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.