Cleveland February 17, 2018
11 Picturesque Trails Around Cleveland That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
Northeast Ohio may be prone to bouts of unpredictable weather, but Clevelanders don’t allow that hurdle to keep us cooped up indoors! All year long, we brave the elements to take in the beauty of the Greater Cleveland landscape. Even when winter seems most unrelenting, there are a plethora of gorgeous escapes that we can retreat to. If you’re looking to get out of the house and enjoy the best that our wintertime landscape has to offer, you must visit these 11 trails:
1. Squire’s Lane Trail at North Chagrin Reservation
This dreamy walk through wonderland is less than a mile in length and it will lead you straight to the spectacular site of Squire’s Castle. The castle, which was built in the 1890s, is truly splendid in the icier months.
2. Indian Spring Trail at Munroe Falls Metro Park
On this enchanting 2.2-mile hike, you will be treated to views of a diversity of habitats. Gaze upon the wondrous Indian Spring, make fresh footprints along forested trails, and watch for signs of wildlife as you pass wetlands, ponds, and a stream. This park doubles as an excellent sledding site if you're looking for a particularly adventurous experience!
3. All Purpose Trail at Rocky River Reservation
The entirety of the Rocky River Reservation is splendid and no part of the park is without beauty, but Berea Falls Scenic Overlook is perhaps the most breathtaking attraction here, especially in the winter. Park near the intersection of Falls Lane and Valley Parkway and follow the paved trail up to the scenic overlook.
4. Glenridge Loop at Euclid Creek Reservation
Take a scenic stroll through the woods of this gently rolling reservation. The landscape, which has been carved and shaped by waters since the Pleistocene era, will take your breath away. And, since this loop is just slightly over a mile, you'll enjoy a short and sweet hike that makes the cold feel more tolerable.
5. Upper Edgewater Park Loop at Edgewater Park
Explore the shore of Lake Erie with the scenic Cleveland skyline as a backdrop! At this park, you'll encounter one of the enchanting Cleveland script signs, so be sure to bring a camera. Oh, and if you're feeling especially adventurous, hike down toward the Marina to get a better view of the icy lighthouse.
6. The Ledges Trail at Liberty Park
As you make your way deeper into a natural wonderland, you will be treated to views of ice gardens everywhere your eye lands. This stunning walk only stretches slightly over a mile, so it's a quick and gorgeous hike to take on a pleasant winter day.
7. Blue Hen Falls Trail at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This national park is overflowing with natural splendor, and its surprises come in the form of sandstone ledges, gorgeous waterways, and an epic view of the stars at night. Park at 2001 Boston Mills Road and take the loop trail - you'll find yourself gazing at this gorgeously frigid waterfall.
8. Church Rock Trail at South Chagrin Reservation
This tiny hiking trail loop branches off of the main All Purpose Trail at this stunning park. As you walk, you'll be treated to gorgeous views of the mysterious Henry Church Rock and the lovely natural spaces that the park hides.
9. Quarry Trail at Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park
Here, the landscape is a relic of Cleveland's industrial past. Sandstone was mined from this quarry to fuel community expansions and remnants of this park's previous life can be seen all across its campus. It also houses the historic Lock 28, the deepest lock on what was the Ohio & Erie Canal.
10. Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail
The Akron, Bedford & Cleveland Railroad has been defunct since 1932, but its former course is still worth exploring. Located east of Route 91 in Munroe Falls, this trail hides gorgeous views of the river and some incredible sandstone ledges along the way. Portions of this trail use neighborhood streets, so this is certainly the most suburban hike on our list.
11. Seneca Trail at F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm
Portions of this walk may be strenuous, as the landscape is rather hilly. However, a stroll through a wintery pine forest that leads to a stunning open prairie... sign me up! This gorgeous hike is only about a mile and a half in length, so it's short enough to enjoy before the cold chases you out of the park.
Wintertime can make everything feel gray, but only if you let it. Embarking on an adventure at these parks will keep cabin fever away, but you might just catch an addiction to gorgeous wintery scenes. What park do you always hike in the wintertime? Tell us in the comments!
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