Have a “Primitive” Night Out at the Geauga Park District

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Camping lean-tos and tent pads at Headwaters Park, Big Creek Park and Chickagami Park have long been favorites for families, scouts, couples and those simply looking to unplug and relax.

Now The West Woods is home to two new camp sites – these ones, though, are a little different than their predecessors.

“The West Woods’ two new campsites are off the beaten path and walk-in only, so more primitive than those where you can drive right up,” said John Oros, executive director of Geauga Park District. “Our construction crew installed them this spring. In creating them, our goal is to serve a new demographic: backpackers and scouting groups who like to hike out to more remote locations in the woods to stay the night.”

Both new sites includes a 10-by-10-foot tent pad, a fire ring and a trail marker along the marked trail where the primitive path can be found. Campsite A is located 270 feet off the Pioneer Bridle Trail, on the side of Turkey Ridge Shelter; Campsite B is located 510 feet off the Ansel’s Cave Trail, on the side of Deer Run Shelter.

Both sites are also reservable, like all camping opportunities in the parks, at Geauga Park District under Make a Reservation or by calling 440-286-9516. “It’s $5.00 a night for county residents; if you’re out of county, it’s $10.00,” said Chief Naturalist John Kolar. “But I’m a camper, and I can tell you that is an awesome deal.”

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit us online at Geauga Park District, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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