Public Places: Parks/Reservations
The Coupling Reserve is made up of 20 sloping and river-bottom acres. The reserve was donated to the Erie MetroParks in 1991 by the nonprofit Coupling Corporation, which for years had operated the property as a spiritual retreat center. Built around a historic railroad theme, the reserve grounds are open to the general public from 8 a.m. to dark year-round.
The West Woods is a 900-acre park, featuring geological diversity that is appealing to the eye of the nature lover. Ansel's Cave features ledges made of Sharon conglomerate sandstone. Wetlands, second-growth forests, and reclaimed farm fields are also present on the property.
More than 400 acres of natural beauty. Enjoy hiking trails, picnic shelters, exhibits, a gift shop, and wildlife center.
Quail Hollow State Park is a wonderful example of rolling meadows, marshes, pines, and deciduous woods surrounding a 40-room manor. Scenic woodland trails, gardens, and the house offer a variety of natural and cultural experiences for visitors.
Girdled Road Reservation was purchased by Lake Metroparks in 1965. It is named for the first road that the early European settlers built from the Pennsylvania line to the new city of Cleveland in the early 1800s.
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.
This park provides natural relief to the metropolitan skyline. Sand beaches, tree-lined picnic areas, and panoramic views of the lake are found within the park along the Lake Erie shoreline.
Hoffman Forest Reserve provides a delightful respite from the sights and sounds of urban life. Several unpaved trails begin near the parking lot and loop through the reserve. Trails wander through diverse habitats, over and through creeks, up hillsides, and around a meadow.
Euclid Creek Reservation is named for the Euclid Creek, which runs the length of the reservation. It features wooded hillsides, where the rare rock-chestnut oak grows. The reservation is located in Euclid, South Euclid, and Richmond Heights.
The upper Cuyahoga River flows through an ancient valley filled with glacial deposits at Eldon Russell Park. This 132-acre reservation features ridges that support an upland forest of beech, maple, oak, and native white pine. The kettles below harbor a number of rare plants.
This property was once owned by 10 people who had summer or permanent residences along Lake Erie. Several property boundaries are still visible because of tree lines that remain.
Caley is a semideveloped park reserved for wildlife and nature study. Its 507 acres include wetlands, forest, and field habitats, including two large ponds and Wellington Creek, which runs roughly through the middle of the reservation. Two popular activities include wildflower hikes and fishing, but visitors are welcome just to come and enjoy the quiet and natural beauty of this unique park.
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