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This 149-acre former fishing club was acquired by the Geauga Park District in 1993. Avid anglers continue to catch a wide variety of fish, including bass, bluegill, and northern pike. The three lakes and 40 acres of wetlands also attract beavers, great blue herons, red-shouldered hawks, turtles, and a wide variety of songbirds and migrating waterfowl. Beartown Lakes Reservation is an excellent spot for hiking, horseback riding, sledding, and cross-country skiing.

This 642-acre tract, primarily covered with a mature beech-maple forest, is bisected by Big Creek. Many species of neotropical songbirds migrate from equatorial rainforests to nest in Big Creek Park; wildlife watchers also enjoy spotting deer, turtles, beaver, and small woodland animals.

A major component of Big Creek Reservation is Big Creek Parkway, a refreshing alternative to the standard suburban commuter routes to Cleveland. The reservation runs parallel to Pearl Road from Valley Parkway to Brookpark Road and is located in Brooklyn, Parma, Parma Heights, Middleburg Heights, and Strongsville.

With nearly a half-million visitors each year, this may well be the most popular park in the Lorain County Metro Park system. The most notable feature is the Bridgeway Trail, a 3.5-mile, paved all-purpose trail that follows the Black River through its meanderings from Elyria to Lorain, spanning four city jurisdictions altogether.

Bradley Woods Reservation, located in North Olmsted and Westlake, is on a massive formation of Berea sandstone. The stone is easily seen in the old quarry sites located in various areas of the reservation.

>From the oak-hickory forests on the ridgetops to the cottonwoods, willows, and sycamores of Chippewa Creek's flat floodplain, Brecksville Reservation is a study of contrasts. The reservation is deeply cut by seven distinct gorges that have a wide variety of soil and sunlight conditions, fostering the growth of rare, unusual, and endangered plants.

Brookside Reservation was one of Cleveland's oldest neighborhood parks before its acquisition by the Cleveland Metroparks in 1993. Still a recreation hub, the area now boasts baseball and football fields.

Named for the grove of buckeye trees found along the stream in the Schleman Nature Preserve, the park provides a variety of experiences for visitors. The east side of the park is the setting for soccer and softball fields available for use by reservation.

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve is a 287-acre system of boreal forest, glacial relic ponds, and wetlands. The area supports several rare and endangered plants, including the northern rein orchid, cranberry plants, and the carnivorous pitcher plant. Some of the rare animal species are the nesting brown creepers, northern water thrush, spotted turtles, and four-toed salamanders.
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