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300 Hours Outside Challenge

Tired of sitting behind a computer screen or listening to the kids yell at Fortnite? Take it outside! Stark Parks is challenging you to a 300 Hours Outside Challenge. It can be on-your-own, with some friends, or along with the kids. How it Works? Take the 300 hour challenge from…

Family Fall Fest!

Happy Fall Y'all! Stark Parks’ Annual Fall Fest will take place Saturday, October 23, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Petros Lake Park's Woodland Shelter. This free, family-friendly event offers lots of fun activities, giveaways and entertainment for kids and families of all ages. Come out and celebrate fall…

Gnomevember Events

Gnomevember is back this year and we have some great activities and events to celebrate! Who doesn't like a gnome? They spread cheer from a door step, brighten our gardens, and bring a smile to your face. We invite you to spread some joy and celebrate Gnomevember with Stark Parks!…

How to Enjoy a Day at Sippo Lake Park

1. The interactive OhioBio exhibit at the Exploration Gateway (Sippo Lake North) -This choose-your-own-adventure style educational exhibit tells the story of local natural history and the effects of our decisions and actions on local wildlife populations over time. Before entering the exhibit hall, pick up a Species Card from our…
Timeline on wall in exhibit

Ohio Bio Exhibit Now Open

A new natural history timeline exhibit called Ohio Bio is now open to visitors. Located inside the Canalway Center at the Exploration Gateway, the exhibit shows some of the significant events that impacted the state’s native animal populations. The free exhibit is currently open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to…

VeteRUN Walk and Virtual 5k

This Veteran's Day, Stark Parks is honoring those who have served our country by inviting you and your family to take a patriotic hike or run at Quail Hollow Park. The Nature for All Trail will be lined with American flags paying tribute to our veterans with signs sharing the…

Park of the Living Dead Movie and Hike-Cancelled for Oct. 15

Bummer Alert! Due to inclement weather, the Oct. 15th event is cancelled. We'll try again in 2022! Join Stark Parks on Friday, October 15 for Park of the Living Dead. This free event is for ages 21+ only and will begin with a haunted hike through the trails at Tam…

Trash to Treasure Challenge

Another person's trash could be your ticket to a winning art piece!  Join Friends of Stark Parks and partners, Stark Parks, Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District, Ohio Ocean Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore Canton for our annual upcycle art contest in celebration of America Recycles Day! We’re looking…
Hiking on a wooded trail

Stark Exploring Trail Challenge

Soon enough, the leaves will be turning, the air will be brisk, and fall will be popping up all around. Take the Stark Exploring Challenge and experience autumn with Stark Parks! From September 1 to November 30, hike 10 of the select trails and get rewarded with a hiking stick…

Towpath Trail Construction Work in Massillon

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began an ongoing levee project near the Tuscarawas River in August 2020.  This is a long term project that will affect this section of the towpath through 2022. As of April. 26, 2021, the Towpath Trail is closed between Cherry Rd. and Lake Ave.…

Walborn Reservoir Eagle Nest Report

We hope you enjoy the observations of eagle watching volunteers and invite you to stop by the nest site located on the west side of Walborn Reservoir.  Laws protecting eagles define how close you can get to a nest; do not walk any closer than the wooden Observation Deck that…

Celebrating 50 Years

Humble Beginnings (1960s and 1970s) The year was 1967. Although Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources had been established 18 years before in 1949, it was three years before the establishment of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970. It would be another…

Find Me FeLeap

Introducing "Find Me FeLeap", another fun scavenger hunt opportunity for you to explore Stark Parks. Ben Weaver, a Jackson High School student and Life Scout with Troop 927-Lake Cable, has designed and placed 12 hidden FeLeap signs across Stark Parks.  These signs are tucked away along trails, near wildlife observation areas,…

Help Collect and Clean Native Seeds

Many of the plants and trees within Stark Parks are in their seed stage, which means it’s time to collect and clean these seeds. All are welcome to join for the seed collection or cleaning, and volunteering requires no previous knowledge or experience. A Stark Parks staff member will be…

