Summit Metro Parks We're Your Back Yard

Alerts

For details, call the admin offices 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday: 330-867-5511.


Last updated November 28, 2022.

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GENERAL  


Nature Realm Visitors Center

The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center will be closed Wednesday, December 7 for annual floor maintenance. 

Paddling

Please note that the paddling access point at the Oxbow Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park is for experienced paddlers ONLY. This area includes challenging strainers.

Drinking Fountains

As temperatures drop, water lines at the Metro Parks are being winterized and drinking fountains will be turned off. Please remember to bring water for your visit.

MULTIPURPOSE TRAILS 

Towpath Trail

  • Ongoing: The Towpath Trail is rerouted around the KB BioEnergy plant while the City of Akron performs work associated with its ongoing sewer project.

PARKS

Gorge Metro Park

  • Ongoing: A portion of Highbridge Trail is closed until further notice due to a damaged pedestrian bridge. Because the area will be disrupted by upcoming sewer construction and any repairs would be temporary, SMP will construct a permanent solution once sewer work is complete. Visitors may continue to use the trail from the Highbridge trailhead parking lot or the Chuckery Area trailhead sign to the bridge (1.5 miles out and back from both directions).

Munroe Falls Metro Park

  • 11/21/22: The lake is closed to fishing and boating for the winter season. It will reopen spring 2023.

Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park 

  • 9/3/22: The Ohio Division of Wildlife is operating a controlled waterfowl hunting program on Nimisila Reservoir starting September 3, 2022 through February 6, 2023.  Please contact the Ohio Division of wildlife at 330-644-2293 with questions.
  • 12/1/22: Electric sites only will be available at Nimisila Campground from November 1 through 30; all non-electric sites will be closed. Beginning December 1, Nimisila Campground will be closed for construction and electrical upgrades. The campground will reopen June 1, 2023. Dates of the closure are subject to change. 

Sand Run Metro Park

  • 11/30/22: The portion of Sand Run Parkway between Sand Run Road and Revere Road will be closed for replacement of the sanitary sewer manhole. The closure is expected to last 30 days. Should you have any questions, please contact the Fairlawn Service Department at 330-668-9550.
  • 7/6/21: Summit Metro Parks is making a series of grant-funded infrastructure and ecological improvements within Sand Run Metro Park. Additional projects necessary to the park's long-term sustainability will result in rolling trail and parkway closures through 2022 (more information available here). 
  • Ongoing: After carefully considering options for the future of the Jogging Trail at Sand Run Metro Park, Summit Metro Parks has determined the section of Sand Run Parkway between Portage Path and Merriman Rd. will remain closed to vehicles to protect wildlife and allow for future trail connections. Pedestrians are welcome to use this section of the parkway until permanent improvements are complete. Parking is available at the Old Portage Area.

Silver Creek

  • 11/28/22: The Silver Creek Archery Range parking lot will be closed to widen the entrance and create additional parking for trailers to access Bridle Trail. The closure is expected to last several weeks.