Come out and Play in the Cleveland Metroparks

By Leslie Cade, Host Committee Member

23,000 acres, 18 park reservations, 300 miles of hiking, biking, and bridle trails, 14 miles of lakefront, 23 fishing areas, 8 golf course, and one nationally acclaimed zoo make up Cleveland’s “Emerald Necklace,” the chain of Metroparks  that surround the city.

You can have just about every type of fun in the sun from biking, hiking, running, swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, golfing, zip-lining, geocaching, and exploring nature, culture, and history.

Waning Sun along the Towpath (photo by Ben Sanborn via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Waning Sun along the Towpath (photo by Ben Sanborn via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

The Metroparks calendar for August is chock-full of activities from corn roasts, organized hikes, and the Whiskey Island SUP Festival & Race. The Cleveland Metroparks is also a finalist in the National Parks and Recreation gold medal award, which recognizes excellence in park system management and programming.

The Metroparks are just the beginning. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, known locally as simply “the towpath,” connects Cleveland through the parks to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  You can hike or bike 85 miles from Cleveland to Akron following the historic Ohio and Erie Canal.  In Cleveland, you can sample a 1.2 mile stretch at steelyard commons on the near west side.

The Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (photo by Jasperdo via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
The Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (photo by Jasperdo via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

So come on out and play while you’re in town!

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