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The Big Campout at Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Summer is here which means it's time for the Big Campout! The sixth annual Big Campout will take place at Lake Metropark's Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Kirtland on June 28th and 29th. Arrive at noon on Saturday, June 28th and spend the day enjoying all that Penitentiary Glen Reservation has to offer. You can go for a hike, visit the Nature Center, go fishing, watch a live animal show and so much more. When night time rolls around, campers can sit by the campfire, tell stories, sing songs, make s'mores and star watch. Night hikes will also take place for those who are interested. In the morning, enjoy a continental breakfast and coffee outside with the other campers and take part in some more activities until the campout comes to an end at noon.

“The Big Campout is an opportunity for families to make lasting memories, perhaps on their first camping adventure, close to home,” tells Pat Morse, Lake Metroparks Interpretive Manager. “They are invited to enjoy some or all of the planned hikes and other activities.” Penitentiary Glen Reservation is a beautiful reservation that features 424 acres of forest, fields, wetlands, and over 8.5 miles of hiking trails. Year round, the Reservation takes advantage of the different seasons in Northeast, Ohio and hosts special events and activities. It's also home to the Nature Center, Wildlife Center and the Nature Store gift shop.

Pre-registration is required for the Big Campout and a $25 fee per campsite applies. You can pre-register online here or by calling 440.358.7275 Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located at 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd in Kirtland. For more information, call 440.256.1404 or visit

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