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Overnight Experiences

You have the skills, we provide the destination. Our overnight experiences feature backpacking, paddling, biking, tree climbing or a combination of skills. Designed for beginner to advanced skill levels, some are held locally in our parks and others will take you to destinations around the country.

California Redwood Tree Climbing Experience 

Tuesday, March 29 at 8 a.m. to Friday, April 1 at 10 p.m.

Fewer people have climbed an old growth redwood tree than have summited Mount Everest. Join us on this all new adventure to the west coast to spend time climbing a 180ft tall old growth coastal redwood tree, named Grandfather. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, many scenic views, inspiring and humbling forests, river views, and get a nearly 360 degree view of the Santa Cruz Mountains from the top of Grandfather. 

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.


To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700.

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Backpacking 101: Towpath Backpacking Adventure (12 Miles)

Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. to Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m.

Follow the footsteps of history and take in the fresh spring air as you backpack 12 miles over two days on the Towpath Trail along the banks of the mighty Maumee River. We’ll start at Bend View Metropark, hike 6 miles to Providence Metropark, camp overnight, then hike 6 miles back to Bend View. At camp, we’ll have the option to do some additional exploring on foot at Providence or over the bridge in Grand Rapids. Along the way, we’ll be treated to scenic river views and watch for wildlife, such as bald eagles, herons, and migrating songbirds.

Backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, stoves and cook sets available to borrow.

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700.

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Backpacking 201: Appalachian Trail Backpacking Adventure, Grayson Highlands (18 miles) - Cancelled

Wednesday, May 25 at 7 a.m. to Saturday, May 28 at 10 p.m. 

Put your boots on America’s most famous scenic trail! This trek will take you to new heights in the Grayson Highlands where we will spend three nights on or near the Appalachian Trail and climb Mt. Rogers—Virginia’s highest peak. There are stunning views from the treeless balds and if we are lucky, we may catch a glimpse of the local herd of wild ponies.

Backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, pads, stove and cook sets available to borrow.

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

This program has been cancelled (4/26/2022)

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Granger Island Canoe Camping (17 River Miles)

Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. to Sunday, June 12 at 5 p.m. 

Treat yourself to a weekend staycation on our very own Maumee River Water Trail. Enjoy two days of scenic paddling filled with birds and wildlife. At night enjoy tent camping on our own private island, with access to the rustic Granger Island cabin. Let Metroparks staff worry about the gear and food while you focus on making memories that will last a lifetime.

All you need to bring are your personal items. We’ll provide everything else.

What’s Included?

  • Two days of paddling on the Maumee River with a naturalist paddling guide.
  • One two-person tent per reservation with two sleeping bags and sleeping pads.
  • Private access to the Granger Island and the cabin as a common area.
  • A hot breakfast cooked in camp for Sunday morning, including coffee and tea.
  • A cold trail lunch and snacks for both paddling days.
  • A hot dinner cooked in camp Saturday evening.
  • And much more!

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700.

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Oak Openings Hike and Camp-In (9 Miles)

Saturday, July 9 at 9 a.m. through Sunday, July 10 at 10 a.m.  

Lace up your hiking boots for a fun-filled adventure in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark! Hike through rare and beautiful Oak Openings habitats to see awesome plant life and wildlife along the way. We will stop at Evergreen Lake for a little break and trail lunch, then continue on. After a satisfying day of hiking we will settle into our “campsite” inside Oak Openings Lodge for a campfire cooked dinner and a relaxing evening. In the morning, a light breakfast and coffee will be provided. 

What’s Included?

  • Guided hiking experience with a naturalist
  • Campfire cooked dinner
    • Warm rolls with garlic butter
    • Chicken and veggie foil packets
    • Dutch oven dessert
  • Exclusive overnight access to the air conditioned Oak Openings Lodge
  • Continental breakfast Sunday morning, including coffee and tea
  • Unforgettable Metroparks memories

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700. Reservation open April 1, 2022.

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Pictured Rocks Kayak & Hike Adventure
(11 Water Miles, 13 Trail Miles)

Wednesday, August 17 at 7 a.m. to Saturday, August 20 at 6 p.m. 

Let your love of kayaking take you on an exploration through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Known for the multicolored Pictured Rock Cliffs, this adventure will allow you to explore the landscape from the water and from the land. You will experience scenic views, interesting rock features, lake views, and over nine popular waterfalls! This adventure will give you the perfect experience of paddling and hiking you’ve been looking for.

Tents, sleeping bags, pads, stove and cook sets available to borrow.

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700. Reservations open April 1, 2022.

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Backpacking 101: Family Friendly Moseley Trail
Backpacking (6 Miles) & Canoeing Overnight

Saturday, August 27 at 10 a.m. to Sunday August 28 at 11 a.m. 

