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Parks & Recreation Guide

Canton Parks & Recreation

The City of Canton has 40 parks and 10 mini-parks available for public use. Some of the most prominent include: 

Click here for more information, a full list of Canton City parks and park photos.


Plain Township Parks

There are 102 acres under the Plain Township Parks and Recreation Department, with its goal being “to enhance people’s lives and the community they live in.” Some of them include:

In addition, the Plain Township Parks system offers local sports programs for community soccer, midget football, baseball and softball. Other summer programs include baton/ pom-pom, bowling, humane society event, fitness classes, movie club and tennis lessons. Click here for more information.

Hoover Park

Owned and operated by Walsh University, this North Canton park exudes charm with its summer rentals, which include a cottage, kitchens, a western room, a pavilion and Hoover Hall. Perfect for family and group outings, all rentals include the use of playground equipment, baseball fields, a basketball court, a bocce court and a volleyball court. The pavilion is equipped with picnic tables, a large grill, electricity, a playground and roll-down sides in case of rain. Hoover Hall has a large stage with a dance floor, tables and seating, a kitchen and private restrooms and is perfect for banquets and weddings. Adjacent to the park is the Hoover Historical Center, the former summer home of Herbert W. Hoover, president of Hoover Company. For more information and a downloadable brochure, click here.

Stark Parks

The mission of the Stark County Park District is to acquire, preserve, and develop natural areas for passive recreation, conservation, education, and nature appreciation. Stark Parks includes 13 parks, 4 lakes, and over 80 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails around Stark County. Picnic shelters and indoor banquet and meeting facilities are available for rent. Hikes and nature education programs suitable for all ages are offered year-round, with on-line reservations available at www.StarkParks.com.

The Stark County Park District features 13 parks and over 90 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails around Stark County. Picnic shelters and indoor banquet facilities are available for rent in several locations. Hikes, tours and nature education programs suitable for all ages are offered year-round, with on-line reservations available at www.StarkParks.com. Contact Stark Parks for more information on group tours and field trips.

Parks, trails, and facilities include:

For more information on the Stark County Park District, visit their website at www.StarkParks.com.

Ohio & Erie Canalway

Visitors can choose to travel by train, trolley, bike, bus or foot through the Canalway to discover museums, historic sites and outdoor recreational opportunities. The 100-mile Towpath trail is great for hiking, walking or bicycling, or you can choose to take in the scenery along 110 miles of scenic byway roads. The trail has dozens of trailheads linking cities and towns all over Ohio. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers adventures through the Canalway to the Village of Peninsula, Hale Farm & Village, National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron Zoo, Canton and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Tours are also available by bus, trolley and The Saint Helena III canal boat to Canalway attractions such as historic sights and museums. Click here for more information. 

The Wilderness Center

Located in Wilmot, OH, just a short distance from Canton, The Wilderness Center has miles of trails and many learning opportunities. As a non-profit center, TWC hosts numerous programs like walks, starwatches, planetarium shows and other special events like a concert series. Most are free and open to the public. The Interpretive Building includes a fossil wall, interactive display room, trails and animal observation area. Click here for more information.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, on the National Register of Historic Places, offers recreational activities, educational programs, railroad excursions, historic points of interest and conference facilities. Located on nearly 33,000 acres between Cleveland and Akron, CVNP can be accessed off I-77, I-271, The Ohio Turnpike (I-80) and State Route 8 by following park signs. The backbone of the park is the 22-mile Cuyahoga River, named “the crooked river” by American Indians. The steep valley walls, ravines and lush forest that merge the Appalachian Plateau and Central Lowlands give the park its beauty while also providing the perfect habitat for over 900 plant species and hundreds of animals. Visitors can choose to take a ranger-guided tour or explore the park on their own. Many events take place at the park, including concerts, art exhibits, workshops and shows. In addition, the park connects to the Ohio & Erie Canalway and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. For more information about the CVNP click here.

Clay’s Park Resort

On more than 500 acres, visitors of Clay’s Park in Canal Fulton can choose from a number of activities such as camping, skating, swimming, water slides, volleyball, miniature golf, boating, biking/hiking trails and more. Within the park are an individual water park, skate park and RV park. Campers can rent cozy cabins and a restaurant on the grounds offers themed weekends, catering and an internet coffee café. Clay’s Park is great for family or company outings. A large amphitheater hosts concerts and special events during summer and fall, some of which are nationally recognized. Click here for more information.

Bear Creek Resort Ranch

Just 7 miles south of Canton, Bear Creek offers camping, swimming, fishing, boating, miniature golf, ATV and bike trails, hayrides, horseback riding, day camps and winter tobogganing. Cabins and lodge rentals are available, and many events and themed weekends are planned each year. Click here for more information.  

Cleveland Metroparks

Often referred to as the “Emerald Necklace,” Cleveland Metroparks consist of 16 reservations on more than 21,000 acres circling Cleveland. Each reservation offers its own recreation, education, events and distinct charm. The parks have many opportunities, including more than 60 miles of paved trails available for hiking, biking or skating. Seven golf courses are also owned and maintained by the parks. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers many opportunities and exhibits for all ages.

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