Summit Metro Parks Your Back Yard for 95 Years
Silver Creek Metro Park

Silver Creek

Metro Park
Facebook Photo: Silver Creek, Pheasant Run Trail

Park Areas

Archery Range

Address 89 Eastern Rd.
Doylestown, OH 44230

Hours Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Bathhouse & Pheasant Run Area

Address 5000 Hametown Rd.
Norton, OH 44203

Hours Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Pheasant Run Trail Pheasant Run Trail 1.2 C 1 Pheasant Run Trail winds through fields and woods and around small ponds.

Boathouse

Address 5171 S. Medina Line Rd.
Norton, OH 44203

Hours Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Bridle Trail Bridle Trail 7.9 E 1 The Bridle Trail at Silver Creek is the only horseback trail managed by Summit Metro Parks.

Big Oak Area

Address 5199 Medina Line Rd.
Norton, OH 44203

Hours Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Chippewa Trail Chippewa Trail 2.0 C 1 Along Chippewa Trail, mature trees have grown from thousands of seedlings planted by Girl Scout troops between 1967 and 1983.

Cross-country Course

Address 4579 Medina Line Rd.
Norton, OH 44203

Hours Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

The Cross-country Course will open in the end of August 2016. Download a list of rules & regulations.
Interested in holding a practice or event? Complete and submit a Special-use Permit.
See the Cross-country Course map here.

Classes: A = Multipurpose  |  B = Accessible*  |  C = Basic  |  D = Primitive**  |  E = Bridle

Ratings: 1 = Easy  |  2 = Moderate  |  3 = Difficult

* Flat, easy trail or section with asphalt or crushed limestone surface.

See our  Spree For All page for more information about accessible trails.

** Rugged and challenging with uneven surfaces and steep, narrow routes

Park Map

Silver Creek Map

History & Wildlife

The 1,008-acre Silver Creek Metro Park is tucked away in a quiet, rural area near Norton. Observant visitors will see traces of the past. Open fields, fence rows and a stately old barn, part of which dates back to the Civil War, are evidence of the park’s former life as the Harter Dairy Farm. Other park history hides beneath our feet. As coal is an important resource, it was mined in much of this area in the 19th century. Many of these mines closed in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The one-time farm has changed a great deal since Summit Metro Parks acquired the land in 1966. Thousands of trees have been planted, and the bathhouse and 50-acre lake – fed by a spring from an old mine near Wall Road – were built in the early 1990s.

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Today, iron-laden water from the mine shafts feeds into Silver Creek, coating the bottom of the stream with reddish-brown iron-oxide. However, fish, frogs and other animals thrive. The open fields are home to woodcocks, meadowlarks and eastern bluebirds. Many butterflies flutter among the flowers and grasses. Hawks circle overhead to hunt rabbits, mice and voles living in the grasses and weeds below. Deer travel among the woods, fields and wetlands. Osprey can be seen hovering and diving into the lake water searching for fish. Tall sycamores grow in soggy areas, and hickory woods grow in drier spots. The beech-maple woods contain spring wildflowers. One of the largest northern red oaks in Summit County – 20 feet in circumference – stands in this park.

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Activities
  • Archery
Amenities
  • Restroom
Activities
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Swimming
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Play Equipment
  • Restroom
  • Shelter
Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
Activities
  • Fishing
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
Activities
  • Take a hike or enjoy the view
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Restroom