ENJOY OHIO’S MAPLE SEASON AND EVENTS

Each year in February the Ohio maple industry begins the process of tapping area maple trees for their sap. Tapping a tree consists of drilling a small hole in the trunk of a sugar maple and inserting a spout. Then attaching a bucket or plastic tubing to the spout where the sap is collected.

The weather plays a big part in the type of maple harvest there will be. Cold freezing nights and warm sunny days help the sap in the trees to thaw. As sap pressure builds up in the tree the sap finds its way out. By tapping the tree, the sap has an outlet. The sap is then boiled to remove the excess water. It takes approximately 40 to 50 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup. Depending on the weather, the maple sugaring season lasts from mid-February through the first part of April.

This year why not experience Ohio’s maple season. Spend a day watching the smoke rise from the sugar houses, sample various products made from maple sugar, and eat pancakes smothered in 100% PURE OHIO MAPLE golden goodness.

Below is just a sampling of some of the maple syrup events happening around Ohio.

 

Sugarbush Maple Tour - photo credit: D. Rock

Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour

Dates: March 5-6 & 12-13, 2022
Time:  10 am – 5 pm

The drive-it-yourself tour features sugarhouses across NE Ohio. Each sugarhouse and operation is unique to the maple producer.

See maple syrup being made throughout Ohio. Nearly 40 sugar houses will open their doors and have demonstrations, stuff to do & samples. Come taste the delicious taste of spring in any number of sugar houses an meet the sugar makers. With unique offerings at each stop, you can’t go wrong.

Make sure you dress for the weather. Boots and outerwear a must!

TO LEARN MORE – click here. 


Maple Producers of NE Ohio

“HOW SWEET IT IS” Driving Tour
Dates: March 5-6 & 12-13, 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: across Ohio
Admission: Free

Join us in March of 2022 for the drive it yourself sugarbush tour of NE Ohio! Meet the producers, See the process, Learn about Sugarmaking and Taste the products! Click on the producer link below to find out more about their operation and directions! Fun for the whole family!
Open 10-5

For map and additional details CLICK HERE.

 

More Maple and Pancake Events

ASHLAND COUNTY

Cooke Family Wildlife Conservation Park – Ashland County Park District
Dates: March 6, 2022
Time: 11am-4:30pm
Location:  Cooke Family Wildlife Conservation Park
4774 State Route 13, Shiloh, OH 44878
ashlandcountyparks.com

Come out to Cooke Park to learn the process of maple sugaring including how to identify a maple tree and tapping the tree. A demonstration will be given every 30 minutes by wagon ride or hike. Warm up in the lodge and enjoy all you can eat pancakes with fresh local maple syrup, free syrup sampling, and free sample jars for the first 50 people. Donations appreciated and syrup and maple products will also be available for purchase. Ample space available for social distancing and regular sanitizing.

Fitch Pharm Farm Maple Days
Dates: March 5-6, 12-13, 2022
Time: 10am-5pm (Sat) 1pm-5pm (Sun)
Location: 1591 Township Rd 1353, Ashland, OH 44805
800.956.2753
website | Facebook event page


ASHTABULA COUNTY

Bissell Maple Syrup Jefferson OH

Bissell Maple Farm
Date: March 5 & 12, 2022 (Maple Producer’s Tour)
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: 82 West Ashtabula Street, Jefferson, OH 44047
440-563-3263 | website

“Please come by and enjoy a free pancake breakfast, live music, and tours!”

Their Maple Syrup Gourmet Buorbon Barrel makes for a wonderful gift. 

Local Visitor Bureau 

 

 

 


CUYAHOGA COUNTY

History of Maple Sugaring 
Dates:  March 5-6, 12-13, 2022
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Maple Grove Sugar Bush
Maple Grove Picnic Area is located off Valley Parkway in Rocky River Reservation, between Cedar Point Road and Spafford Road in Brook Park, south of Rocky River Nature Center., North Olmsted, OH 44070
website

Visit Maple Grove picnic area and experience the process of gathering sap to make maple syrup. Enjoy a self-guided hike through the sugarbush, demonstrations of historical syrup making processes, visit the sugarhouse and sample our delicious maple syrup. Our Cleveland Metroparks food truck will be serving maple-inspired menu items or purchase from 11 a.m.– 3 pm. Locally made maple candy will be for sale 3/$1.00 (Cash Only) while supplies last.

