Public Places: Parks/Reservations
Caley is a semideveloped park reserved for wildlife and nature study. Its 507 acres include wetlands, forest, and field habitats, including two large ponds and Wellington Creek, which runs roughly through the middle of the reservation. Two popular activities include wildflower hikes and fishing, but visitors are welcome just to come and enjoy the quiet and natural beauty of this unique park.
Carlisle is the largest of the Lorain County Metro Parks, encompassing 1,820 acres, with the Forest Hills Golf Course at the northeastern end. Carlisle also offers a large variety of events and activities throughout the year and is home to the administrative offices of the entire park system.
The ruggedly beautiful reserve is home to about 240 species of native plants, including ferns, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs growing in the gravelly soil of the park. Visitors are asked to take only pictures and to leave the plants, flowers, and other natural features of the reserve for others to enjoy.
In 1993, Lake Metroparks acquired 101 acres along the Chagrin River, located in the communities of Eastlake and Willoughby. Most of the park's natural areas are made up of dense shrubs, with pockets of mature forest bordering wetland areas. The Chagrin River is the park's southern boundary. Look for great blue herons, kingfishers, bank swallows, and sandpipers near the river.
Charlemont is a 757-acre, undeveloped park located in the main farming region of southern Lorain County. It's the only reservation in the Lorain County Metro Parks system that allows rabbit and pheasant hunting. The park is also a favorite of horseback riders, who are free to enjoy the equestrian trails built and maintained by the Lorain County chapter of the Ohio Horse Council.
This park provides natural relief to the metropolitan skyline. Sand beaches, tree-lined picnic areas, and panoramic views of the lake are found within the park along the Lake Erie shoreline.
The Coupling Reserve is made up of 20 sloping and river-bottom acres. The reserve was donated to the Erie MetroParks in 1991 by the nonprofit Coupling Corporation, which for years had operated the property as a spiritual retreat center. Built around a historic railroad theme, the reserve grounds are open to the general public from 8 a.m. to dark year-round.
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