Monday, October 21, 2013

Top 5 color hikes in Lake Metroparks

 Hidden Valley Park - photo by Jeff Taipale

Hiking is one of the most popular forms of outdoor leisure—surveys suggest that one in three Americans rate it as one of their three favorite forms of outdoor recreation. Hiking combines several pursuits—interests in scenery, wildlife, discovery and solitude—all in a low-impact form of healthy activity.

Lake Metroparks has more than 50 miles of trails spanning Lake County. These trails provide countless opportunities for walkers to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery. Get out and soak up the beauty while it lasts!

Chapin Forest Reservation
Lucky Stone Loop Trail to the scenic overlook at the historic Sperry Quarry

Chapin Forest Reservation Lucky Stone Loop Trail - photo by J Dell Photography
With a panoramic view of everything from Lake Erie to the Cleveland skyline, the view of fall colors may be the best in Lake Metroparks. Best accessed via the Rt. 306 entrance.

Indian Point Park
Lookout Ridge Trail
Indian Point Park Grand River Valley - photo by JeffTaipaleThis trail takes you to a spectacular view over the Grand River. The forested hillside comes alive with colorful leaves. Best accessed via the upper parking lot.

Hell Hollow Wilderness Area
Hell Hollow Wilderness Area - photo by Frank Szekely Beechridge Loop Trail
Standing on top of a 200-foot cliff, a breathtaking view of hills and valleys stretches out before you.

Hogback Ridge Park 
Hemlock Ridge Loop Trail
Hogback Ridge Park  Reflection - photo by Don KempFrom the start of the loop to the finish, fall colors will surround and envelop you. Access via the main entrance (south).

Hidden Valley Park
River Breeze Trail 
Hidden Valley Park - photo by Jim MarquardtThis riverside trail has excellent views of the forested hillside and the display of colors never ends along the entire half-mile trail. Access via the south entrance.

Click here for complete list of trail maps available to download.

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