Public Places: Parks/Reservations
The first land purchased for Cleveland Metroparks can be seen from the Stinchcomb-Groth Memorial. The character of the reservation is strongly influenced by the Rocky River. Massive shale cliffs rise above the willows, sycamores, and cottonwoods, and many trails wind through the valley's deep floodplain forests, meadows, and wildflowers.
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.
Sandy Ridge is a 310-acre wetland and wildlife preserve, divided almost equally between forest, meadow, and marsh. A favorite of naturalists and bird-watchers, Sandy Ridge has more than 100 bird species on its breeding list and is rich in other wildlife as well.
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.
Columbia Reservation includes four miles of gravel trails, boardwalks, playground, and picnic area with reservable shelter. The reservation includes a 264-acre wetland mitigation project.
This reservation features 426 acres of mostly wooded landscape, with high cliffs, deep ravines, and three creeks: Sugar Creek, Fish Creek, and the reservation's namesake, the French Creek. With 4.5 miles of forested trails, you're not likely to run out of walking room. A nature center houses a performance space often used by TrueNorth Cultural Arts productions.
Huntington Reservation is located in Bay Village on the shores of Lake Erie. Picnic areas high above the beach offer visitors opportunities to enjoy the striking and ever-changing lake views.
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