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    Metroparks - Bedford Reservation

    by Toughluck Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Metroparks are called the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland. They surround the city in a swath of green.

    Bedford Reservation is south in Garfield Heights and Maple Heights, off I-271 and I-480. It includes Tinkers Creek Gorge, the Gorge Parkway and lots of picnic and hiking trails. It is located adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

    Bedford/Walton Hills
    Viaduct Park - Willis and Taylor St
    Shawnee HIlls Golf Course - Egbert Rd- Golf
    Little Overlook - Gorge Parkway - Tinkers Creek view
    Bridal Veil Falls - Gorge Parkway - waterfalls
    Tinkers Creek Gorge Scenice Overlook - Gorge Parkway - Tinkers Creek

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    Willard Park

    by erikatheskysailor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Williard Park is a very nice downtown park, in the midst of the Civic/Business district, flanked on the North by the lakefront area. It's next to City Hall on Lakeside, and continues to E 9th St. It's mostly wide open green space, and there's not many quiestionable people there, especially during the week days. It's certainly a nice place to spend some time taking in the city, and observe the civic goings-on. There's also a newly remodeled picnic area next to city hall, and it provides a wide-open view of the lakefront. There aren't many events that take place here, and there isn't much public art, except the Free Stamp and a memorial to fireman that fallen in the line of duty. For a downtown park, it has a wide-open feel to it, with excellent views of the city and lakefront. :)

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    Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    by Toughluck Updated Jun 20, 2007

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    Running from the southern boundary of Cleveland, east of I-77 is Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is an Emerald Jewel connecting the 'Emerald Necklace' of the Cleveland Metroparks to the Akron Metroparks. More than just a green space, it is a recreation area (skiing), art center (Blossom Music Center - Summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra & Porthouse Theater), historical mecca (Hale Farm and Village, Everett Village, Ohio and Erie Canal), envrionmental learning center (Oak Hill Environmental Center, Happy Days Visitor Center, Virginia Kendall Park, the ledges), and the green space of rural america (Countryside Initiative).

    Cuyahoga Valley
    The Valley is the northern portion of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, a scenic byway through eastern Ohio along the Ohio and Erie Canal.

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    Cultural Gardens

    by bocmaxima Written May 25, 2007

    Along MLK just north of University Circle is a string of small gardens that form a larger parkway called the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. There are 36 gardens in all. Each garden is themed toward a nationality, which are representative of Cleveland's immigrant population. Many of them are quite striking and a lot of effort seems to have been put into them.
    There is an upper and lower section. The upper is on a quieter street and is easier to access since you cannot park on MLK.
    Look for the signs as you cruise south on MLK between I-90 and Superior Ave. The upper is on East Boulevard generally south of St Clair Ave. For those, park on the side streets that branch off East Blvd. No street parking on MLK, but there is a small park with a pond near the southern end that offers a parking lot.

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    Metroparks - Rocky River Reservation (south)

    by Toughluck Updated Dec 27, 2006
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    The Metroparks are called the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland. They surround the city in a swath of green.

    Rocky River Reservation continues south of Brookpark Road (Brooklyn Rd Entrance). The river valley encloses the entire westside of Cleveland like a moat. Fewer bridges zoom over head as we move upriver and south.

    Start at the Nature Center at Cedar Point. You can learn about how the valley came to be and the people who have been affected by life here. Best of all, you can take a walk up onto the high places and back into the nooks and cranies created by erosion and see the wildlife that abounds here in the metropolitan area. The shale cliffs have been found to contain fossils of some of the rarest prehistoric fishes. An entire shark fossil has been found as well as the armoured fish, bigger than a man. Both may be seen at the nature center.

    The bike trail and equestrian trails continue through the Reservation to Barret road making over 30 miles of paved trail. Take a walk or take a ride on a warm summer day through the cool shade of the valley and it's trees.

    North Olmsted/Cleveland
    Rocky River Nature Center - - Valley Parkway nr Cedar Point Rd entrance - Nature Center & Programs
    Lawrence Grist Mil - - Cedar Point Road-east entrance - Historic Bldg
    Frostville Museum - - Cedar Point Road-east entrance - Historic Bldg
    Olmsted Falls/Berea
    Berea Falls Scenic Overlook - - Valley Parkway nr Barrett Rd entrance - Falls overlook

    Rocky River Reservation comes to an end at Bagley Road in Berea. Don't be worried, the Emerald Necklace continues as the Mill Stream Run Reservation. (see my next tip)

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    Metroparks - Rocky River Reservation (north)

    by Toughluck Updated Dec 27, 2006
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    The Metroparks are called the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland. They surround the city in a swath of green.

