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.
More than 400 acres of natural beauty. Enjoy hiking trails, picnic shelters, exhibits, a gift shop, and wildlife center.
Otto Schoepfle did not start out to create a botanical garden. Instead, he referred to it as "the garden that grew." He traveled throughout Europe to study and learn about different botanical varieties, coming home after each trip with new ideas for plantings. This continual pursuit of learning became a dominant force in his philosophy of life.
The falls were once called Bakers Falls, named for the Baker family, who had lived in the area since the early 1800s and operated one of the first mills. In 1974, the area was named Paine Falls, at which time it was dedicated as a park by Lake Metroparks.
Osborn Park offers its visitors 163 acres in which to enjoy nature and recreational activities. Acquired in separate parcels, the park's first and largest area of 160 acres was donated by the Erie County Commission, which purchased it from the state in 1974.
This undeveloped reservation once housed the city of Oberlin's water supply and was known as the Kipton Reservoir. The current reservation is now used for horseback riding along unimproved trails that loop around the old reservoir. The trails were created and are maintained by the Erie and Lorain County chapters of the Ohio Horse Council. This is a primitive area, and there are no restroom facilities. Picnicking is prohibited.
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.
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.
The ruggedly beautiful reserve is home to about 240 species of native plants, including ferns, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs growing in the gravelly soil of the park. Visitors are asked to take only pictures and to leave the plants, flowers, and other natural features of the reserve for others to enjoy.
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