Backpack your way through dynamic habitats of Secor Metropark, connect to the Moseley Trail and spend the night camping at the serene Wiregrass Lake. This is the perfect backpacking experience for young explorers and families. Top off your evening with a magical canoeing experience on Wiregrass Lake.

Adult backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, pads, stove and cook sets are available to borrow. Metroparks staff can assist families with heavy items to be transported via Metroparks vehicle.

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700. Reservations open April 1, 2022.

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Maumee River Cabin Glamping:
Pizza 
Party and Sunset Bike Ride

Saturday, September 3 at 3 p.m. to Sunday, September 4 at 12 p.m.

Celebrate the end of summer with a unique Labor Day Weekend staycation on the Maumee River. Spend the night camping in the trees and enjoying the view of the river from the new Otsego Road elevated cabin. Unwind in a hammock or relax by the fire with pizza and a campfire dessert, then explore the river with a naturalist-guided sunset bike ride along the towpath trail.

All you need to bring are your personal items. We will bring everything else.

What’s Included?

  • Sunset bike ride with a naturalist guide on the towpath along the Maumee River- bring your own bike or bikes available
  • Pizza delivery, campfire dessert and light breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the new Otsego Road elevated cabin.
  • All associated glamping gear: sleeping bags, sleep pads, camp cots, hammocks, furniture etc.
  • And much more!

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700. Reservations open April 1, 2022.

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Whitewater Rafting and Appalachian Trail Backpacking Experience 
(9 River Miles, 16 Trail Miles)

Thursday, September 8 at 7 a.m. to Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m.

Explore the mountains and rivers of western North Carolina on this amazing adventure. Spend your first day whitewater rafting on the French Broad River. If that didn’t scratch your adventure itch, we will then spend two days on the Appalachian Trail along an incredibly scenic section of trail overlooking the French Broad River valley and cover 16 miles of trail. Enjoy scenic views, interesting rock features, river views, and get a 360 degree view from the Rich Mountain lookout tower. This adventure will give you the perfect experience of paddling and backpacking you’ve been looking for.

Backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, pads, stove and cook sets available to borrow.

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

This program has been cancelled as of 08/08/2022.

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Backpacking 101: Oak Openings Scout Trail
Backpacking Adventure 
(15 Miles)

Saturday, October 15 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, October 16 at 4 p.m.

Escape into nature for an overnight retreat and explore the incredible variety of habitats protected within Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. View forests, savannas, and prairies in their autumn splendor as you backpack 15 miles over two days on the Scout Trail. At night, learn the tips and tricks for tent or hammock camping on the trail.

Backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, hammocks, hammock rain flies, sleeping bags, stoves and cook sets available to borrow.

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700. Reservations open July 1, 2022.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Bike and Train Experience

Saturday, October 22 at 8 a.m. to Sunday, October 23 at 5 p.m.

Be dazzled by fall colors, waterfalls and geologic features on this hike and bike adventure!

We will spend our first day in Cuyahoga Valley National Park hiking to hit some highlights on the trails, including the Ledges and Brandywine falls. After a fun filled day of beautiful views we will settle into our campsite at Woodside Lake Park for the night. On Sunday we will ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad southbound and then bike northbound along 27 miles of the historic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

All you need to bring are your personal items. We will provide everything else.

What’s Included?

  • Two days of adventure in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
    • One day of biking and train ride.
    • One day of hiking and sight-seeing.
  • One bike rental and one train ticket per guest.
  • One tent per reservation with sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
  • A hot breakfast cooked in camp for Sunday morning, including coffee and tea.
  • A cold trail lunch and snacks for both days.
  • A hot dinner cooked in camp Saturday evening.
  • And much more!

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.

To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700. Reservations open July 1, 2022.

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National Camping Day: Oak Openings
Hike and Camp-In (9 Miles)

Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m. to Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m.

Celebrate National Camping Day and lace up your hiking boots for a fun-filled adventure in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark! Hike through rare and beautiful Oak Openings habitats on a crisp fall day. We will stop at Evergreen Lake for a little break and trail lunch, then continue on. After a satisfying day of hiking we will settle into our “campsite” inside the cozy Oak Openings Lodge for a campfire cooked dinner and a relaxing evening. In the morning, a light breakfast and coffee will be provided.

What's Included?

  • Guided hiking experience with a naturalist
  • Campfire cooked dinner
    • Warm rolls with garlic butter
    • Chicken and veggie foil packets
    • Dutch oven dessert
  • Exclusive overnight access to the heated Oak Openings Lodge
  • Continental breakfast Sunday morning, including coffee and tea
  • Unforgettable Metroparks memories

For additional details including itinerary and suggested packing list, click here.


To register for this trip, click here or call (419) 407-9700. Reservations open July 1, 2022.

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