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Clayton Park: Snow fun

Clayton Park is "snow much" fun in winter.
Clayton Park is "snow much" fun in winter.Images by Kathy Martin (www.kathyamartin.com)

Children of all ages think snow in winter and Clayton Park in Delaware County is the place for playing in the snow. While it is the largest of the Delaware County parks, it is the landscape, or better said, land slopes that make Clayton Park a favorite when it snows. The woodlands, trails and playing fields provide plenty of space to romp and the hills are plentiful and steep for some of the best sledding around.

Recreation for all seasons

Clayton Park sits on 170 acres which includes a nine-hole golf course on the same rolling hills that makes it so well suited to sledding. In warmer seasons, these same manicured fairways offer golfers an expensive place to play. There are also six playing fields enjoyed by baseball and soccer leagues and eleven shaded picnic areas under huge beech and maple trees to enjoy spring through fall. But in winter, Clayton Park remains one of the best for walking, hiking and enjoying nature along its streams and woodlands, and, winter recreation perfectly suited to its variety of hills and fields. Consider it the place for your winter fun such as cross-country skiing, tobogganing and sledding.

The facilities and pavilion are not open during the winter, but Clayton Park provides ample parking and easy access to winding nature trails, sledding hills with just the right slant, and fresh-aired fun for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Well known by locals since it first originated in 1957, at that time at just a third of its size. Mrs. Nelson Clayton donated a portion of farmland to the county in this year, and since then the county continued to acquire adjacent land to bring the park to its current vast space.

Clayton Park is open from dawn to dusk and located in Bethel Township off Garnet Mine Road. The Golf Course, while connected, is located in Concord Township with an entrance of Route 322, Conchester Highway. With plenty of parking space available, the best suggestion is to coordinate a few car loads of friends with lots of extra warm clothing and such to enjoy this park to its fullest in winter.