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South Chagrin Reservation

The Chagrin River, designated a Scenic River in July 1979, flows through the eastern edge of South Chagrin Reservation. The forest in the reservation has many fine examples of hemlock, white oak, red oak, and shagbark hickory trees, as well as beech and sugar maples. This area is well-known for its brilliant fall colors.

The outdoor sculpture known as "Squaw Rock" in South Chagrin Reservation was carved by artist and blacksmith Henry Church in 1885. Church walked through the Chagrin River at night to sculpt this large sandstone boulder. Included in the carving is a quiver of arrows (with the four phases of the moon), a giant serpent, an eagle, a woman with a shell behind her (reminiscent of Botticelli's Venus), a dog, skeleton, and a baby in a papoose. While many have speculated the meaning of the work, it is not known what message Mr. Church actually wanted to convey through this piece. Other smaller carvings can be found on the river side of the rock, although it is uncertain whether they were carved by Henry Church.

The reservation is located in Bentleyville, Solon and Moreland Hills, and also features an Arboretum, Polo Field and many interesting trails to explore. Look About Lodge, a log cabin built in 1938 by the Cleveland Natural Science Club, offers year-round outdoor education programming for all ages.

Call to Artists: Look About Lodge Annual Art Show
Calling all artists inspired by nature! Now is the time to think about "Nature in Your Backyard"---the theme for this year's Look About Lodge November art show.
For more information, please contact
Naturalist-Artist Stefanie Verish

Recreation in South Chagrin Reservation

Biking Exercising Exploring Culture/History Fishing/Ice Fishing Hiking and Walking Horseback Riding Reservable Picnic Areas Shared-Use Picnic Areas Play Areas Sledding/Tobogganing Wildlife Viewing/Birding Visit a Nature Center