Carlisle Reservation, the largest of Lorain County's Metro Parks, encompasses 1820 acres, including the Forest Hills Golf Course. At the entrance of the park, a visitor's center houses a children's play space, a wildlife observation room, and two meeting rooms.
Southwest of the visitor's center is the Reservation's Equestrian Area, which, although not just for horse enthusiasts, offers 6 miles of excellent bridal trails. The Area also features an outdoor equestrian arena with stands and judge's stand. In close proximity to the Equestrian Area is a large soccer field, as is Neilsen Observatory, run by the Black River Astronomical Society. In addition to horseback riding, the varied terrain of the Area's trails is amenable to runners, walkers, and even dogsledders.
Additional attractions of note at the Carlisle Reservation include a Duck Pond Picnic Area featuring state-licensed fishing, a reservable picnic shelter, and playground; a Raptor Center containing several raptors with descriptive placards; a Maple Sugar Shack open in February and March; and the Black River-Carlisle Railroad, a new scale railroad that will carry enthusiasts of all ages nearly one mile through the park.
Events on October 25, 2014
Jamie's Flea Market
All Pro Freight Stadium
Lorain County Joint Vocational School
Bonnie Brae Elk Farm
Allen Memorial Art Museum
Carlisle Reservation Equestrian Center
Main Street Vermilion
Findley State Park
Wellington Town Hall
French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Lorain County Community College
Carlisle Visitor Center
Paper Moon Vineyards
Vermilion Valley Vineyards
Novotny Farm Market
Olde Towne Hall Theatre
French Creek Nature and Arts Center
Lorain Palace Theater
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
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