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Don’t Let The Winter Weather Keep You From Breaking A Sweat

While hibernating by a cozy fire is seemingly always tempting, for those of us who can’t stand being indoors for an extended period of time, we are lucky to live in a county full of glorious winter sports activities. Make sure to dress for the elements and bring plenty of water if you’re looking to get a workout from any of these. No worries about nominal snow—most of these activities will take place no matter what!

Yes, it’s true—snowshoeing is quickly becoming one of the most popular winter sports activities in the world! Lorain County Metro Parks (LCMP) generously offers guided snowshoe hikes and free snowshoe rental days at various locations. Snowshoeing has been around for thousands of years and is now considered a winter sport—you can burn hundreds of calories in an hour and improve your cardio fitness level! For you first-timers, check out Snowshoe Magazine’s First-Timer’s Guide. Check the LCMP website for dates and times or go out on your own! Also, don’t miss the family-oriented Snowshoeing Games at Lakeview Park on January 22. 

Icicles at Vermilion River Reservation

LCMP also offers guided hikes throughout the season. Learn about the habits of winter animals in the area or gaze at Mill Hollow’s larger than life icicles while you exercise. For a chance of scenery, hike at Common Ground – The Cindy Nord Center for Renewal. This gorgeous retreat is the ideal place to refresh your muscles surrounded by calming, beautiful forestry.

No need to travel to Colorado to ski, get your cross-country skiing fix right here in Lorain County! North Coast Inland Trail, known as the skinniest park of the LCMP, is perfect for cross-country skiers with its long straight-aways from Elyria to Kipton. The Bridgeway Trail, another LCMP site starts at Day’s Dam in Lorain and ends at the High Meadows picnic area in Elyria. The expansive 4-1/2 mile trail passes through meadows and forest groves, under bridges and over the treetops on a 1000-foot bridge that crosses the river in two places.

Findley State Park offers snowshoeing and skiing, as well, but adds ice skating, ice fishing and sledding hills to their repertoire. Findley’s Annual Winter Hike (February 5) is a favorite among locals.

Buckeye Trail at Findley State Park, Wellington

Speaking of sledding…rumor has it, Lorain County is home to some of the best hills around! Sledding is a great adrenaline rush for kids and adults. Famous sledding hills in the area include Vermilion River Reservation, Carlisle Reservation, Cascade Park in Elyria, behind Philips Gym in Oberlin, South Central Park in North Ridgeville or behind Golden Acres Nursing Home in Amherst. Do you have the perfect hill you visit each year? Comment below and let us know!

Want the winter recreation without the frozen toes and long-underwear layers? Indoor ice skating at North Park Complex Ice Arena may be your best bet. Don’t hesitate if you’re a new ice skater—there are plenty of instructional classes offered and Open Skate opportunities to practice. If summer can’t come soon enough, indoor kayak lessons at Splash Zone in Oberlin are sure to get your fix. 
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Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you out enjoying the brisk winter weather!

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Lorain County Fair continues through Sunday

Lorain County Fair continues through Sunday

The weather forecast for Wellington is gorgeous this weekend, perfect for a trip to the Lorain County Fair! Scheduled entertainment throughout the weekend includes NTPA Tractor Pull on Friday night, Combine Derby/Pick-up Truck Derby Saturday night and Demolition Derby on Sunday night. If your looking for something a little different, there is a full schedule […]

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June Festivals in Lorain County

June Festivals in Lorain County

Summer has finally hit Lorain County! For many among us that means funnel cakes and ferris wheels. And make no mistake, there’ll be plenty of those. But the county is also known for its more unique festivals and bazaars! Take a look at what’s happening in June alone: June 3rd, Grand Pacific Junction First Thursday: Grand Pacific […]

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Get Active in Lorain County-Indoor and Outdoor Recreation for the Whole Family

Get Active in Lorain County-Indoor and Outdoor Recreation for the Whole Family

Looking for some sports action this summer? Lorain County has a large number of exciting sports venues and events perfect for spectators and athletes alike. Baseball: No offense to a certain professional baseball club just east of Lorain County, but there’s no telling what the summer will be like as far as Major League Baseball is concerned. […]

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