As the weather warms up and the winter rains subside, there’s nothing like a short and sweet hike to prepare you for an entire season of adventure. Fortunately for Clevelanders, the landscape of Northeast Ohio is spectacularly beautiful. The Emerald Necklace, our nickname for the Cleveland Metroparks, is overflowing with natural splendor and offers many lovely hikes. If you’re looking to start out with something short, sweet, and scenic in the Metroparks, look no further than the lovely campus of Garfield Park Reservation.

This hidden park has delighted locals since the 19th century, but it continues to be one of the lesser-known wonders in the park system. Well-traveled Clevelanders know that this park holds otherworldly beauty and it truly is the perfect place to kick off an entire season of hiking.

Have you strolled along the Cattail Trail (or other marvelous Metropark trails)? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share photos of your adventures!

For another spectacular hike, check out this beautiful gorge trail near Cleveland.

If you’re a fan of Ohio’s natural beauty, you’ll love our brand new Ohio Nature Lovers Facebook group. You can find fantastic nature photos taken all across the state, connect with other Ohioans, and share your own shots!

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