The Olmsted Historical Society Pancake Breakfasts 
Dates: April 3 & 10, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 1:00 pm
Location: Events Barn at the Frostville Museum, 24101 Cedar Point Rd. Located at the corner of Lewis and Cedar Point Rd. in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation.
or visit the website www.olmstedhistoricalsociety. org.

 






GEAUGA COUNTY

Century Village Museum Century Village Museum
Dates: March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2022
Times: 9 am – 2pm
Location: Geauga Historical Society
14653 East Park St., Burton, OH 44021
440.834.1492 | centuryvillagemuseum.org

A delicious pancake breakfast here on the grounds of Century Village Museum. Drive thru $8.00/person and Sit- down in the Bond building with all you can eat – $10.00 /person Children 4-12 yrs $5.00 and Under 4 yrs old-free. Enjoy our famous Geauga County maple syrup– We will also have various container sizes of our syrup for sale for you to purchase !!

Pancake Breakfast – Berkshire Athletic Boosters
Dates: March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022
Times: 8am – 1 pm
Location: Berkshire High School
14510 North Cheshire St., Burton, OH 44021

All you can Eat Pancakes, scrambled eggs and Sausage

Pancakes and Sausage Breakfast
Dates: March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: Burton Fire Station, Burton, OH
440.834.4416

Sap's a Risen Geauga County ParkSAP’S-a-RISIN’!
Date: March 6, 13, 20, 2022
Location: Geauga Park District – Swine Creek Reservation
16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield Township, OH
(440) 286-9516 | Toll Free (800) 536-4006
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house and sugarbush for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods! Help gather sap in the sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled; experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history; see sap boiling in the sugar house; and try a taste of pure maple syrup.
Fun for the whole family — and entirely free!

Ma and Pa’s Sugar Shack
Dates: March 5 & 12, 2022
Time: 11am – 2pm
Location: 15161 Main Market Rd. (St Rte 422) Burton (Troy Township, OH 44021
maandpas.com

PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE for COVID restrictions and reservations.

The Geauga County Maple Festival 

Date:  April 21-24, 2022 
Location:  Historic Chardon Square, Chardon, OH
The Geauga County Maple Festival, the oldest maple festival in the United States, celebrates the production of pure maple syrup in Geauga County and Northeast Ohio. Join us for four days of fun, food and ‘everything maple’. Events include Arts & Crafts, Bathtub Races, Concessions, Continuous Grandstand Entertainment, Golden Old Timers Luncheon, Historical Display, Invitational Lumberjack Competition, Pancakes in the Park, two Grand Parades. 440-286-3007


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#MyOhioFun road trip: 

Burton, Ohio is Geauga County’s oldest and first official settlement.  Located on the square is the Burton Log Cabin Sugar Camp.  Here they make and sell some of the best pure Ohio maple syrup.

“In 1931, during the throes of the Great Depression a group of dedicated members of the Burton Chamber of Commerce had an idea to combat the difficult economic times.  The idea was to construct a log cabin in the park in Burton for the purposes of making and selling maple syrup.”  – excerpt from Burton Chamber of Commerce.

 Another one of my favorite stops in Burton is Quintealia’s Tea Parlor.     Read more here.

For an extra “Maple” treat, stop by Maggies Donut Shop in Middlefield, Ohio and try one of their Maple Bacon donuts. Address:  15963 E. High Street, Middlefield, OH  44062 

Local Visitor Bureau

 

 

 


GREENE COUNTY

SUGAR MAPLE FESTIVAL
Dates: April 22-24, 2022
Time: Fri 5-10pm | Sat 10-10pm | Sun Noon – 5pm
Location: Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio
website


LAKE COUNTY

 

Maple Sugar Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Dates: March 5-6, 12-13, 2022
Times: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, OH 44094
Farmpark admission applies
lakemetroparks.com
Visitors take a wagon ride to the Woodland Center to witness the maple production process as sap is collected from our network of tubing and 1,000 taps! After collection, watch as the sap is boiled and turned into maple syrup and candy. Discover how trees are tapped and see the tubing that connects the taps. Sample maple syrup, help gather sap and learn how to make maple syrup in your own backyard! Farmpark’s own maple syrup and candy will be for sale.

