Leisure, Recreation and Special Events in Mantua
Throughout the year, the Village of Mantua is home to many special events, including the Mantua Potato Festival, the Soap Box Derby, Art on the Hill, Music in the Mini-Park, a summertime Farmer's Market, and more. If your organization is interested in holding a special event in Mantua, please click here to download the Village of Mantua Special Events Request Form.
With the scenic and unspoiled Upper Cuyahoga River running through its heart, the Village of Mantua is the perfect place to indulge your love of the outdoors. Kayaking, canoeing and fishing are ideal ways to enjoy this beautiful stretch of the Cuyahoga, or, if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, you can hike, bike or horseback ride along the 8-mile Headwaters Trail, which stretches from Mantua at its western end, to neighboring Garrettsville to the east. Mantua is also home to a beautiful Glacial Esker Trail, located in the southwest corner of the Village, a peaceful wooded ridge around a lake, complete with observation decks from which you can enjoy views of the water and the surrounding countryside, and perhaps even spot the bald eagles who have made their home in Mantua for the past several years.
Please scroll below the map for more detailed information about the recreational assets and facilities available in our beautiful village.
(The following has been extracted from the Village of Mantua Comprehensive Plan, 2008.)
Open Space, Parks and Recreational Facilities
The Village of Mantua has parks, hiking/biking trails, nature preserves, the Cuyahoga River and numerous lakes and green spaces that make it an ideal place for outdoor recreation. There are also baseball fields and basketball courts for organized team sports. In 1998, President Clinton named the Cuyahoga River one of fourteen American Heritage Rivers. From Geauga County, through the Village and south to State Route 14 in Streetsboro the Cuyahoga is also a state-designated Scenic River. Numerous acres of preserved open space and recreational park land surround the banks of the Cuyahoga River.
- State Nature Preserves
Marsh Wetlands State Nature Preserve and the Charles Tummonds State Nature Preserve, both along the Cuyahoga River in the Mantua Village area, are held by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Marsh Wetlands is west of Peck Road and south of the Headwaters Hike & Bike Trail. Tummonds State Nature Preserve is located south and west of the Village but is part of a continuous protected area along the Cuyahoga River that begins in the Village.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Marsh Wetlands is 153 acres of excellent habitat for waterfowl as well as numerous other wetland species of both plants and animals. It was dedicated in 1990 and is classified as an emergent marsh1. It is a part of the Mantua Swamp region, which was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1976 by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Buchert Park occupies 12.7 acres of land along the banks of the Cuyahoga River on the south side of High Street and 6 additional acres on the north side of High Street. It is the location of Mantuas famous Potato Festival. In September 2006 Mantua held its 32nd annual Potato Festival, celebrating the major agricultural crop grown in the area in the past. Delicious food made from potatoes, such as candy, doughnuts, perogies, pancakes, bread, cookies, and of course French fries, potato chips and baked potatoes are highlighted during the festival. Other activities are offered during the weekend of the celebration.
The Village of Mantua's Country Farmers' Market, the Portage County Soap Box Derby and the annual RiverScape are also held at Buchert Park. The Farmers Market, sponsored by the Mantua Rotary Club, is open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays in July, August, September and October. Shoppers can select from a wide array of locally grown produce and crafts. The Soap Box Derby is held in early summer. Contestants race down High Street past Buchert Park.
The Village recently completed the Buchert Park Trail. The trail is located along the edge of the Cuyahoga River, allowing easy access to the Headwaters Hike & Bike Trail from the Park. The Village received a Recreational Trail Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and funding assistance from the Portage County Board of Commissioners to construct the Buchert Park Trail as well as a 16 ton, 90-foot long pedestrian/bicyclist bridge, designed by CT Consultants, over the Cuyahoga River.
The Glacial Esker Trail is located behind the Water Treatment Plant near the Cuyahoga River in the southwest portion of the Village. It is an unimproved 8-foot wide trail on the top of a ridge resulting from the last glacial retreat. The trail runs between a small lake and the Cuyahoga River. It is intended to be a loop trail at some point in the future. The wellheads for the Villages Water Treatment Plant are adjacent to the trail. The Mantua Rotary Club has provided trail signage and a resting facility with benches and picnic tables near the trailhead. The crushed limestone Headwaters Hike & Bike Trail, designed for hiking, biking and horseback riding, is owned and maintained by the Portage Park District. It crosses the Village along the abandoned rail bed of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, though a portion in the center of the Village runs slightly south of the railroad avoiding several commercial areas. Approximately, two miles of the eight and one-half miles of completed trail pass through the Village and the bridge installed in 2003 allows trail users to cross the Cuyahoga River. The trail begins in Garrettsville Village and has been completed to Mennonite Road, west of Mantua Village. The section to Mennonite Road was constructed with funds obtained through a Recreational Trails Grant and the Portage County Commissioners. Plans call for an extension of the trail to the northwest along the abandoned railroad into the City of Aurora, through Geauga County and into Cuyahoga County. The trail may also be extended east from Garrettsville into Trumbull County.