18 reservations with over 100 hiking trails, 8 lakefront parks, and endless opportunities to connect outdoors.
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Take a walk along one of the many hiking trails in Cleveland Metroparks to enjoy nature at your own pace. You can view the Henry Church Rock carvings in South Chagrin Reservation; enjoy the convenient loop trail to Buttermilk Falls in North Chagrin Reservation, explore Fort Hill on the trails behind Rocky River Nature Center in Rocky River Reservation; walk across historic bridges in Garfield Park Reservation; or take in the historic sites of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.
Cleveland Metroparks trails connect regionally to the Buckeye Trail, a trail circumnavigating Ohio for 1,444 miles. The Buckeye Trail, marked with 2” x 6” baby blue blazes on trees, makes its way into Cleveland Metroparks starting in Hinckley Reservation. From there, it follows roads to get to Brecksville Reservation where it splits in three directions at Deer Lick Cave. If you follow the trail east, it will continue into Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If you follow it north, it will take you through Bedford Reservation, South Chagrin Reservation, and North Chagrin Reservation. If you continue beyond Cleveland Metroparks, it will take you to Lake Erie.
Enjoy the challenging trails, scenic streams and sprawling forest of Bedford reservation.
Big Creek Reservation serves primarily as an urban greenway, which winds along Big Creek through the southwest suburbs of Cuyahoga County.
This swamp forest boasts hiking trails, walking paths, Bunns Lake and a monarch butterfly waystation.
Brecksville Reservation, the largest of the 18 Cleveland Metroparks reservations, offers scenic overlooks and historical landmarks.
Brookside Reservation is 132 acres of diverse wildlife refuge, recreational opportunities, and optimal picnicking areas.
Euclid Creek reservation offers shady trails and picnic areas near the creek, surrounded by steep forested hillsides and rocky cliffs.
View the county’s largest waterfall, enjoy the rich deep woodlands, green space, and vibrant songbirds of Garfield Park Reservation.
The reservation is dominated by the 90-acre Hinckley Lake, enjoyed by ice fishermen in the winter months.
Huntington Reservation provides direct access to Lake Erie and offers three miles of nature trails.
From beaches to boat ramps, fitness trails to fishing piers, Lakefront Reservation is a true gem in the “Emerald Necklace”
Marvel at the flowing streams and ride down Ohio’s tallest, fastest toboggan chutes.
Explore one of the original corridors of the Emerald Necklace at North Chagrin reservation. Scenic views of the Chagrin River await.
Explore a portion of the historic 309-mile Ohio & Erie canal. Scenic beauty and fishing opportunities await.
Long and narrow, this reservation follows the winding course of the Rocky River from Berea into Lakewood near Lake Erie.
Explore one of the most biologically diverse reservations in Cleveland Metroparks at South Chagrin reservation.
Home to a nine-hole golf course, two historic memorials and several athletic fields, this reservation has something for everyone.
West Creek is 326 acres of rocky gorges, forest-draped hillsides, floodplains and babbling brooks.
Wander through a dense maze of giant trees in this stunning example of an old growth beech-maple forest.
The Edgewater Beach House brings an enhanced beach-vibe through made-to-order beachside fare.
A wooded, 0.7 mile trail leads to the pond, stocked with channel catfish, sunfish and largemouth bass.
Bluebird Point is a viewing area along an easily accessible all purpose loop trail at the top of a 22-acre landfill.
Challenge yourself at one of 18 exercise stations along the Brecksville Physical Fitness trail.
Immerse yourself in the spectacular cascading falls surrounded by hardwoods and hemlocks.
Brookside Overlook provides a scenic bird’s-eye-view of lower Brookside Reservation’s ball fields and Big Creek as it joins Cuyahoga River.
Bunns Lake was created to provide a waterfowl habitat and provide fishing opportunities. It’s the perfect spot for nature lovers.
Experience the unique geology and scenic waterfall of North Chagrin at Buttermilk Falls Scenic Overlook.
Celebrate the return of spring and Buzzards at Hinckley Reservation every year on March 15.
