Notice: Metea County Park Nature Center will be closed from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday June 30, 2023. Restrooms will be available in the lower level of building during this closure.
Information relating to ALL Allen County Parks
- WE LOVE YOUR DOG BUT ALL DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH AND UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE PERSON WHO BROUGHT THE DOG.
- FIREWORKS OF ANY KIND ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN ANY ALLEN COUNTY PARK!
- ALCOHOL, OF ANY KIND, IS NOT PERMITTED IN ANY ALLEN COUNTY PARK! COOLERS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH AND SEIZURE.
PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT accept credit cards. Payments must be cash or check!
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8401 Union Chapel Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
Click Here for Metea County Park North Trail Map
Click here for a Google Street view of Metea County Park and its trails. Anywhere there is a blue line you can drag the Pegman to that spot and get a panoramic view of that location. For help with this feature click here
Metea County Park is a 250 acre park in northcentral Allen County near Leo Cedarville, containing the 120 acre Meno-aki State Nature Preserve. The north and south areas of the park are separated by Cedar Creek, a state designated scenic river.
The entrance to the southern portion of the park is off Union Chapel Road near its intersection with Leo Road (SR 1). The northern portion of the park can be accessed off Hursh Road between Puff and Halter Roads.
Metea County Park was named for the great Potawatomi leader whose village on the north bank of Cedar Creek near its mouth was close to the boundary of the current park. Metea’s village was called Muskwawsepeotan, which means “town on the old red wood creek”. The village, the southeasternmost Potawatomi village in Indiana, was settled sometime after 1795, when the Potawatomi tribe first moved into northeastern Indiana from the area of the St. Joseph’s River of Lake Michigan near modern South Bend. To learn more about Chief Metea click here to visit the Friends of Metea website page which has excellent information about Chief Metea.
The park offers an undisturbed tranquility that can’t be found anywhere else in this area and is one of Allen County’s greatest treasures. Hear the birds sing, listen to the crickets chirp, watch the flash of minnows in the water, all here at Metea County Park.
- Gloria Goeglein Nature Center with classrooms and conference room available for rental, education offices, gift shop, exhibits, indoor bird watching area, and restrooms
- Five miles of trails
- Campfire pits (by PERMIT ONLY)
- 1.5 acre lake with swimming beach (No lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk)
- Fishing (additional $2 per person, must possess a valid Indiana fishing license)
- Large playfield
- Reconstructed prairie
- Old fields
- Two Picnic shelters
- Cedar Creek (a state scenic river)
- The north portion of the park is undeveloped, with hiking trails through rugged and varied terrain.
Creek study at Metea County Park