At the start of a new year, you typically hear the famous saying, “new year, new me!” It may sound cliche, but I do think the New Year makes for a great time to reflect on what changes you want to make going forward.
On Christmas Eve, I wrote the blog post, “Get Out and Get Moving after the Holiday Season.” In researching the whole New Year’s resolution phenomenon for my post, I found that about 15% of New Year’s resolutions focus on exercise and getting active.
So, if you haven’t dedicated yourself to your resolution thus far - it’s okay! We have 11 more months of 2015 to go, and Cleveland Metroparks offers countless opportunities for exercise. Did I mention that all of them are FREE? The hikes below are just a few of the many throughout the month of February, enjoy one per week! Take a look at clevelandmetroparks.com for more information on hikes and exercise opportunities.
Saturday, February 7 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation: Meet at Egbert Picnic Area located off Gorge Parkway
Looking for a workout with a stunning view? Join Naturalist Pam Taylor and trudge into the gorge of Bedford Reservation in search of seasonal waterfalls. Frozen or not, you won’t want to miss this hike! Be sure to dress appropriately and have good shoes on; it may be icy and will cover 2.5 to 3 miles of trails.
Hiking for the Young at Heart
Tuesday, February 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation: Meet at Plateau Picnic Area located off Chippewa Creek Drive west of Riverview Road in Brecksville.
Get your heart beating with a brisk hike through hills and over possible ice for 3.5 – 4 miles. While on the hike, sneak a peek at the eagle’s nest and see if there has been any activity.
Saturday, February 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation: Meet at Squire’s Castle parking lot.
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some much needed exercise and socialization. All dogs must be leashed on this 2.5 to 3 mile hike.
Cabin Fever Hike
Saturday, February 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation: Meet at Rocky River Nature Center
Tired of being cooped up? Need some fresh air? Get outdoors for brisk exercise and while enjoying the beauty of winter on a hike with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. Hikers may call the nature center beforehand to check on trail conditions. The hike will go for about 2 miles with some hills and stairs.