    Rocky River Reservation is west of Cleveland along Rocky River. This is the western end of the Emerald Necklace . It is easy to miss this entire area because it's below the communities of the west side. You zip over the valley on I-90 or I-480. on the local roads, you pass over the valley on 'high bridges'.

    For a spectacular entry to the Rocky River Valley, take Puritas Road west until it plunges down into the valley.

    Rocky River/Lakewood
    Emeral Necklace Marina - - Beneath Detroit Road - Access from Valley Parkway
    Rockcliff Springs - - Beneath Hillard Road off Rockcliff Lane & Valley Parkway
    Memorial Field - - Valley Parkway - Ballfield
    Stinchcomb-Groth Memorial Scenic Overlook - - Valley Parkway C*
    Tyler Field - - Valley Parkway - Ballfield
    Fairview Park
    Little Met Golf Course - - Old Lorain Rd entrance
    Ranger/Park Operations - - Valley Parkway nr Wooster entrance
    Big Met Golf Course - Valley Parkway - Golf
    Mastick Woods Golf Course - - Valley Parkway nr Mastick & Puritas Rds entrances - Golf
    Rocky River Stables - - Puritas Road entrance - Horseback Riding

    Rocky River Reservation continues southward. See my next tip (Metroparks - Rocky River Reservation (south)

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    Metroparks - Mill Stream Run Reservation

    by Toughluck Updated Dec 27, 2006

    The Metroparks are called the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland. They surround the city in a swath of green.

    Mill Stream Run Reservation is south in Berea and Strongville, off I-80 (Ohio Turnpike), OH 82, and US 42. It includes a tobogan run (in season) scenic drive and lots of picnic and hiking trails. The necklace continues eastward along the Valley Parkway until you reach the Brecksville Reservation.

    Berea
    Music Mound - - N. Quarry Street off S. Rocky River Rd
    Baldwin Lake - - Valley Parkway
    Wallace Lake - - Valley Parkway - Swimming
    Strongsville
    Ranger Lake - - Valley Parkway
    Archery Range - Albion Road
    The Chalet - Albion Road - toboganning
    Stongsville Wildlife Area - Valley Parkway - not accessible
    Camp Cheerful - Off Royalton Rd (OH 82) - youth camp

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    Metroparks - Brecksville Reservation

    by Toughluck Updated Dec 27, 2006
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    The Metroparks are called the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland. They surround the city in a swath of green.

    Brecksville Reservation is south in Breckville, off I-77 and OH 82. It includes 'Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, the Nature Center, the Brecksville Stables and lots of picnic and hiking trails. It is located adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

    Brecksville
    Chippewa Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook - Chippewa Creek Dr of OH 82 Chippewa Rd - scenic river
    Harriet Keeler Memorial Woods - Chippewa Creek Dr - Tallgrass Prairie - Wheelchair accessible
    Brecksville Nature Center - Chippewa Creek Dr - Programs
    Station Road Bridge - Valley Parkway @ Riverview Rd- historic bridge over Cuyahoga River
    Deer Lick Cave - Valley Parkway
    Brecksville Stables - s Meadows Dr- Horseback riding
    Sleepy Hollow Golf Course - Brecksville Rd OH 21- Golf
    Squire Rich Historical Museum - Brecksville Rd OH 21- History

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    Metroparks - Big Creek Parkway

    by Toughluck Updated Dec 27, 2006

    The Metroparks are called the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland. They surround the city in a swath of green.

    Big Creek Parkway is southwest of downtown, running between Memphis Road and the Strongsville Reservation. It includes numerous picnic areas, such as Memphis Hills, Fernhill, and Snow Road picnic areas. The winding parkway leads through woods and rivers. Fifteen miles (24km) bike trail winds from Brookpark Road all the way down to Whitney Road, where a half mile of roadway connects to the Mill Stream Run Bike path.

    Brooklyn
    Memphis Hill Road Park - - Memphis Ave @ Tiedeman Rd
    Parma
    Fern Hill Park - - Big Creek Parkway @ Brookpark Rd
    Snow Road Park - - Big Creek Parkway @ Snow Road
    Parma Hts
    Middleburg Hts
    Lake Abram - - Eastland Rd north of Bagley Road
    - Bird Watching
    Lake Isaac Waterfowl Sanctuary - - Big Creek Parkway @ Fowles Road
    - Bird Watching
    Beyers Pond - - Main St, west of Big Creek Parkway
    - Bird Watching
    Strongsville
    Apple Ridge Pond - - Big Creek Parkway
    - Bird Watching
    Beech Hill Pond - - Big Creek Parkway south of Whitney Rd
    - Bird Watching

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    Settler's Landing Park

    by erikatheskysailor Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    The Bicentennial Tiles.

