Tuesday, October 11, 2011

View Beautiful Fall Colors in Your Parks!

The colors are a changin’ and people are going to be looking for the best places to view this spectacular display of color.  Don't miss taking in the fall colors in Lake County!  

Where better to view than in one of your Lake Metroparks?
Here's a list of park overlooks that will maximize your viewing.

Chapin Forest Reservation
10090 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306) and 10381 Hobart Road in Kirtland
Chapin Forest Reservation - Lake Metroparks
J. Dell Photography
The 390 acres of Chapin Forest Reservation are known for distinctive rock formations and majestic forests. Wander through 5.3 miles of mature woodland trails comprised of beech, maple, oak, tulip and hemlock.
Hike along Lucky Stone Loop Trail and walk along the scenic overlook with a view toward Cleveland. On a clear day, you can look out and see downtown.

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Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland
Don Kemp
This beautiful nature preserve features 424 acres of forest, fields, wetlands, and over 7.5 miles of hiking trails The trails lead along the cool, shaded hemlock ridge of a deep gorge and through old field habitats and a mature hardwood forest. 

Stop along the Halle Home Loop Trail for views across the ravine over Stoney Brook.
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Hell Hollow Wilderness Area
14435 Leroy Center Rd. in Leroy
Frank Szekely
Walk along the half-mile Beechwood Loop Trail along a cliff above the Paine Creek valley and 262 timber steps that provide a dramatic descent to the creek valley. The more than 100-foot-deep ravine was carved thousands of years ago by Paine Creek after glaciers retreated from Ohio. This park offers impressive views of the 360 million year-old Chagrin Shale cliff above a deep river valley.
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Indian Point Park
Lower Lot: 12951 Seeley Road
Upper Lot: 13165 Seeley Road
Lake Metroparks - Indian Point Park
Jeff Taipale
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, this park has one of the earliest architectural works in this part of Ohio.

Lookout Ridge Trail offers steep valley viewing high above the Grand River and Paine Creek
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Girdled Road Reservation
North Entrance: 12898 Girdled Road;
South Entrance: 12899 Radcliffe Road Concord Twp.
J Dell Photography
Within the 902 acres of Girdled Road Reservation visitors can experience the beauty of many different types of habitats-dense forests, fields and wetlands. Audubon Ohio has designated this park as an Important Bird Area. The Buckeye Trail, marked with light blue blazes on trees, runs through Girdled Road Reservation.

Close to the North entrance, an overlook provides grand views of the Big Creek valley

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Click here to find out where you can view fall foliage in parks throughout Northeast Ohio.

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