2014 Walking Works Hikes
Rating: (1) = Easy (2) = Moderate (3) = Strenuous
All Purpose Trail 1.8 mile (1)
Take I-271 to Brainard/Cedar exit. Follow signs for Cedar Road West/Beachwood. Acacia Reservation is on the right at the traffic light across from Beachwood Mall. See signs of wildlife taking over previously manicured fairways on this reclaimed golf course.
Hemlock Loop Trail 1 mile (1)
Take I-271 to Broadway/Forbes exit. Go north on Broadway to Union Street, veer left onto Union Street. Turn left on Egbert then turn right on Gorge Parkway. Turn right on Dunham, go over bridge onto Button Road to Hemlock Creek Picnic Area. Start at Hemlock Creek Picnic Area then walk along scenic Tinker’s Creek to enjoy views of hemlocks balancing over the rising shale cliffs that line the creek. Try to catch a glimpse of the resident great blue heron fishing in the waters.
Big Creek Reservation
Beyer’s Pond Loop Trail 0.7 miles (1)
Take I-71 to Rt. 42 (Pearl Rd.), turn right on Whitney, turn right on Big Creek Parkway, then left on Main Street. This easy level, woodchip trail circles Beyer’s Pond which attracts abundant wildlife such as ducks, geese, frogs and dragonflies. Easy place to take side trips and add steps to your walk.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Bunns Lake Loop Trail 0.5 miles (1)
Take I-480 to Stearns Road. Turn north on Stearns Road to Lorain Road. Turn left on Lorain Road, then right on Barton Road to Bradley Road. Turn right on Bradley Road. Start at the Bradley Woods Reservation parking lot. The level trail around Bunns Lake provides many opportunities to see waterfowl and frogs.
Hemlock Loop Trail 2.5 miles (3)
Take I-77 to Rt. 82 east. Turn right on Chippewa Creek Dr. Start at Brecksville Nature Center and follow the Hemlock Loop Trail signs. A great place to see early fall color as you walk along Chippewa Creek Gorge. This wooded walk has several big hills and stairs.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Squirrel Run Trail 2.4 miles (2)
Take I-90 to East 185th Street. Turn left on East 185th Street and cross Euclid Avenue. Turn right on Euclid Creek Parkway. Start at Welsh Woods Picnic Area and head north to Highland Road, then return to Welsh Woods Picnic Area. This rolling trail threads through hardwood forest.
Garfield Park Reservation
Iron Springs Loop Trail 1.2 miles (1)
Take I-480 to Broadway Ave. Turn right. Turn left on Garfield Park Boulevard, then an immediate left onto Mill Creek Lane. Start at Garfield Park Nature Center. Cross Mill Creek Lane to the All Purpose Trail (APT). Go left on the APT and follow signs to Iron Springs Loop Trail. This main trail through the center of Garfield Park Reservation follows portions of the old trolley route.
Hinckley Lake Loop Trail 3.4 miles (2)
Take I-71 to Rt. 303. Go east on Rt. 303 to Rt. 606 (Hinckley Hills Rd.) and turn right on Rt. 606 to Bellus Rd. Turn left at Bellus Rd. then turn right on West Dr. Start at Hinckley Lake Boathouse off West Drive. This trail provides many opportunities for viewing wading birds and waterfowl as it winds around Hinckley Lake.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
South Quarry Loop Trail 1.1 miles (1)
Take I-71 to Bagley Road. Go west on Bagley to Valley Parkway. Turn left on Valley Parkway. Start at South Quarry Trailhead. This flat trail winds along the floodplain of Rocky River’s East Branch and past remnants of an inter-urban streetcar line.
North Chagrin Reservation
White Pine Loop Trail 1 mile (1)
Take I-90 to Rt. 91 (SOM Center Rd). Turn left on Rt. 91. Turn left on Sunset Lane. Turn left on Buttermilk Falls Parkway. Start at Strawberry Picnic Area on left. Cross road to trailhead. The trail passes through the only remaining stand of virgin white pine trees in the reservation and is a remarkable example of an ancient remnant forest. A boardwalk gives visitors access to this special area without damaging the tree’s fragile root systems.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Lower 40 Loop Trail 1.2 miles (2)
Take I-77 to Grant Avenue. Go west on Grant Avenue. Turn left on E. 49th Street. Turn right on to Whittlesey Way. Starting at CanalWay Center walk down the hill behind the center. Turn right after you cross the bridge. At the fork, go left and follow the loop trail. End at Canalway Center. Look for impressive 8’ yellow, daisy-like, wingstem around the wood edges.
Rocky River Reservation
Wildlife Management Loop Trail 1.5 miles (2)
Take I-480 to Clague Road exit. Go south on Clague Rd. Turn right on Mastick Road then left on Shephard Lane. Turn right into Rocky River Nature Center parking lot. Walk past Rocky River Nature Center and look for signs to Wildlife Management Trail. Experience a myriad of habitats along this level trail. The wetlands it crosses are the former channel of the West Branch of the Rocky River. Some stairs.
South Chagrin Reservation
Forest Loop Trail 1 mile (1)
Take 422 east. Go north on Route 91 (SOM Center Road) exit, turn right on Cannon Road. Turn left on Arbor Lane. Start at the Arboretum parking lot. Walk through the Arboretum to the woods. Turn left on the Bridle Trail then follow Forest Loop Trail markers. This rolling trail through mature forest journeys past an old Boy Scout pond.