Regulations & Ordinances

The Public Safety Dept. or Rangers exist to help you, so don’t be shy about saying hello or reporting any concerns.   Users should follow all rules and regulations. 

Reach an on-duty Ranger at 330.353.2377


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can my dog run free?

All pets must be leashed while on park property and owners must dispose of pet waste properly

Q: Is camping permitted anywhere in Stark Parks?

Camping is generally not permitted in Stark Parks. A primitive campsite is located at the Bridgeport Quarry Trailhead for individuals or small groups hiking or biking the Towpath Trail. Car camping is not permitted. Organized camping by civic groups or other recognized organizations may be allowed with approval in advance.

Q: Are campfires permitted anywhere in Stark Parks?

Fires are not permitted except in park grills or personally owned grills and only for cooking purposes.

Q: Is alcohol permitted anywhere in Stark Parks?

Alcohol is not permitted on general park property.

Q: Are E-bikes permitted?

In response to recent legislation enacted by the State of Ohio, Stark Parks has updated our rules and regulations to conform with state law.  

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.  

Q: Are there ATV trails in Stark Parks?

All-terrain vehicles are not permitted in any area.

Q: Do I need a fishing license?

All state fishing regulations apply. If you are 16 years of age or older, you are required to have a license. Seniors also need to have a license, but may have a fee waived. Contact ODNR for these details.

Q: May I hunt in Stark Parks?

Hunting is permitted only in designated areas within the park district and all state hunting regulations apply.

Q: What is the speed limit in Stark Parks?

The speed limit on most park roadways and parking lots is 15 mph.  Please obey all posted speed limits.

Q: May I swim anywhere in Stark Parks?

Swimming is not permitted in any body of water within the park district.

Q: Can a group demonstrate or protest?

Freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources.

Special events that fall under First Amendment rules include:

  • Distribution and/or sale of printed matter
  • Religious services
  • Public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
  • Collecting signatures for petitions

First Amendment activities with over 25 participants require the approval of a Special Event Request.  The park may regulate the time, place and manner in which these activities are conducted.  

All printed material that will be distributed must be attached to the initial application for review.  Free speech sites have been designated at specific Stark County Park District locations.


Other prohibited activities in Stark Parks also include:

littering; feeding wildlife; removing flowers, shrubs and other property; disorderly conduct; public indecency and nudity; fireworks; and posting and distributing signs or advertisements

Can I fly a drone in Stark Parks?

Drones are not permitted to take off or land within the park district but they are able to overfly the park district as long as they do not touch the ground. The operator also needs to be aware of the rules regarding flight beyond visual reference in the rules regarding flying over people.

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