CROSS BROTHERS’ MAPLE*
Address: 1330 North County Line Road, Geneva, Ohio 44041
Directions to Sugarbush: 2.5 miles north of Rt. 20 on County Line Road, just south of Cashen Road on the west side of the street.
440-413-3949
Facebook: Cross Brothers’ Maple
We are a family run sugarhouse with 600 taps on vacuum tubing and baskets. We will be offering maple syrup samples and maple products for sale. There is a short walk required to sugarhouse.


MAHONING COUNTY

39th Annual Boardman Rotary Pancake Breakfast 
Dates:  March 19-20 and 26-27, 2022
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location: Boardman Township Park
375 Boardman Poland Rd, Boardman, OH 44512
Drive-thru and pick-up orders only.

Local Visitor Bureau

 

 

 

 


MEDINA COUNTY

ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Date: February breakfast has been postponed.
Location: Lafayette Township Fire Department
6367 Technology Lane, Medina, OH
Facebook page. 

CHATHAM TOWNSHIP FIREMAN’S ASSOCIATION PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Dates: March, 2022 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Chatham VFW Hall, 6299 Avon Lake Road, Chatham, Ohio
Facebook page.

Local Visitor Bureau

 

 


PORTAGE COUNTY

Cash Farms Maple Syrup

Kent Lions Club Pancake Festival 
Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022
Time: 8am – 1pm
Location: Stanton Middle School Cafeteria
Adults: $8 | Children 10 & under: $5
(Dine-in or pick-up)

Bring your old eye-glasses & hearing aids.

Cash Farms Pure Maple Syrup
Dates: Open every Friday and Saturday starting February 12th through March 19th, 2022
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: 7057 Virginia Road, Atwater, OH 44201
Facebook page. 

Goodell Family Farm – Pancake Breakfast
Dates: No breakfast 2022 – Sugarhouse will be on Maple Tour. 
Location: Shalersville Township
9090 OH 44, Ravenna, OH 44266 (corner of OH 44 and OH 303)
website

Local Visitor Bureau

Central Portage County VCB

 

 

 

 


RICHLAND COUNTY

Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm State Park
Dates: March 5-6, 12-13, 2022
Times:  Noon – 4pm
Location: 4050 Bromfield Rd, Lucas, OH 44843
ODNR,org

This free festival is a great way to take a step back in time and enjoy learning about the history of Ohio syrup making. Experience Sugar Camp with live historical demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, food, and maple products for sale.


SUMMIT COUNTY

Hale Farm & Village

 

 

Hale Farm and Village
Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast
DATES: March 12-13, 19-20, 2022
TIME: 10am-4pm (Breakfast served till 3pm)
LOCATION: Hale Farm & Village
2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, OH 44264
website

Explore the sweet side of history and experience how maple sap processing changed through the 19th century on our historic grounds. Guests are encouraged to explore the natural beauty of the Hale Farm maple sugar bush with outdoor demonstrations including tree tapping and a pioneer-style sugar camp. Our partners at Trail Light Farms will be onsite with draft horse demonstrations, and historic sites will be open to explore maple sugar and syrup history, along with ongoing historic crafts and trades demonstrations.
Masks are required indoors.


WAYNE COUNTY

Elm Run Farms 4th Annual Farm Tour
Date: March 12, 2022
Time: 10 am – 4pm
Location: 16808 Burkhardt Road, Orrville, OH 44667
Facebook page.

“Visit our farm to watch and learn about the sugaring process, take a hayride to the maple woods, and taste our food (donations accepted). We have 300+ trees and a wood-fired evaporator. There will be kids’ activities, hot drinks, and maple syrup samples.”

Local Visitor Bureau

 

 

 

 


Article and photos, unless noted by: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com

Diane Rock is the owner and editor of MyOhioFun.com, NorthernOhioTourism.com and the Tea Cup Rescue Society. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel.  She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers.

Editor’s note:  Part of this story ran in 2021.  The dates and additional events have been updated for the 2022 season. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.

***Disclosure:  My Ohio Fun receives compensation from advertising banners.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


 

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