healthy Strides Hike
Saturday, September 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Silver Creek Metro Park, Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Summit Metro Parks is partnering with Akron General to present Healthy Strides Hikes. During the Fall Hiking Spree, join us on casual 1- to 3-mile walks, preceded by a brief, informative talk by Akron General physicians and caregivers. Topics change each session based on the Akron General leader’s specialty. All hikes will be on hiking spree trails. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Woodland Mushrooms
Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Liberty Park, Recreation Area, 9385 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
From mid-summer to late autumn, a great variety of mushrooms may be found in Ohio. Enjoy an educational and fun walk with a naturalist in search of woodland mushrooms. Edibles are not part of the program. For information, call 330-865-8065.

For the complete Summit County Parks events calendar click:


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