Enjoying the outdoors during the winter can be as easy as stepping into a pair of snowshoes and going on a hike after a fresh snowfall. If you own a pair of snowshoes you can simply pack up your gear and head out to your favorite park or trail. No snowshoes? No problem! There are also places across Ohio that offer snowshoe rentals as well as dedicated snowshoe trails.
To avoid disappointment, please check the websites listed to confirm hours, pricing and equipment availability before planning your trip.
Chapin Forest Reservation – Lake County Metroparks
Part of the Lake Country Metroparks, Chapin Forest Reservation offers six miles of trails for snowshoeing. There is even an easy 1 mile trail that is lit at night. Visitors can bring their own equipment or rent snowshoes at the Chapin Forest Reservation Pine Lodge Ski Center. Remember to bring a driver’s license as it is required as a deposit with all rentals. Before visiting them, call the ski center to check snow conditions and to confirm the center is open for the day.
Chapin Forest Reservation
Pine Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center: 10381 Hobart Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
In the Cleveland Metroparks, there is a variety of places where you can go snowshoeing. As long as there is a 4-inch snow base on the ground, all hiking, bridle, and all-purpose trails and up for use. In addition, the fairways and rough areas of golf courses in and around the area can be used. Be sure to follow proper etiquette and yield to horses and cross-country skiers, and not to walk on ski tracks. During the snowshoe season, shoes can be rented at Big Met Golf course, Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store, and the North Chagrin Nature Center.
Big Met Golf Course
4811 Valley Pkwy., Fairview Park, OH 44126
Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store
1 Metropolitan Park W, Hinckley, OH 44233
North Chagrin Nature Center
401 Buttermilk Falls Pkwy., Willoughby, OH 44094
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
In the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, snowshoeing is seasonally available when there are at least 4 inches of snow on the ground. You can rent shoes at the Boston Mills Visitor Center and use the nearby trails to walk around and enjoy the scenery. Be careful on trails shared with cross-country skiers. Always yield to the skiers and try to avoid stepping on the ski tracks.
Boston Mill Visitor Center
6947 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264
Girdled Road Reservation – Lake County Metroparks
Lake County Metroparks offers lots of snowshoeing locations. Perhaps the best place to explore the winter woods is the Girdled Road Reservation. There are two trails, about 3.5 miles total, specially made for snowshoers that provide a backcountry snowshoe experience. To rent shoes, you can head over to Chapin Forest Reservation, which allows you to rent shoes and take them offsite.
Girdled Road Reservation
South Entrance: 12926 Radcliffe Rd., Concord Twp., OH 44077
The Holden Arboretum is very beautiful during spring, summer, and fall, but did you know you can also experience its beauty in the winter? The Holden Arboretum offers a lot of snowshoeing trails that you can enjoy. You can either bring your own or rent them at the Corning Visitor Center. Any snow-covered trails or fields can be accessed. The only restriction is to stay away from garden beds and bodies of water.
9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
Liberty Park Nature Center – Summit Metro Parks
Summit County Metro Parks offer free snowshoe rentals at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Snowshoes are not able to leave the park ground and also may only be used on the Bluebird trail. Be sure to rent snow shoes earlier in the day so you can explore all of Bluebird Trail, as you must return them by 4:45 pm on the day of the loan.
Liberty Park Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087
Penitentiary Glen Reservation – Lake County Metroparks
Penitentiary Glen Reservation is one of the best places to snowshoe in the area. With over 8 miles of trails, people of all ages and skills can enjoy snowshoeing. They offer an easy quarter-mile loop to a harder 2.6-mile trail. On weekends, a warm campfire awaits you after your walk. There is even hot cocoa in the Nature Center. The best place to rent shoes for this trail is the Chapin Forest Pine Lodge.
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
Quail Hollow Park – Stark Parks
Quail Hollow Park offers beautiful trails for snowshoeing. Rentals include the newest state-of-the-art snow shoes. They are lightweight and easy to use. You'll feel like an expert as soon as you hop on the trail! When conditions allow, usually 4 inches of snowfall, snowshoe rentals will be offered at Quail Hollow Park.
Quail Hollow Park
13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville, OH 44632
West Woods – Geauga Park District
The West Woods in Geauga County is one of the best places to embark on a snowshoeing adventure. As a rule of thumb, snowshoeing will only be available when there are 4 inches of snow on the ground, and the deeper the snow the better the experience. Snowshoes can be borrowed for up to two hours and are first come first serve. Another bonus is that they are free for all Geauga County residents.
9465 Kinsman Rd., Russell, OH 44072
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Tips for going Snowshoeing
Dress in layers: Layering your clothing is key to staying warm and comfortable while snowshoeing on the trails. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add a mid-layer for insulation, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
Practice before hitting the trails: If you or any members of your family are new to snowshoeing, it's a good idea to practice in a flat, open area before heading out on the trails. Most of the locations above the offer snowshoe rental have specific practice locations.
Check the weather and trail conditions: Before heading out, make sure to check the weather forecast and trail conditions. Most locations require a minimum amount of snowfall before they offer snowshoe rentals or allow people to use the trails.
Brings snacks and water: Pack some high-energy snacks, such as granola bars or trail mix, to help keep your energy levels up and make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your trip.
Have fun! Snowshoeing is a great way to spend time outdoors with your family and enjoy the beauty of nature. Remember to take in the sights and sounds around you and enjoy the experience!
More Winter Fun Things to do in Ohio
- Winter Fun Guide – Details on 100+ Things to do in Ohio during the winter months
- Cross Country Skiing – 23 locations including rental options
- Sledding in Northeast Ohio – With over 60 locations to choose from, there is sure to be a hill near you.
- Indoor & Outdoor Ice Rinks – Northeast Ohio is home to a handful of seasonal outdoor rinks. Admission is typically inexpensive (and sometimes FREE) and there is a small fee to rent ice skates (assuming you don’t have a pair of your own).
- Ski Resorts in Ohio – Ready to hit the slopes? Whether for skiing or snowboarding Ohio has a number of ski resorts to meet your needs. All have trails ranging from beginner to expert and offer classes for various skill levels.
- Snow Tubing in Ohio – Experience the thrill of cruising down a snow-covered hill in a tube by yourself or linked with your friends.