Cleveland December 10, 2018
10 Low-Key Hikes Around Cleveland With Amazing Payoffs
There’s no shame in craving a short and sweet adventure. Life is busy, and sometimes we only have a few moments to steal away and enjoy a bit of quiet time. Greater Cleveland is the perfect region for such adventures, as our parks hide a number of simple hikes that will take you on a quick but incredible journey.
1. Every trail in the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve.
The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is an incredible sanctuary of 88 acres located right on the shore of Lake Erie. It consists of three trails, all of which add up to a mere 2.5 miles. As you travel along each trail - a feat that is easily conquerable in a single day - you'll pass through habitats like meadows, mudflats, wetlands, and forest. You will find yourself surrounded by a variety of birdsong and beauty on the shore of Lake Erie in this surprisingly lovely park.
2. Cherry Lane Trail (F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm)
This gorgeous park traces its history back to Goodyear Tire & Rubber. One of the group's co-founders, F.A. Seiberling, donated more than 400 acres to the Summit Metro Parks. Though pets and bikes are not permitted on the trails of this pretty park, trails like the half-mile Cherry Lane are well worth the visit.
3. North Ravine Loop (Garfield Park Reservation)
Garfield Park is one of Cleveland's oldest parks and also one of its most wondrous natural spaces. It dates back to 1894, and visitors have been delighted with the surprising urban oasis it offers ever since . You'll discover history in the form of New Deal-era projects like roads and bridges, and even a
. All in all, this park is stunning, and every Clevelander should pay it a visit.
4. Meadow Loop Trail (Munroe Falls Metro Park)
Munroe Falls Metro Park is lovely, and its Meadows Area is out-of-this-world in terms of beauty. At a mere 0.35-mile in length, this flat and simple trail is stroller-friendly and perfect for every outing.
5. Bridal Veil Falls (Bedford Reservation)
Deerlick Creek is mesmerizing in every season, and its crown jewel is a gorgeous cascading waterfall that mimics the softness of a bridal veil. It's best to park at the All Purpose Trail and loop around to the Buckeye Trail, as you could easily spend hours in this lovely park if you hop on one of its longer paths.
6. Quarry Trail (Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park)
At 1.5 miles long, this incredible trail is something of a trip through time. With views of its namesake quarry and vistas of the Cuyahoga River, this charming park is a wealth of beauty. Visitors have uncovered remnants of the Ohio & Erie Canal and cuts into quarry stones that may have been left by Akron's American Cereal Works (later Quaker Oats).
7. Squire’s Castle Loop Trail (North Chagrin Reservation)
There are only so many castles in Northeast Ohio, and one of them happens to be tucked away in the Cleveland Metroparks' North Chagrin Reservation. Beautiful and romantic, this hollowed-out structure is open to the public, and it is surrounded by an old growth forest. A stroll through this park will make you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
8. Ledges Trail (Liberty Park)
At just over a mile, this trail is a bit of a workout, but not too much of a challenge. This hike is full of splendor, and visitors will encounter Glacier Cave, a boardwalk, and a wetland all in the same breathtaking journey.
9. Wake Robin Trail Boardwalk (Mentor Marsh)
Since 1966, locals have cherished this landscape as a National Natural Landmark, and it truly has a story to tell. This collection of reed grass is gathered in what was once the Grand River, and on its boundary is a type of forest that has been largely destroyed around Lake Erie. Gorgeous, serene, and enchanting, this nature preserve is like something out of a fairy tale.
10. Hinckley Hills Trail (Hinckley Reservation)
You may think that the southernmost region of the Cleveland Metroparks is nothing special, but it is actually one of the park districts' hidden gems. Located in Hinckley Township, this gorgeous little natural space is exactly the kind of wonderland you'd expect to find in Medina County. Not only is this park beautiful, but it also hides one of the
best sledding hills in Greater Cleveland
Greater Cleveland is full of lovely landscapes, and some of them are easily accessible. What local parks would you recommend for short and sweet hiking? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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