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By on October 5, 2018

 Ashtabula County Metroparks Hosts Autumn Series of Hiking, other Programs

Horseplay, October 6

The Ashtabula County Metroparks is hosting a series of hiking, safety and other fun programing for all skill levels in our local Metroparks this Fall. The first event is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018 from noon until 5pm at Ashley Moore’s Riding Stable, 1269 Doyle Rd, Jefferson for a horseback trail ride and scavenger hunt. Contact for more information or register at the Riding Stables.

5th Annual Safety Force Day, October 12:

Ashtabula Metroparks is participating in the Scare Crime Away event at the Metroparks’ SR Austinburg Staging Area (trailhead), State Route 307, Austinburg on Friday, October 12, from 11am -2pm and will focus on bicycle safety and children’s bike helmet giveaway. Meet Bike Patrol and others to help find the right fit for your new helmet. This event helps to kick off a weekend of county-wide activities, including the Covered Bridge Festival, Ashtabeautiful Scavenger Hunt and Fall Cycling tour. This will afford county residents and visitors to experience multiple parks all over Ashtabula County.

Western Reserve Greenway Trail Ride, October 13

Ashtabula Metroparks presents a 20-mile bicycle ride beginning on Saturday, October 13, at 9:30am at the Lampson Road Staging Area on Lampson Road east of State Rte 45. The ride continues to the Nature Conservancy Grand River Campus, 3973 Callender Rd, Rock Creek. Helmets are required.

Covered Bridge Festival/Ashtabeautiful Scavenger Hunt & Outdoor Activities October 13-14

Ashtabula Metroparks is pleased to partner with the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Association and many other organizations to participate in the Covered Bridge Festival. In addition to a table at Festival Headquarters in Jefferson, Metroparks will have Board and/or staff at Camp Peet Metropark, and will conduct hikes and other activities there as well as at Lampson Reservoir, Eyring Wetlands and Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metroparks all at or within ½ mile of one of Ashtabula County’s covered bridge locations:

Lampson Reservoir Metropark. Fall colors and nature hike sprinkled with Lampson Reservoir history. The two- mile hike on Saturday, October 13, at 1:30 pm will be led by Ashtabula Metroparks’ Larry Frimerman and will originate next to the historic Doyle Road Covered Bridge from the Ashley Moore Riding Stables, 1269 Doyle Rd, Jefferson and connect with Lampson Road Metropark. The Sunday, October 14th 9:30 am and 11am guided nature hikes will be led by Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s George Warnock originate at Lampson Road Metropark at State Route 307 at Hickok Rd., Jefferson Twp.

Camp Peet Metropark, 405 Creek Road in Conneaut. Parking is available near the covered bridge. Please plan to meet in the parking area at the Ashtabula Metroparks table at the Camp Peet parking lot. Metroparks will conduct a low impact nature walk on a flat, designated trail approximately 1 mile in length will be led by naturalist Marc Hanneman of the Sam Wharram Nature Club. The Saturday, October 13 hike will be @1:30 and at 3:00. The Sunday, October 14 hike will be at 1:30pm. Conneaut Boy Scout Troop 34 and Cub Scout Troop 34 will be conducting hayrides, tours and camping displays throughout both days.  Camp Peet Metropark will be one of the designated Scavenger Hunt locations.

Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark, Harpersfield Road. The Saturday, October 13 1 mile guided hike along the Grand River will be at 11:00am and led by naturalist and landscape architect Joyce Bond. The Sunday, October 14, hikes will be at 11:00am and 1pm, also led by Joyce Bond. Meet at the north side of the park at the kiosk across from the pavilion.

Eyring Wetlands Metropark, 906 Windsor Mechanicsville Road in Austinburg Twp, Enjoy a 1.5 mile guided hike on Saturday, October 13 from the trailhead at 10:00 am led by Don Eyring, property donor to Ashtabula County Metroparks and creator of the Eyring wetlands.  On Sunday, October 14, at 1:00PM , the guided hike will be led by Marc Hanneman of the Sam Wharram Nature Club.

Other October Events:

Feeding Fall and Winter Birds Workshop Wednesday, October 17, 8:30am at Lampson Reservoir Metropark, 1259 SR 307, Jefferson Twp.

Join Mark Meyer of the Bird Feeder to learn best bird feeding mixes for fall and winter, how to make your yard a favorite destination for birds and hike and identify birds.

Exploring Wildlife in Saybrook, Saturday, October 20 at 9:00am, 4338 Lake Rd West, Saybrook Twp.

Plan to explore the soon – to be Red Brook Metropark which will be Ashtabula County Metroparks’ newest park which will be open in late 2018. Enjoy fall colors and whatever birds/wildlife may be active along  Red Brook at the former Harbor Golf Course. Meet at the parking lot next to Martinis Restaurant and hike along the old golf cart paths with Marc Hanneman of Sam Wharram Nature Club.

Trunk Or Treat Safety and Fun Event, Saturday, October 20, 10:00 am to 1pm, Lampson Road Staging Area

Lampson Staging area is located east of State Rte 45 in Austinburg. Join Ashtabula Metroparks’ Park Ranger as well as other public safety departments for candy, games, hand’s on experiences in police, fire and other emergency vehicles. Even the Ashtabula County District Library’s Bookmobile will be there.
For further information on this or future hiking and other programs in the Ashtabula County Metroparks, please visit the Metroparks website at, or our Facebook page. You can register on our Facebook page  or email: