Carlisle Reservation - Lorain County Metro Parks


Visitors Center
If you’re new to Carlisle or to the Lorain County Metro Parks in general, the Visitor Center is a great place to start. You’ll find information about all the parks in the system, with personal help available at the information desk during regular business hours, 8am-4:30pm.

While one side of the Visitor Center houses the administrative offices, the other side is open to the public and has several interesting places to see. For the kids there’s the Children’s Play Space—a colorful split-level playroom with plenty of places to crawl and climb to encourage that sense of exploration. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the wildlife observation room to get a close-up look at a variety of birds which feed at an array of bird feeders just outside the windows. The observation room also hosts one of three Nature Nook gift shops in the park system. If you’re looking for a reservable meeting room, the visitor center has two: the Black River Room and the Carlisle Room that are available to rent for organization meetings and trainings, or private parties. Call (440) 458-5121 to learn more about reserving the room.

Raptors, Railroads and Holiday Lights
Just outside the Visitor Center, the Raptor Center is open to the public and houses several raptors with descriptive placards (see the Raptor Center page for more details.) The Maple Sugar Shack is not far away, where maple sugaring demonstrations are held in February and March. The Little Green Choo – a little train children and adults can ride on- is also housed at the Carlisle Visitor Center. It travels along an asphalt trail and winds through fields and forest. The trail is open for hiking when the train is not running. Special events include the Halloween Fair and Holiday Lights, which have become traditions for many and continues to grow over the years.

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