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Winter Sports

To learn if sledding and skating areas are open, call our seasonal information line at 330-865-8060 or follow @metro_parks on Twitter.

SnowshoesBorrow snowshoes

You can borrow snowshoes – for free – from the Liberty Park Nature Center (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg). Click here for building hours.

Snowshoes may not leave the park, may only be used on Bluebird Trail, and must be returned by 4:45 p.m. on the date of the loan. A signed waiver is required.

Please call the nature center for availability and an inventory of sizes: 330-487-0493.


The best conditions for sledding include frozen ground with at least two inches of snow cover. Remember to walk up the side of sled hills, not in the center where you may be in the path of moving sleds. Sledding is permitted in designated areas only. Sledding is prohibited on trails and wooded hills. 

Ice SkatingIce Skating

Never skate on the lake unless signs indicate it is open for skating. Ice must be four inches thick and free of snow, and temperatures must remain several degrees below freezing for long periods of time. Wear properly fitted skates with sharpened blades for enhanced control and safety. Ice skating is permitted in designated areas only. 

Ice FishingIce Fishing

Ice fishing is possible at your own risk, dawn to dusk, as conditions allow. Users may not light fires, take motorized vehicles onto the ice, or build/leave structures and shelters on park property. Temporary shanties may be moved only by hand from the parking lot to the lake, and must be removed daily. View the ODNR Division of Wildlife's ice fishing safety tips. Ice fishing is permitted in designated areas only. 

Cross-Country SkiingCross-Country Skiing

Some areas are too steep to negotiate safely on skis. To help keep your skis from being damaged by sharp, uncovered stones, ski only when trails have at least two inches of snow cover.

Cross-country skiing is also possible on the 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail, the district’s 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and the 6-mile Freedom Trail in Tallmadge.

Winter Sports Chart