Hidden Gems of Stark Parks

The great outdoors continues to be one of the safest places to spend time, and Stark Parks has plenty of space to explore.  If your usual route has increased in traffic, or you're simply ready to try out a new trail, switch up your route and discover new areas and…

Mindfulness Walk Presented with NACPRO Award

Stark Parks is proud to announce that the Mindfulness Walk at Petros Lake Park has been selected as a recipient of a 2020 National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) award in the Park and Rec Facility – Class I category. The annual NACPRO awards honor excellence in…
Towpath Trail Closed in Areas
We expect water to recede over the weekend. As of 6/21/19, we cannot access trail damage or downed trees in many areas. These areas will be closed to trail users until a full inspection is complete. Please follow all trail closing barricades and signs.
Hi There! We hope you are looking to Opt Outside today or any day. Take a break from buying presents and be present. Your body and mind thank you!
Feedback Requested!
We are now accepting public comment on the Phase 4 Iron Horse Trail proposal through January 29, 2019.
E-bike Pilot Program
Class 1 e-bikes are permitted to ride on multi-purpose trails (crushed limestone or asphalt). E-bikes are not permitted on natural surface, equestrian, or mountain bike trails. A class 1 e-bike is a bicycle equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
Trail Closed
We expect water to recede over the weekend. As of 6/21/19, we cannot access trail damage or downed trees in many places. These areas will be closed to trail users until a full inspection is complete. Please follow all trail closing barricades and signs.
Marinas Open for Season May 1
Registration Reminder!
1. Make sure you register and pay (if applicable) for the camp. 2. Print your waiver and bring it with you to camp. 3. Read over special instructions and welcome letter. 4. Call us at 330.477.3552 with any questions.
Serenades in the Park Concert Cancelled-Petros Lake Park
The concert has been cancelled as of 12 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2019 due to inclement weather in the forecast at the performance time. The exact same performance will be held tomorrow, Monday Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. on the steps of North Canton City Hall, 145 N. Main St., North Canton, 44720.
Deadline Approaching: Order Club Apparel by Feb. 9!
Use the Shop Apparel Button on the main page or the button below!
New Date and Time for March 2020 Board Meeting
New Meeting Date: Thursday March 5, at 6 p.m.
Location: Exploration Gateway-Sippo Lake Park North 5712 12th St. NW, Canton 44708
COVID-19 Updates

Masks are strongly recommended while visiting indoor facilities and attending indoor programs. The Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park is now accepting indoor meetings, banquets, and rental events. The Lily Pad Gift Shop and Canalway Center debuting an Ohio Bio exhibit are open regular hours of Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone orders and curbside pick up will continue to be offered.

The Manor House at Quail Hollow Park is accepting new rental reservations.

COVID-19 UPDATES

Face masks are recommended for all patrons entering indoor facilities and attending indoor programs. The Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park has resumed reservations for indoor meetings, banquets, and rental events. The Lily Pad Gift Shop and Canalway Center debuting an Ohio Bio exhibit are open regular hours of Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone orders and curbside pick up will continue to be offered. The Manor House at Quail Hollow Park is now accepting new rental reservations.

Injured and orphaned wildlife will continue to be accepted on a case by case basis at the Wildlife Conservation Center due to animal capacity limits. Please call 330-477-0448 for details on how to bring your animal in. Please do not take animals to the center without calling first.

The interior atrium is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with several new exhibits including an aquatic turtle tank with spotted turtles, a small mammal enclosure, aviary exhibit, and a climbing tree snake display. The outdoor enclosures will continue to be open until 6 p.m. for self-guided tours. Applications and interviews for new volunteers interested in assisting with wildlife care and cleaning will be accepted beginning in September 15, 2021.

Marinas at Sippo Lake Park and Walborn Reservoir are open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays with food and bait sales and equipment rentals.

Eagle Observation Open with Restrictions
No group viewing at this time, but you are permitted to view with your OWN equipment.

A maximum of 2 people on the deck at any time.