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Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Penitentiary Glen Reservation features 424 acres of forest, fields, wetlands, and 8.5 miles of hiking trails. The park is named for the deep gorge that divides it, which is easy to get into and difficult to get out of. Naturalists lead exciting programs year-round including nature-inspired festivals, programs, and classes. Picnic at the sheltered pavilion and listen to the sounds of nature.

Penitentiary Glen Reservation has been designated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife as a "Watchable Wildlife" site.

Discover native Ohio wildlife at the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center.

Park Amenities: Accessible facilities, picnic area with grills, All People's Trail, drinking water, restrooms, hiking trails, cross-country skiing, Nature Center, Wildlife Center, The Nature Store gift shop, and a bridle trail.

Directions: Take I-90 to Rt. 306 south for about one mile. Turn left onto Rt. 615. Turn right (east) onto Kirtland-Chardon Road and continue for two miles. Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located on the right (south) side of the road.

Shelter Rental: Lake Metroparks Registration Department, 440-358-7275.


Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd

Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (440) 256-1404
Fax: (440) 256-3827

E-mail Address(es)


Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Special Hours: Visitors Center and Nature Center Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closes at 3:00 pm Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Park is open 6 am to 11 pm year-round.


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Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Penitentiary Glen Reservation is home to the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center. Each year, nearly 2,000 injured or orphaned animals receive first aid and rehabilitation at the Wildlife Center.

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