Take in the beauty of the creek flowing through the gorge left behind by the glaciers that once covered this area.
This historic location provides amazing views of Cleveland.
Explore this beautiful geological site in any season. You may even see a white-tailed deer and find out how Deer Lick Cave got its name.
Soak up the sun and sand while admiring the city’s skyline. Swim, picnic, walk the dog or kick the ball around.
These stairs believed to be created by the Early Woodland Indians were restored to provide a scenic view of Rocky River.
Foster’s Run is a beautiful trail combining an old roadway and new all purpose trail. Enjoy a variety of year-round exercise opportunities.
Come enjoy the loop fitness trail with exercise stations staggered throughout.
Enjoy stunning views and visit the former saw and grist mills, as well as a viaduct that carried trains over Tinker’s Creek.
Harriet Keeler Memorial commemorates the educator and writer’s significant contributions honoring nature.
This long-term ephemeral landmark is a piece of cultural history immersed in nature by the riverside.
Hinckley Lake is 90-acres and provides a variety of opportunities for recreation on the water, including fishing, boating and swimming.
This area provides horse trailer parking and quick access to the reservation's bridle trails near Hemlock Creek.
Jackson Field is home to abundant plant and animal species that thrive in our fields, wetlands, and forests.
The largest remaining glacial wetland in Cuyahoga County, Lake Abram makes up 80 acres of unique and critical wildlife habitat.
This birding hotspot was once a “kettle lake” sculpted by glaciers during the Ice Age.
This historic interurban railway transported commuters from Cleveland to Detroit from 1893-1938.
Powered by the water of Rocky River, this gristmill provided grist milling and flour to Rocky River Valley residents.
Enjoy a scenic hike or horseback ride along Lewis Road Trail.
Enjoy the breathtaking view of Tinker’s Creek Valley as you hike along the woodland or all-purpose trails.
Meadows Trailhead provides easy access to a network of trails and a central parking area for equestrians and hikers.
Mill Creek Falls, Cuyahoga County’s tallest waterfall, is located in Cleveland. Mill Creek Falls stands at 48 feet tall. Come walk the 2-mile all...
Enjoy 18 exercise stations providing a variety of workout types.
Enjoy a variety of exercise opportunities at the 15 workout stations along North Chagrin Physical Fitness Trail.
Admire the historical mason work at Old Boating Pond Bridge and enjoy the water flow over the stone fall.
The Overlook Bridge is located at a terminus of the all-purpose trail and offers scenic views of the West Creek.
Oxbow Lane trailhead is a great starting point for a hike along the ridges that define the upper and lower areas of the park.
Perkins Beach is located at the bottom of a 60ft bluff just north of Cliff Drive. It is accessible from the stairs off of the circular Perkins...
Polo Field is an expansive lawn-managed field suitable in size and quality for playing equine polo.
Spice up your exercise routine at the various workout stations along Rocky River Physical Fitness trail.
Enjoy a diverse variety of insect life and wildflowers throughout the seasons.
Running from University Rd. to Carter Rd. this area features public fishing access, a river observation deck and fish habitat breeding areas.
Experience breathtaking views of the valley from several vantage points.
Smoky Memorial celebrates Smoky, a Yorkshire Terrier that aided troops during WWII and later became the world’s first therapy dog on record.
Built in the 1890s, Squire Castle is North Chagrin’s most popular historical site for weddings and family outings.
This 30-foot memorial celebrates the accomplishments of William Stinchcomb and Harold Groth, the first directors of Cleveland Metroparks.
Enjoy a serene day of fishing. Two fishing platforms allow you to observe aquatic wildlife.
Join Naturalist Lindsey Dukles on a hike to observe the waning of winter. We’ll look for the...
Hiking is great for your overall cardiovascular health. Join Naturalist Jenny McClain on this...
Grab your pooch and join other dog parents for a walk through the floodplain and along the ridge...
Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike while sounds of spring fill the evening air. Frogs...
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we hike around Hinckley Lake under the light of this month’s blue...
Find your way through the forest using map and compass.