Summit Metro Parks We're Your Back Yard

Rules & Regulations

For the safety of all visitors and the protection of natural resources, follow these park rules during each visit:


  1. Stay on designated hiking trails. Wandering off trail can damage natural resources and cause erosion.
  2. Leashed pets are allowed in all of our parks except F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.  All pets must be kept on leashes no longer than eight feet and must be under the owner's control at all times. Please clean up after your pets.
  3. Cooking fires are permitted only in the grills provided. Visitors are prohibited from bringing their own firewood into the park district.
  4. Fishing is permitted only in designated areas. State regulations apply. See more about fishing rules here.
  5. Group photography, professional photography and photography for commercial purposes are prohibited at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm. Professional photography sessions for weddings and other special occasions are welcomed at all other parks, with an approved Special-Use Permit.
  6. Some other activities that require special-use permits include organized school groups and organized sports. For information, please call the administrative offices at 330-867-5511, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or download a Special-Use Permit.
  7. Geocaching and letterboxing are not permitted, but virtual caches and "EarthCaches" are okay as long as visitors stay on designated trails. Items may not be left behind for other visitors to find. As the saying goes, "Take only photographs, leave only footprints."
  8. Drivers must stay on established roads, and commercial vehicles are prohibited. Traffic regulations include a 25 mph speed limit, unless otherwise posted.
  9. The following actions/items are prohibited: littering; hunting, trapping and feeding wildlife; removing flowers, shrubs and other property; disorderly conduct; public indecency and nudity; alcoholic beverages (except under certain conditions at Himelright Lodge); fireworks; commercial enterprises; posting and distributing signs or advertisements.

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