Winter Sports

Winter Sports Center

In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and due to our modified operations during the pandemic, the Boston Mill Visitor Center is not currently renting ski equipment. We are currently renting snowshoes while there is 4 inches of packed snow on trails. We will not be renting skis or boots during the COVID-19 pandemic. For snowshoe rental, please call the Boston Mill Visitor Center for details, 440-717-3890. A ranger is available from 10am-4pm. Snowshoes are available from 10am and must be returned by 3:30pm.

Season of Operation: December - March weather permitting.

Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. snow permitting, call before.

Equipment for Rent

  • Snowshoes (available at Boston Mill Visitor Center)

  • Skis (not available during COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Adult and Child sizes are available.

Cost of Rental
  • The Winter Sports Center is now offering equipment rental for free.

Are we open?

  • Call 440-717-3890 to check if the center is open and renting equipment.

  • There must be 6 inches or more of snow for active rentals.

About the Winter Sports Center

Rentals will be picked up from Boston Mill Visitor Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. Center staff and volunteers provide visitors with updated weather forecasts, area maps, and schedules of park events.

  • Boston Mill Visitor Center, 6947 Riverview Road, Peninsula OH, 44264.

  • For your safety, the Cuyahoga Nordic Ski Patrol monitors the trails and sledding hills.

Hikers hike up a snow covered slope, as the sun shines though bare trees.
Winter Warm-Up Hike With Ranger


Over 125 miles of trails are open for hiking year round.Though many trails are especially scenic in winter, the Ledges Trail, 405 Kendall Park Road, Peninsula 44264, is among the most popular due to the dramatic icicles on the rocks. In winter it is especially important to take some precautions while hiking. Obtain trail maps before venturing into unfamiliar areas. Inform family or friends of your intended locations and estimated time of return. Do not climb on the rocks at the Ledges, and stay back from the bluff edges. Always use caution where ice and packed snow make footing hazardous. As a courtesy and for the safety of everyone, always yield to skiers and avoid walking in ski tracks.

A group of visitors snowshoe up a snow covered path.
Volunteer-led group snowshoeing up a hill.

NPS/ Ted Toth


Snowshoeing is recommended for nearly all the park trails with exception of the Ledges and Brandywine Falls trail system. Please note that the most challenging trails in the park often have stairs and drainage steps. When sharing a trail with cross-country ski traffic, yield to skiers and take care not to walk in ski tracks.
A family cross-country skiis though trail.
A group of cross-country skiers going down a trail.

NPS/ Ted Toth

Cross-Country Skiing
Cross-country ski rental, including a limited number of children's skis, are available.

Suggested areas and trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing include:

  • Bike & Hike Trail. Follows the eastern border of the park for 10 miles and many miles beyond. Straight, flat, and maintained by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. A favorite section is north from State Route 303. (Cross-country skiing)
  • Boston Run Trail, 501 Streetsboro Road, Boston Heights 44236, is 3.5 miles. Access from Happy Days north parking lot on State Route 303. Advanced intermediate route with steep terrain through mixed woodlands. (Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing)
  • Cross Country Trail, 5249 Quick Road, Peninsula 44264, is 2.5 miles and designed for cross-country skiing. Access the trail from Kendall Lake on Truxell Road or Little Meadow parking lot on Quick Road. This intermediate-to-difficult trail passes through mixed woods and old fields. It has several steep hills. (Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing)
  • Ledges Field, 405 Kendall Park Road, Peninsula 44264, is adjacent to the Ledges Shelter off Truxell Road. Large, flat open field. Excellent for beginners. (Cross-country skiing)
  • Oak Hill Trail, 3901 Oakhill Road, Peninsula 44264, is 1.5 miles. Loop trail accessed at Oak Hill Trailhead on Oak Hill Road. Easy-to-moderate trail through mixed woods and past a pond. (Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing)
  • Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, 19.7 miles, with many access points. Easy multi-purpose trail. The Hunt Farm to Peninsula section is especially scenic. (Cross-country skiing)
  • Pine Grove Trail, accessed via the Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake, Kendall Park Road, Peninsula 44264, is 3.5 miles with some drainage steps. It is moderately strenuous. (Snowshoeing)
  • Plateau Trail, is a 4.9 outer loop around the Oak Hill Plateau. It is moderately strenuous with two steep hills. (Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing)
  • Tree Farm Trail, 2075 Major Road, Peninsula 44264, is 2.75 miles. Loop trail accessed at Horseshoe Pond on Major Road. Easy-to-moderate trail through open fields, across gently rolling hills, and into coniferous tree stands. (Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing)
Horseshoe lake surrounded by snow covered pine trees.
A snow-covered frozen pond.

(c) Sylvia Banks

Ice Fishing
Large-mouth bass, crappie, and bluegill are among the fish caught in CVNP lakes and ponds. Ice thickness is not monitored for ice fishing, so be extra careful when venturing onto the ice. Thin spots can occur on the ice, causing it to become unstable. Ice fish at your own risk. Fishing guidelines follow federal and state regulations.
Sledders slide down a snow covered hill, with a bright blue sky behind.
Sledding hills filled with sleds on a winter day.

(c) Peter Grossetti

Sledding is available at Kendall Hills on Quick Road, about one mile east of Akron Peninsula Road. Parking is located at Pine Hollow (5465 Quick Road, Peninsula 44264), Crow Foot Gully Picnic Area (5365 Quick Road, Peninsula 44264), and Little Meadow (5249 Quick Road, Peninsula 44264) parking lots. Separate areas are designated for sleds and toboggans. Some areas are closed to sledding to prevent conflicts with cross-country ski trails.
Snowboarder travels down Boston Mills ski slope.
A snowboarder coming down a hill.

NPS/ Robert George

Downhill Skiing and Snow Tubing
Brandywine Ski Resort, 1146 West Highland Road, Sagamore Hills 44067, and Boston Mills Ski Resort, 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264, offer downhill skiing. Equipment rental and instruction are available. Polar Blast Tubing Park, next to Brandywine Ski Resort, offers snow tubing Friday through Sunday for those who want to enjoy the slopes without skiing or snowboarding!

For more information call (800) 875- 4241 or visit the BMBW web site.

Last updated: February 9, 2021

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Mailing Address:

15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141


(440) 717-3890

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