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October News

Brisk days, blue skies, bright wildflowers and flame colored trees-- what a terrific time to get out on the trails and immerse yourself in nature. Get to know your Portage Parks, there are beautiful places nearby waiting for you.

Berlin Lake Trail
Closed for Deer Gun Season
Berlin Lake Trail
in Deerfield will be closed to non-hunters during deer-gun season:

Nov. 17-18; Nov 26-Dec 2; Dec 15-16; Jan 5-8

Trail users should be advised that the Berlin Recreation Area is leased by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and is open to bow hunting and hunting of different animals as permitted, so caution throughout the season is advised.  Learn more about hunting in Ohio at the
Guided Hikes
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If you'd rather not hike alone, park staff and friends will lead hikes Sundays at 1:00. Once you're done with the challenge (with us or on your own), you'll earn a hiking stick and brass tag. Find your parks and trails and get your forms HERE.

October 14: Franklin Connector section of the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail

October 21: The PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail at Lake Rockwell Road

October 28: Berlin Lake Trail starting at SR 224 parking area

November 4: Headwaters Trail Mantua, starting at Buchert Park

November 11: Towner's Woods

November 18: Seneca Ponds

November 25: Dix Park


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The annual Friends of Portage Parks giving campaign is now underway. Portage Parks have been hit hard by budget cuts the past few years, and your support is critical to our operations.  Please consider becoming a Friend today by giving what you can to support parks, trails and conservation.  You'll feel good!
Water and Forest
Management Plans

We often take for granted the incredible natural resources we are blessed to have in Portage County--plenty of clean water and wildlife habitat that yield significant economic benefits to landowners and the general public.

Area conservation professionals have been developing plans for managing the important water and forest resources in our county. The Division of Forestry has created a Forest Stewardship Plan for Northern Portage County, and the planning agency NEFCO has created the Middle Cuyahoga River Watershed Action Plan.  Both are available for your review and comment by clicking the title links above. 
We hope you can get out and enjoy the beauty of the season in Portage Parks, and we'd love to hear about your experiences in nature and on the trails. Share your photos and stories on our Facebook page, and encourage your friends and family to like us too! 
Happy Trails :o)
Christine Craycroft
Executive Director
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