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As seen on Kickin' it with Kenny on FOX 8 News in the Morning

Chapin Forest ReservationGirdled Road Reservation

Indian Point ParkVeterans Park Other scenic vistas in Lake Metroparks

Fall trees reflected in Granger Pond at Veterans Park -  photo by Moira Fellows

Lake Metroparks Chapin Forest Reservation
Entrances off Rt. 306 and Hobart Rd.
Kirtland, Ohio

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. Stop by Quarry Pond and walk Lucky Stone Loop Trail.

Chapin Forest Reservation - Trail by overlook photo by J Dell Photography
Trail by overlook

Overlook at Chapin Forest Reservation - photo by J Dell Photography
Overlook at Chapin Forest Reservation

Chapin Forest Reservation - Riding trails on horseback - photo by J Dell Photography
Riding trails on horseback

Chapin Forest Reservation - Drive through autumn - photo by J Dell Photography
Driving through autumn at Chapin Forest Reservation

Girdled Road Reservation
Entrances off Girdled Road, Radcliffe Road, and Concord-Hambden Road (Rt. 608)
Concord Twp, Ohio

Within the 932 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.

Overlook at Girdled Road Reservation
Overlook at Girdled Road Reservation


Trail at Girdled Road Reservation - photo by J Dell Photography
Trail at Girdled Road Reservation

Overlook at Big Creek Valley at Girdled Road Reservation
Overlook at Big Creek Valley at Girdled Road Reservation

Girdled Road Reservation pond - photo by Reverend Jennings
Pond at Girdled Road Reservation

Indian Point Park
Entrances off Seeley Road
Leroy Twp, Ohio

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, Indian Point has one of the earliest architectural works in this part of Ohio. A tribe from the Whittlesey Culture lived here; a Whittlesey structure was built on the 100-foot ridge between Paine Creek and the Grand River. Two parallel mounds of their earthworks can be seen.

Indian Point Park Paine Creek by J Dell Photography
Paine Creek at Indian Point Park

Indian Point in Fall - Paine Creek
Indian Point in Fall - Paine Creek


Indian Point Park Trail

Indian Point Park Grand River Valley - photo by Jeff Taipale
Grand River Valley at Indian Point Park

Lake Metroparks Veterans Park
Entrance off Hopkins Road
Mentor, Ohio

Veterans Park protects the largest inland pond in the county and a remnant of original Ohio swamp forest. The park offers four accessible fishing piers, a 1.78-mile loop trail though native wetlands with 830 feet of boardwalk, and a wetland/ wildlife viewing area.

Granger Pond is generally stocked with catfish, bass, bluegill and rainbow trout. A valid fishing license from the state of Ohio is required to fish at Veterans Park.

 

Fall fishing at Veterans Park - photo by J Dell Photography
Fall fishing at Veterans Park

Autumn colors at Veterans Park - photo by J Dell Photography
Autumn colors at Veterans Park

Looking through fall leaves at Veterans Park - photo by Moira Fellows
Looking through fall leaves at Veterans Park - photo by Moira Fellows

Fall trees reflected in Granger Pond at Veterans Park -  photo by Moira FellowsFall trees reflected in Granger Pond at Veterans Park

Scenic Vistas

Lake Metroparks preserves and provides access to incredible views

SEVEN SCENIC SPOTS TO VISIT IN LAKE METROPARKS

Lake County is a beautiful place to live and work. Some of the unique natural features and landscapes include Lake Erie, the Grand River and Chagrin River valleys, Little Mountain, Mentor Marsh and the vineyards of southern Madison.
Lake Metroparks’ skilled craftsmen have constructed several observation decks and overlook areas that offer snapshots of some of Lake County’s most impressive features. These stops along park trails allow visitors to take a moment—or longer—to reflect on the county’s best scenic views preserved for all to enjoy.

Click here to see seven scenic spots to visit

Looking for more places to view fall colors this autumn?

Take a trip on self-guided hikes in search of stunning autumn views in parks across Northeast Ohio. Radiant reds, outstanding oranges and amazing ambers await.

Gully Brook Park in the fall - photo by Chris Kirsch Smith-Holladay
Gully Brook Park • Photo by Chris Kirsch Smith-Holladay

Cleveland Metroparks
216-635-3200
www.clemetparks.com

Tinkers Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook and Little Overlook
Located off Gorge Parkway, between Dunham and Egbert roads in Bedford Reservation, Cuyahoga County
Cleveland Metroparks - Tinkers Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook and Little Overlook Enjoy the breathtaking autumn view from the overlook of Tinkers Creek Gorge, a national natural landmark. Little Overlook also offers spectacular views of beautiful Tinkers Creek Gorge, a quarter-mile west of Egbert Picnic Area in Bedford Reservation.

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Rocky River Reservation, Fort Hill - Cedar Point
Rocky River Nature Center is located at 24000 Valley Parkway, north of Cedar Point Road in North Olmsted, Cuyahoga County
  Enjoy a marvelous vista of the East and West branch confluence of the Rocky River at Fort Hill, directly behind the Rocky River Nature Center.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

216-524-1497
www.nps.gov/cuva

Brandywine Falls & Brandywine Gorge Trail
Located on Brandywine Road, between Highland and Twinsburg roads in
Sagamore Hills, CVNP
Brandywine Falls Brandywine Falls and the1.5-mile Brandywine Gorge Trail are great places to observe autumn colors at their peak, typically during the first two weeks in October.

