Take a challenge this summer and explore all the hiking trails in the Cleveland area. From paved to gravel paths, Cleveland parks allow their visitors to experience nature as it was meant to be. Break away from the busy and crazy world and be calmed by the silence of nature, the rushing water of the area streams and lakes, throw a pole out and catch dinner, happen to witness the innocence of wildlife and much, much more. These Cleveland trails are fascinating in their unique ways.
Edgewater Cleveland Lakefront State Park
8701 Lakeshore Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44108
Edgewater Cleveland Lakefront State Park is exactly as it sounds, a hiking trail that is on the beautiful banks of Lake Erie. Enjoy the city skyline and relaxing beaches. This 3.5-mile loop trail is open year round, is an easy level trail that offers wonderful picnic facilities and has great fishing spots. Gather up the kids and family and prepare to spend a day enjoying being together and seeing the wonders of nature and the fun of water.
Happy Days, Ledges and Pines
W. Streetsboro St. and Truxell Road
Peninsula, OH 44264
How can you not feel happy and relaxed with a trail named Happy Days, Ledges and Pines? Wind through the sanctuary of stone, trees and moss and enter a trail of enchantment. Happy Days trail offers three trails that are approximately 4.3 looped miles that are moderate to difficult. The park is open year round and offers a beauty like none other. Enjoy secluded caves, steep stone ledges and a small pioneer cemetery that will take you to a time of the past. Enjoy bird watching, streams and a wonderful view of Cleveland.
Lake View Cemetery and Little Italy
12316 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Designed after the gardens of England and France, this spot draws hundreds to the area because of the rich history of the cemetery and the rich beauty of Little Italy. Enjoy this three-mile trail that is open year round. Even though these trails are a little untraditional, the beauty cannot be matched. Designed in 1869, the cemetery is the resting place for past President Garfield and famous people like Eliot Ness and John D. Rockefeller. Walk the lake view trail, take in a picnic and spend the day wondering why every day can’t be enjoyed the same.
Beaver Marsh Boardwalk
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44264
Beaver March Boardwalk is an amazingly wondrous heaven, but it wasn’t always like that. In the 1970s, this site was a garbage dumping ground for the city. After being an eye sour for so long, developers transformed this site in the 1980s to be a beautiful landscaping habitat and home to over 600 types of plants and animals. This 5.5-mile trail is rated on an easy scale and is open year round. Walk across the wood-planked bridge that goes over the marsh and experience the sounds of bullfrogs, crickets and cranes. Don’t miss the mysteries of this trail.
Rocky River Reservation
24000 Valley Parkway
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Rocky River trail is nestled in the heart of a wonderful town called Rocky River which focuses on water sports and summer fun. Enjoy this 13.6-mile loop into a natural wonder while hoping to see an innocent fawn following his mother through the meadow, the soft wiggle of a wild rabbit or listen to the rhythm of a woodpecker’s work. Rocky River Reservation is part of the MetroParks and offers top-notch amenities and facilities. From picnic shelters to basketball courts, Rocky River visitors have fun at their fingertips.
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