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There are a number of parks in Northeast Ohio that offer a variety of amenities.

Ashtabula County Metroparks currently operates ten parks in the county.

Ashtabula Metroparks Administrator Antionette Swegheimer said Ashtabula County Metroparks plans to open two new parks soon.

Swegheimer said Ashtabula County Metroparks is working to add self-paced programs to the parks.

Some of those programs include wildflower scavenger hunts and self-guided bike tours, she said.

“We’re hoping to do a little bit more in terms of some guided programs,” Swegheimer said.

Numerous Ashtabula County Metroparks have paved and primitive trails, as well as fishing and picnicking opportunities.

Red Brook Metropark, located on the site of a former golf course, features a 1-mile (1.6 km) paved loop as well as an extensive primitive trail. The Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark on the Grand River features a paved walkway and is a popular fishing spot.

Trumbull County Metroparks operates six parks, including three parks that provide access to the Mahoning River Water Trail, said Zachary Svette, executive director of Trumbull County Metroparks. Two of the trails with paddling access also have small trails, he said.

Clarence Darrow Metropark has an 18-hole disc golf course and also a gazebo that can be reserved, Svette said.

Lake County Metroparks maintains a number of parks.

These include Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Penitentiary Glen Reservation and Adventure Play at Jordan Creek Park, according to Lake Metroparks social media and public relations manager John Venen.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is a working farm and educational center in Kirtland that aims to help people understand where food and clothing come from, according to Veins.

Penitentiary Glen has eight miles of hiking trails and an outdoor playground for children. The park hosts seasonal art exhibitions and a photo show for amateurs.

Adventure Play at Jordan Creek Park focuses on engaging children through creative and imaginative play. The park contains a zip line, observation towers, and other play areas.

Lake County Metroparks offers biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, and other activities, according to their website.

The Geauga Park District maintains 27 parks with more than 70 miles of hiking trails and available activities like biking, camping, geocaching, picnicking, and sledding, according to the district’s website.

For more information on specific parks, visit the organizations’ websites. For Ashtabula County Metroparks locations see, for Geauga Park District locations see, for Lake County Metroparks locations see and information For information about Trumbull County Metroparks, visit