    Although it's usually scarcely populated with visitors, it's indeed worth perusing. This park was dedicated during our bicentennial celebration in 1996.

    Here you'll find the location (hence the name of the park) where Moses Cleaveland (spelling is correct there) landed in 1796. There's a fountain there that is surrounded by ugly white tubing that I can only assume is there keep the site protected.

    Also, there's a 'garden' of pillars that are tiled with drawings/paintings from area school children in 1997, as a way to celebrate our bicentennial (which was a hell of a party all over downtown). My cousin even has a tile there. :]

    You'll find a few more details as you gander, and it's in a great location to have a wide view of the Flats area.

    The park is located on the West Bank of the Flats, along Old River Rd. If you are going to be using the RTA Waterfront Line (www.riderta.com), there is a stop directly at the Park; they'll let you out right there. In fact, you can even see some of the station in the background of the photo.

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    The MetroParks system.

    by erikatheskysailor Updated Jun 21, 2006

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    The MetroParks system is a natural gem! It's reffered to as the 'Emerald Necklace', being that the whole system takes a rough shape of a hanging necklace over the county. It is one the nation's largest metropark system.

    If you want to do more than take in the scenery, there are many activities available...

    There are bridle paths, biking & multi-purpose trails all over the place, as well as *many* meandering dirt trails that give access to wildflower growth and the like. The many reservations that build the system have a nature center and/or marina in accompaniment. Many also have some beautiful golf courses. Along the roads, there are frequent places to park (usually only a few spaces) and serve as a scenic overlook and/or to give access to a fishing location. The trees and foliage are always spectacular during all seasons, especially in Autumn & Winter; looks like a winter wonderland with the snow resting calmly on so many branches and other surfaces. Also, during the winter, the toboggan chutes are a must do! Do keep your headlights turned on the evening and (of course) at night because there is a deer population and we all know that when car meets deer, it's a bad thing. There are various nature centers through the entire network of reservations; each offers programs, events, activities and exhibits. Each nature center is free and I recommend that you use the website to scout for potential activities of interest.

    Although I've written about a lot there, the website has so much more; I highly recommend looking through the website!

    The parks open early in the morning (don't remember exactly when) and close at 11pm.

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    The Metroparks

    by MegsieSue Written Apr 8, 2006

    Also referred to as the "Emerald Necklace," the Cleveland Metroparks system runs through several counties in Northeast Ohio. It is a huge park system with hiking trails, golf courses, bike paths, picnic areas, river banks, boat docks, etc. In the winter, there are plenty of places for sledding, and there are even tobogan chutes near Strongsville. There is a very nice interpretive center in the Rocky River Reservation, which is nice for children and adults. In the fall, there is a maple sugar festival. Bridle paths are also available.

    I have been to several weddings and company picnics throughout the park system. It was also a prime spot for spur-of-the moment family picnics as I was growing up. As children, we spent a lot of time playing near the river, catching minnows and crayfish, and feeding geese when there were floods. The long meandering roads also make for a nice drive, any time of year.

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    Metroparks

    by Eric-Sabin Updated May 12, 2005

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    a river in the metropark

    Cleveland has one of the finest park systems I have seen. The city is surrounded by Metroparks which are beautiful year round. The parks are great for hiking, biking, roller bladding, skiing, or just sitting by a water fall and catching some ions.

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    Martin Luther King Jr Park

    by erikatheskysailor Written Feb 13, 2005

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    MLK Park is a popular park on the East side of Cleveland; the roadway the winds through it is a poular vein for traffic between University Circle, the local neighborhods and Rt 2.

    No matter if you drive, bike, rollerblade, etc through the park, you'll find it very pictuesque. :) There are numerous cultural gardens scattered through the park; a few, for example: Estonia, Ireland, Germany, China. There's many playgrounds, a small pond, immediate access to the grounds of Universiy Circle and a bike/rollerbalde/etc trail and tennis & basketball courts. It's a narorw park and not very lengthy but well worth a quick jaunt through. I never get tired of seeing it, myself. :) There's no parking along the parkway until you get closer to Euclid Ave, though. The North end of the park connects with the Cleveland Lakefront State Parks and Bikeway.

    I will say now that the park is not safe at night. See my warnings/dangers tips for more about this.

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    Lakeview cemetary on Mayfield...

    by heplion Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Lakeview cemetary on Mayfield Road inbetween little Italy and Coventry. This cemetary is at least as much fun to walk through as Boneventure cemetary in Savannah (that is where the picture from Midnight in the garden of good and evil came from). President Garfield, Elliot Ness and John D. Rockefeller are notables buried here. But aside from that there are many beautiful headstones and musuleums thoughout the grounds. Well worth a couple of hours, and it's FREE!!!!

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