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Oak Hill Trail
Located on Oak Hill Road, 1.3 miles south of Major Road in Peninsula, CVNP
  The 1.5-mile trail is abundant with fall color, typically during the last week in September when autumn colors are highlighted with the magnificent reds of the red maple and striking yellows of the white ash and big-tooth aspen.

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Erie MetroParks

419- 625-7783
www.eriemetroparks.com

Edison Woods MetroPark
10186 Ceylon Rd (SR 61), Berlin Heights, OH  44814
Edison Woods MetroPark The trail system at Edison Woods allows visitors to appreciate marshy meadows, wet woodlands and sandstone cliffs. The Reserve is also home to a vast array of wildflowers, rare plants, amphibians and reptiles. The natural resources of Edison Woods are protected. Please take only photographs and leave only footprints.
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Geauga Park District
440-286-9516
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

Big Creek Park
Located at 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon, Geauga County
Big Creek Park - Geauga Park District This 642-acre park with mature forests bursts with a myriad of colors in the fall months. People of all abilities can enjoy
a great diversity of hiking experiences, from a fully accessible trail loop to a rugged trek through the river valley of
Big Creek.

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Beartown Lakes Reservation
Located at 18870 Quinn Road, Auburn & Bainbridge townships, Geauga County
Beartown Lakes Reservation - Geauga Park Disctrict This 149-acre park features a mature beach-maple forest and includes three interconnecting lakes, a pond and a small stream to catch and reflect the autumn colors. Lower Bear Lake is circled by a fully accessible trail.

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Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve
Located at 15681 Old Rider Road, Burton & Newbury townships, Geauga County
Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve - Geauga Park District This 287-acre park features a glacial
lake ringed with a bog – a rare northern wetland type. Lake Kelso turns color earlier than surrounding forests and offers spectacular viewing from the park’s observation deck, as trees and shrubs such as red maple, black gum, blueberry, tamarack and poison sumac add brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. The possibility of seeing migratory waterfowl adds that much more to this natural gem.

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Lake Metroparks
440-639-7275
www.lakemetroparks.com

Chapin Forest Reservation
Located at 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
Located at 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
Located at 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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Lorain County Metro Parks
1-800-LCM-PARK
www.metroparks.cc

Vermillion River Reservation
Located four miles south of the city of Vermilion, Lorain County

 

Known to most as Mill Hollow, viewing of fall color can take place anywhere within the park, but is best from vantage points that incorporate the river and its associated shale cliffs and hillsides.
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Black River Reservation
  The reservation bridges the cities of Lorain and Elyria, people with nature, and the Black River itself! The fall color in this park is spectacular throughout, but exceptionally so from the middle of this 'across and back' bridge.
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Medina County Park District
330 722-9364
www.medinacountyparks.com

Allardale
Located at 401 Remsen Road in Granger Township, Medina County
  The hills at Allardale provide spectacular vistas to view the beauty of autumn. Allardale features an ongoing forestry program considered to be among the finest in Ohio.

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Hubbard Valley Park
Located at 8600 Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township, Medina County

An 18-acre lake in the park that acts like a mirror as it reflects the beautiful fall colors.

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Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
330-865-8065
www.summitmetroparks.org

Gorge Metro Park
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls

Gorge Metro Park - Metro Parks Serving Summit County

Hike 3.6 miles on two trails in rugged Gorge Metro Park. The rock cliffs and ledges in the Cuyahoga River Gorge are unlike anything else nearby.

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Sand Run Metro Park / Jogging Trail & Sand Run Parkway
1300 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron

Sand Run Metro Park / Jogging Trail and Sand Run Parkway - Metro Parks Serving Summit County

Walk or run 6 miles on our most popular trail, and drive through the ford on the scenic parkway. More than 14 miles of trails wind through this Metro Park - the most popular in Summit County.

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Stark County Park District
330-477-3552
www.starkparks.com

Ohio & Erie Canalway, south of Navarre in Stark County
Location: Craig Pittman Park trailhead along the Ohio & Erie Canalway Byway, east of Rt. 62 on Canal Street in Navarre.
  The southernmost section of the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway in Stark County - from the Village of Navarre to Rt. 212 - is a flat, scenic 5.4-mile limestone trail meandering through oaks, silver maples, sycamore and sassafras trees with views of the Tuscarawas River. It's suitable for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding.

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Walborn Marina Loop Trail
Location: 11324 Price St. NE, Alliance NE corner of Stark County,
NW of Alliance.

From I-77, take Rt. 619 east or Rt. 62 east to Rt. 183 north. Go west on Price Street.

Two miles of natural surface trails provide beautiful views of the 840-acre Walborn Reservoir that is surrounded by oak and hickory forests. This birdwatchers' paradise attracts eagles and ospreys, as well as migrating waterfowl and a variety of songbirds.

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