Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure at Lorain County Metro Parks

The Outdoor Adventure department offers programs to explore the outdoors on various adventure activities such as kayaking, backpacking, fly fishing and cycling. Opportunities are available to improve your skill level as well as introduce you to new activities. These programs include classes, trips, competitions and more. You can also join various adventure related clubs that host gatherings, trips, seminars, and other activities. Club participants help to plan and facilitate many of the activities that will take place through the clubs.

Miller Nature Preserve




Lorain County Metro Parks has started various adventure related clubs.  These clubs will work to inspire participation in adventure recreation through gatherings, trips, seminars, and other activities.  Club participants will also help to plan and facilitate many of the activities that will take place through the clubs.

Paddling Sports Club

This club will host several paddling opportunities throughout the year. Some boats will be provided for those just wanting to try the sport. You can also meet others interested in exploring the waterways.

Complete 2014 Paddling
Sports Club schedule

Click here to see our Paddling Sports Club brochure.


Hiking and Backpacking Club

Please feel free to join us even if you have limited backpacking experience, or would just like to gain more information about this opportunity.

Complete 2014 Hiking and
Backpacking Club schedule

Email Jannah at jwilson@metroparks.cc with any questions and for upcoming meeting dates for these LCMP Adventure Clubs.

Friends of the Metro Parks Hiking Stick Program

The hiking stick program started in 1986 with 7 parks and 4,200 acres. This program was adapted to get people into the parks and enjoying nature. As an incentive hiking sticks were given out after completing 10 hikes in 6 different parks (a list of hikes can be found in the Arrowhead newsletter). Please not that a park naturalist has to sign off on the hiking stick form. For returning participants, a metal tag is given to attach to your hiking stick.

Now with 28 parks and over 10,000 acres, the program continues today. It has become a great outing for the scout troops, senior citizens and families. What a fantastic way to visit your parks, learn about nature first hand and engaging in a healthy life style. Hiking stick forms are available below, or at any park. Hikes run April 1st through June 30th.




Geocaching is a treasure hunting sport where people use GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) units to find caches that have been hidden.

Geocachers use a handheld GPS unit and known coordinates to find the hidden caches. This cache hunt is an entertaining adventure game. Caches are set up all over the world and the locations are shared on the internet. Click here for more information on Geocaching.



Looking into going fishing in the Lorain County Metro Parks? There are plenty of locations within the Park system for Steelhead fishing.

Click here to view a map of the Steelhead Trout Fishing Areas in Erie and Lorain Counties.


Disc Golf

The Bacon Woods area of Vermilion River Reservation is home to a Disc Golf course open to the public. This beautiful 9-hole course takes full advantage of the open meadows of the park. Spanning open fields, along ponds and through tall grass, players can enjoy a wide array of scenic and challenging terrain.

The Carriage Barn has discs availbale for use and provides a course map as well as a fill-in scorecard.


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