Explore 18 reservations spanning more than 23,000 acres with more than 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks and a nationally-acclaimed zoo.

Since 1917, Cleveland Metroparks has been committed to a mission of conservation, education and recreation.  As Cleveland Metroparks looks ahead to the next 100 years of growth and beyond, it guides itself by Cleveland Metroparks 2020: The Emerald Necklace Centennial Plan.  The plan is based on five strategic goals – Protection, Relevancy, Connections, Come Out and Play and Organizational Sustainability.

Conservation efforts are integral to the work done by Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Since 2013, Cleveland Metroparks has acquired nearly 1,000 acres of quality wetlands, streams and forests. With a border to Lake Erie, Cleveland Metroparks realizes the importance of urban watersheds. Stormwater, pollution, algal blooms, invasive species and loss of wetlands pose continuing challenges, and the Park District has received national attention for making watershed stewardship a priority through education, scientific monitoring and environmental restoration. As a result of these efforts, Cleveland Metroparks has lowered regional stormwater management costs by $5.12M annually.

With 18 reservations to explore, Cleveland Metroparks offers countless unique opportunities for recreation and nature adventures throughout the Park District.

By offering the community with more than 19,000 diverse recreation and nature education programs like hiking, mountain biking, birding, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, more than 700,000 people within 47 diverse communities have been served by Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Experiences division over the past three years.

Cleveland Metroparks believes deeply in education. Our educators at the zoo, parks, golf courses, swim areas, and law enforcement strive to provide a more meaningful experience for our visitors. Cleveland Metroparks offers remarkably diverse, hands-on education opportunities to create connections to nature and promote conservation and sustainability. Staff across five nature centers around the county and provide free or low-cost nature programming to all ages from pre-school to seniors. Nature centers are open daily for free drop-in visiting and school programs.

Committed to nature opportunities for all, Cleveland Metroparks provides bus vouchers which defrayed transportation costs to the parks for more than 8,000 urban students in the last three years.



During the summer months, Crooked River Archers (the Cleveland Archery Club) provides a target range in Cleveland Metroparks at Brecksville Reservation near York Road. This range is set up and maintained with Club funds by Club members. Target shoots are held here when Club sponsored events are not scheduled. The range is open for the public at all times. To contact Crooked River Archers, dial 216­.600­.8028 or visit crookedriverarchers.net


Choose your next backcountry adventure, whether it’s a three hour introductory backpacking class, a guided multi-night trip, or your own planned adventure using Cleveland Metroparks’ Ottawa Overlook Backcountry Sites. Find out how to reserve permits for the Ottawa Overlook Backcountry Sites and to register for a backcountry program or trip
Biking & Cycling
Cleveland Metroparks provides over 100 miles of shared-use, paved, all purpose trails for cycling, walking, running and in-line skating. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the all purpose trails. Bicycles are permitted on roadways. The Traffic Code is applicable whenever a bicycle is operated.
Boating & Sailing 
With multiple lakes, rivers, and Lake Erie shorelines, boating opportunities in Cleveland Metroparks abound and range from paddlesports such as canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding to sailing and powerboating.
and much more.



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