Public Places: Parks/Reservations
The trademark of this park is its mile-long sand beach, the largest in the state. In addition to its popularity during the summer season with picnickers and swimmers, the area is home to many plant species typically found only along the Atlantic Coast.
Mentor Marsh, which was designated a national natural landmark in 1966, occupies an ancient, abandoned channel of the Grand River. A beech-sugar maple forest occupies the higher elevations bordering the marsh. At the eastern edge of the preserve, there is a mixed oak swamp forest, a type destroyed in most parts of the Lake Erie region.
The reservation includes numerous species of wildlife and plant life, including ferns and wildflowers. The East Branch of the Rocky River is noted for its spring trout fishing. The reservation also has a number of trails and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy year-round, including the Chalet, with its two toboggan chutes for winter thrills.
Before Munroe Falls Metro Park was purchased by the Summit County Metro Parks in 1978, the John Renner family owned and operated a private swim club on the property.
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