Punderson State Park

Geauga County, Ohio

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There are not a lot of tall mountains in Ohio, so no one’s going to confuse it with Vail. But Punderson is considered to be Ohio’s premier winter park, with two cross-country ski trails, a lighted sledding hill, a mushers trail for dog sledders and three snowmobile trails. There are a couple of things to recommend this park in the warmer months, too. One is its golf course, which features 18 holes stretched over 6,800 yards. There are some especially long par 3 and 5 holes on the backside. Hole number 8 is the course’s signature challenge, with a narrow and wooded downhill fairway and dogleg over a pond to the green. Another attraction is Punderson’s natural features. It’s got three lakes—Punderson Lake at 150 acres is the largest—that offer opportunities to fish and boat. There are also seven hiking trails and a multi-use trail. None are especially long, nor do they cover especially difficult terrain. But you can spend time looking for shorebirds, mammals like white-tailed deer and wildflowers like buttercup and wild geranium, then head to nearby Tinker’s Creek and Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Parks. Neither offer camping, but Tinker’s Run has a nature reserve worth exploring and Nelson-Kennedy has some cliffs to visit.

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"There are not a lot of tall mountains in Ohio, so no one’s going to confuse it with Vail. But Punderson is considered to be Ohio’s premier winter park, with two cross-country ski trails, a lighted sledding hill, a mushers trail for dog sledders and three snowmobile trails. There are a couple of things to recommend this park in the warmer months, too. One is its golf course, which features 18 holes stretched over 6,800 yards. There are some especially long par 3 and 5 holes on the backside. Hole number 8 is the course’s signature challenge, with a narrow and wooded downhill fairway and dogleg over a pond to the green. Another attraction is Punderson’s natural features. It’s got three lakes—Punderson Lake at 150 acres is the largest—that offer opportunities to fish and boat. There are also seven hiking trails and a multi-use trail. None are especially long, nor do they cover especially difficult terrain. But you can spend time looking for shorebirds, mammals like white-tailed deer and wildflowers like buttercup and wild geranium, then head to nearby Tinker’s Creek and Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Parks. Neither offer camping, but Tinker’s Run has a nature reserve worth exploring and Nelson-Kennedy has some cliffs to visit."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Geauga County
Season: May–December
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Punderson State Park

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