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Bedford Reservation

Located in Bedford, Bedford Heights, Oakwood, Valley View and Walton Hills, Bedford Reservation gives the appearance of a continuous forest of large trees and challenging terrain, which helped discouraged early logging operations.

The reservation offers trails and picnic areas, and includes Shawnee Hills Golf Course as one of its attractions. Flowing through Bedford Reservation is Tinker’s Creek, named for a member of Moses Cleaveland's surveying party. The stream drops a dramatic 220 feet over a course of two miles and has cut a steep, walled gorge. The gorge, declared a National Natural Landmark, is a unique area with numerous tree, shrub and flower species.

Tinker’s Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook on Gorge Parkway offers a spectacular vista particularly in the fall.

Recreation in Bedford Reservation

Biking Cross-Country Skiing Exercising Exploring Nature/Geology Hiking and Walking Horseback Riding Reservable Picnic Areas Shared-Use Picnic Areas Play Areas Snowshoeing Wildlife Viewing/Birding Golf
/Uploads/Public/Images/Activities/Images/bedford-reservation-cleveland-metroparks-waterfall.jpg Tinker's Creek runs through Bedford Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks.
/Uploads/Public/Images/Activities/Images/bedford-reservatino-scenic-overlook-cleveland-metroparks.jpg Scenic view of early-morning mist covering the gorge at Bedford Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks.
/Uploads/Public/Images/Activities/Images/bedford-reservation-cleveland-metroparks-fall-leaves-viewing.jpg Bedford Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks is known for its fall color.
/Uploads/Public/Images/Activities/Images/bedford-reservation-blue-heron-cleveland-metroparks.jpg Wildlife, like this great blue heron, are common visitors to Bedford Reservation.
/Uploads/Public/Images/Activities/Images/bedford-reservation-horeseback-riding-cleveland-metroparks.jpg Bridal trails are picturesque and easily accessible at Bedford Reservation.
Dr. Wildweed, played by Foster Brown, our Historical Interpreter, explains native plants found in Bedford Reservation.