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Valley Pkwy, Lakewood, OH | Directions 4410741.480014 -81.829893
Nature Center 9:30am-5pm
A West Side wonderland for the hiking set. – Overview
The reservation is a long, narrow outpost of the Cleveland Metroparks. It runs through seven West Side suburbs, its course determined by the Rocky River. Most trails fan out from the Nature Center, located at the bottom of Cedar Point Road and Valley Parkway in North Olmsted.
A good place to start is the Fort Hill Trail overlooking the valley, a moderate 1.3 miles with light climbing. The route goes past one of the park's treasures: a grouping of Native American earthworks that are evidence of early settlement. The Wildlife Management Trail is a level 1.5-mile walk through wildlife development in the park. The Mount Pleasant trail is a moderate 1.5-mile hike with a hill, but rewards climbers with the shade from a stand of giant old red and white oak trees. The West Channel Pond Trail is an easy half-mile hike through and around two beautiful wetland areas.
cleveland's "universal park" – my wife and i just came back from a trip to arizona + the grand canyon.it was awsome.it was .however.
one dimensional.the Cleveland Metroparks have so much more to offer.the combination of flora,fauna and variety of spectacular natural scenery changes with every turn.we will take vacations to other places,but always look forward to getting back to our favorite,Cleveland Metroparks,specifically the Rocky River Reservation!
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