60 Hikes within 60 Miles Cleveland  by Diane Stresing

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cleveland Guide Book

by Diane Stresing (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes within 60 Miles Cleveland  by Diane Stresing
In addition to Cleveland's numerous cultural and athletic activities, this "All American City" offers many excellent opportunities to explore Mother Nature's bounty. This guide uncovers the natural jewels found throughout the area around Cleveland, Akron, and Canton, including jaunts through several of the area's Metroparks. Saunter through J. Arthur Herrick State Nature Preserve to learn about fens and bogs, hike along the banks of the Cuyahoga River to hear the music of burbling rapids,or walk through a working apple orchard in Beckwith Orchards. Whether you are lacing up your boots or strapping on some snow shoes, 60 Hikes points you to the best hiking near Cleveland.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cleveland" Guide Book
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If you’ve ever snickered at the old adage, “Golf is a good walk spoiled,” it may be time to put aside your snark. This green oasis, surrounded by shopping centers and heavily trafficked thoroughfares, is one of several former golf courses in northeast Ohio that has recently evolved from “good walk spoiled” to “super-accessible hiking destination.” If your favorite hikes make you feel as though you could be lost in Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood, this one may not be for you. Nothing at Acacia looks rustic.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
Would you trust your life to an invisible thing called the Underground Railroad (UGRR)? The UGRR operated from the 1780's until about 1862. During that time, an estimated 40,000 freedom-seeking slaves passed through Ohio. Ohio’s largest county has a lot of secrets. Consider these two short hikes a teaser: The first introduces you to some of Austinburg’s most notable Underground Railroad sites; the second takes you across Ohio’s third-longest covered bridge.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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This Summit County nature preserve looms just up the hill from an unassuming community park. Take a tour of the smaller park, and then sneak into the vast preserve through a tunnel. The well-shaded path brings you quickly to a pretty, working water pump ready to cool you off; not far east of there, you arrive at the tennis courts and you'll soon find two soccer fields and a picnic area. Restrooms and water fountain are at the trail kiosk and at picnic shelters found at either end of the trail.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
Bainbridge Township was settled in the early 1800's. At that time, the area was simply awash in bears. Local lore tells of a time when one of the McConoughey boys killed 5 bears in a single day. Not surprising, residents began calling the are Beartown. Mature beech and maple forests, a small pine grove, and three lakes comprise this 149-acre park in southern Geauga County. Beavers, herons, hawks, and deer are prevalent. But will you see a bear?
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
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This is an easy hike with a big-view payoff: Enjoy cascades and waterfalls on the way to one of Ohio’s grandest canyons, nearly 150 feet deep.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
This short trail offers a glimpse into Bedford’s industrial past and the Great Falls that provided power in the city’s earliest days. From the parking lot, you can see the viaduct for which this park is named, but much lies below the surface here. From the trailhead, follow the wide gravel trail as it takes you close to the creek bed. You’ll hear the falls before you see them, and once you catch a glimpse, you may have a hard time being patient and staying on the trail until you can get a better look.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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Brecksville Reservation packs a lot of plant diversity into its borders. This combination of three short loops provides a good leg stretching and several picture-perfect views. Prairie fields, a vernal pond, and a forest trail to a lovely “mountain” give the budding naturalist (and casual sightseer) plenty to think about. Harriet Keeler Memorial is wheelchair accessible, others areas are not.
Brecksville, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
Settled in the early 1800s, Canal Fulton has maintained and celebrated its rich canal history. Following the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail on the eastern side of the Tuscarawas River and the Olde Muskingum Trail on the west, hikers and bikers can enjoy historical landmarks and scenic views on both sides of the river.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
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Oxbow Trail winds through the Cuyahoga River Valley, north of Akron. From the burbling rapids of the Cuyahoga River to a cardiac climb to a fabulous vista, this hike offers variety over a short haul. Though a steep sledding hill and several ball fields are nearby, hikers can get away from the action in the center of the park to enjoy this remote wooded trail and great views of the surrounding valley.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
Is this a hike or an amusement park? Both. And where else in Cleveland can you see elephants, camels, koalas, and kangaroos?
Brooklyn, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.75
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Columbus Road runs east and west through downtown Cleveland, and as any good Clevelander knows, that’s enough to start a fight. It’s no surprise, then, to learn that the Columbus Road Bridge has caused a few clashes between East Siders and West Siders—going back to at least the 1830s. Well, at least in this urban hike, the West Siders win.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
Once a (real) dump, this area was transformed by some enterprising beavers into a viable habitat, and not only for themselves. Today more than 50 bird species nest here each year. Since the National Park Service (NPS) built a wooden boardwalk across the marsh and connected it to the popular Towpath Trail, humans can enjoy its serene beauty too.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
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Sure-footed trekkers can follow the creek past quiet Blue Hen Falls down to the bottom of 20-foot-tall Buttermilk Falls. This stroll along the Cuyahoga River and through the city of Kent highlights the town’s history since the 1800s. It will lead you by Ohio’s oldest masonry dam, through a pioneer cemetery, and by some of Kent’s historic buildings.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
This hilly combination of three trails visits some of my favorite spots in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, including a pioneer cemetery, awe-inspiring caves and ledges, and arguably the best spot in the valley to watch a sunset. For beginning hikers, especially little ones, start with the Haskell Run Trail. You can also shorten this hike by taking Ledges Trail to return to Happy Days Lodge.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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While Cuyahoga Valley National Park is full of great scenery, the Oak Hill area offers a special treat for the eyes. Here you’ll encounter a series of S-curves that wiggle through the woods, following a ravine. A lovely change of scenery greets you at almost every turn on this loop trail.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
Hikers get a hilly workout while traveling through the former farm and estate of Hayward Kendall. Rolling meadows; shady creek crossings; and layers of moss, pine needles, and ferns provide a feast for the eyes. An optional 1-mile loop encircles beautiful Kendall Lake, which was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
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This short trail packs a wallop in terms of scenery—and a respectable cardiovascular workout, thanks to an elevation change of more than 150 feet. Once you’ve completed this trail, you can say that you’ve seen firsthand what is possibly the most-talked-about feature of our local national park.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
This small, unique Portage Park District property offers a short woodland trail set amid lovely farm fields. Depending on the time of year, you may get to watch planting, harvesting, or other farmwork in nearby fields. Go in the early spring for the best wildflower display.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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Here’s a hike that’s uniquely Cleveland—and it starts out at a historical landmark and shopping mall. Whether you have out-of-town guests who want to see the north coast, or you haven’t been downtown for a while, this mini-tour will put you in a Cleveland state of mind, with stops at stately Public Square, the anything-but-square Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and other highlights, including the Terminal Tower observation deck, offering panoramic views of the city.
Brooklyn, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
Inside the visitor center, you can learn as much about green building design as your brain can grasp—or handle a snake, or enjoy a puppet show. Outside, some of the gardens are as neatly buttoned-up as a Sunday school teacher—but when you reach the southern end of the nature trails, you’ll find a bouncy suspension bridge sure to bring out your inner child.
Cleveland, OH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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