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*** FRENCH CREEK RESERVATION 428 acres, with 4 1/2 miles of hiking trails through woodlands and along streams & cliffs. Nature center offers wildlife observation area, special events and gift shop. Colorado Ave. (SR 611, west of SR 301), Sheffield Village, .

*** BLACK RIVER RESERVATION 833 acres, 3.5 mile long Bridgeway Trail winds along the Black River. Two entrances: Ford Rd., Elyria and 31st St. & Norfolk Ave., Lorain, .

*** CALEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE WOODS Hiking trails, 8 acre lake for watching waterfowl and upland marsh. All are managed as a wildlife refuge. West Rd. (south of SR 303), Pittsfield Twp., .

*** CARLISLE RESERVATION Over 1,500 acres of flood plains, upland meadows, mature forests and wetland area. Visitor center offers wildlife observation area, administrative offices & new children's play/discovery room. Also, over 8 miles of maintained hiking trails, duck pond picnic area, Equestrian Center & Forest Hills Golf Course, 323-2632. 12882 Diagonal Rd. (south of SR 10, east of SR 301), LaGrange, .

*** CHARLEMONT RESERVATION Undeveloped park open for hunting during rabbit & pheasant season and the site of an active natural resource management plan. New London-Eastern Rd. (between SR 511 & SR 58), Wellington, .

*** INDIAN HOLLOW RESERVATION Hiking trails run along the east branch of the Black River, with picnic areas and open play fields. Parsons Rd. (east of SR 57), Grafton, .

*** VERMILION RIVER RESERVATION 900 acre park along the Vermilion River. Includes Mill Hollow House, Carriage Barn, amphitheater, walking center, sledding hill, and special events. (See also Historic Places), Vermilion Rd. (south of I-90), Brownhelm Twp., .

*** SCHOEPFLE GARDENS 74 acre preserve of natural woodlands, horticultural gardens, ponds and river valley. Market St. (off SR 113), Birmingham. Garden tours avail., 965-7237.

Campgrounds:

*** FINDLEY STATE PARK 275 camping sites, rent-a-camp available, RV & tent camping, (see also Parks section) open year round, 25381 SR 58 (2 1/2 miles south of SR 18), Wellington, 647-4490.

*** RUSTIC LAKES CAMPGROUND 250 sites, city water, electric & sewer, heated swimming pool, fishing and planned activities, May 1- Oct. 15. 44901 New London-Eastern Rd. (from Wellington SR 58 S, turn left on New London Eastern Rd., 1 mile on right side), Wellington, 647-3804.

4-10-03: Ohio 200: A Celebration of Lorain County's History

3-9-03: Northern Wilderness

7-17-02: Burrell House Museum opens on August 3, 2002

2-20-02: Safari -- An African Adventure

1-18-01: Mammoth exhibit puts visitors into Ice Age

1-20-00 Okefenokee Swamp Exhibit

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