November 24, 2021

20 Awesome Fall and Winter Hikes To Take Around Northeast Ohio

We get wanting to just stay bundled up on the couch in front of the TV during the cold fall and frigid winter. But Ohio has so much natural beauty that it really is worth braving the temperatures outside, come rain, sleet or snow. Check out these trails (whether by foot, snowshoe or ski) this fall and winter for some of the most stunning scenery in the state.

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Whipps Ledges
Hinckley Lake Loop Trail, Hinckley 
You will find the famous Whipps Ledges at Hinckley Reservation. These rock formations are natural and breathtaking. Spend an afternoon hiking and end the day relaxing by Hinckley Lake.
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Whipps Ledges

Hinckley Lake Loop Trail, Hinckley
You will find the famous Whipps Ledges at Hinckley Reservation. These rock formations are natural and breathtaking. Spend an afternoon hiking and end the day relaxing by Hinckley Lake.

Photo via kellylewflynn/Instagram
Arc of Appalachia Preserve
7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge 
This nature preserve is run by a non-profit working to preserve more than 5,000 acres of land east of Cincinnati. Hike around the snaking Serpent Mound for a look at the world's biggest prehistoric effigy mound. 
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Arc of Appalachia Preserve

7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge
This nature preserve is run by a non-profit working to preserve more than 5,000 acres of land east of Cincinnati. Hike around the snaking Serpent Mound for a look at the world's biggest prehistoric effigy mound.

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 The Towpath at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
1550 Boston Mills Rd., Peninsula
This popular trail, which receives over 2 million visitors per year, extends 81 miles through the gorgeous Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Explore the Ohio Canal, the historic scenic railroad and much more. 
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The Towpath at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

1550 Boston Mills Rd., Peninsula

This popular trail, which receives over 2 million visitors per year, extends 81 miles through the gorgeous Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Explore the Ohio Canal, the historic scenic railroad and much more.

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 North Chagrin Reservation
3037 SOM Center Rd., Willoughby Hills
Known mostly for Squires’ Castle, the North Chagrin Reservation also boasts hiking trails to go through the woods. Sunset Pond and Sanctuary Marsh are two other popular tourist sites. 
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North Chagrin Reservation

3037 SOM Center Rd., Willoughby Hills

Known mostly for Squires’ Castle, the North Chagrin Reservation also boasts hiking trails to go through the woods. Sunset Pond and Sanctuary Marsh are two other popular tourist sites.

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 Quail Hollow
13480 Congress Lake Ave. NE, Hartville
Hartville offers more than fabulous pies, you can also visit one of the most beautiful parks around. Quail Hollow Park offers, count 'em, eight different trails that take journeyers through moss-covered arches, forest and marsh. You can even stay at a manor on the property for a weekend affair. 
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Quail Hollow

13480 Congress Lake Ave. NE, Hartville

Hartville offers more than fabulous pies, you can also visit one of the most beautiful parks around. Quail Hollow Park offers, count 'em, eight different trails that take journeyers through moss-covered arches, forest and marsh. You can even stay at a manor on the property for a weekend affair.

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 Euclid Creek Reservation
850 Euclid Creek Pkwy., Cleveland 
This urban enclave of the Metroparks is the closest reserve to the city of Cleveland. Covering 2.5 miles, part runs along the Lake Erie shoreline and goes through the area that used to be Euclid Beach Park.
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Euclid Creek Reservation

850 Euclid Creek Pkwy., Cleveland

This urban enclave of the Metroparks is the closest reserve to the city of Cleveland. Covering 2.5 miles, part runs along the Lake Erie shoreline and goes through the area that used to be Euclid Beach Park.

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 Miller Nature Sanctuary
2739 Center Rd., Avon
This Avon nature preserve is home of the Rocky Fork Gorge, and has three miles of trails to explore amongst beautiful scenery.
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Miller Nature Sanctuary

2739 Center Rd., Avon

This Avon nature preserve is home of the Rocky Fork Gorge, and has three miles of trails to explore amongst beautiful scenery.

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 Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park
12440 OH-282, Garrettsville 
Covering 167 acres, this state park is known for their beautiful waterfalls and ledges that are great for jumping off of. While you might not want to do that in the winter, the waterfalls are beautiful to see when frozen and there are four scenic trails to explore.
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Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park

12440 OH-282, Garrettsville

Covering 167 acres, this state park is known for their beautiful waterfalls and ledges that are great for jumping off of. While you might not want to do that in the winter, the waterfalls are beautiful to see when frozen and there are four scenic trails to explore.

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 Mentor Marsh
5185 Corduroy Rd., Mentor
This marsh is a mixed swamp forest, one of the last of its kind in the Lake Erie region. There is also a sugar-maple forest bordering the marsh. While it may be more scenic in the fall, you can still hike it in the winter, and it’ll probably be much less crowded.
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Mentor Marsh

5185 Corduroy Rd., Mentor

This marsh is a mixed swamp forest, one of the last of its kind in the Lake Erie region. There is also a sugar-maple forest bordering the marsh. While it may be more scenic in the fall, you can still hike it in the winter, and it’ll probably be much less crowded.

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Lake Erie Bluffs
2901 Clark Rd., Perry
Lake Erie Bluffs provides a combination of wetland hiking and dry trails. There is access to a natural lake and areas open for fishing. The park also has a 50-foot coastal observation tower, providing a view of the lake as well as the surrounding forest. 
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Lake Erie Bluffs

2901 Clark Rd., Perry
Lake Erie Bluffs provides a combination of wetland hiking and dry trails. There is access to a natural lake and areas open for fishing. The park also has a 50-foot coastal observation tower, providing a view of the lake as well as the surrounding forest.

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