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Park information and trail map

9938 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306)
Kirtland, OH 44094
Lon: 81° 20' 54.117" W
Lat: 41° 35' 49.877" N


10381 Hobart Road
Kirtland, OH 44094
Lon: 81° 22' 15.494" W
Lat: 41° 35' 19.922" N
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Frogs on the pad at Chapin Forest Reservation pond - Photo by Earl Linaburg

The 390 acres of Chapin Forest Reservation are known for distinctive rock formations and majestic forests. Wander, cross-country ski or snowshoe through nearly six miles of trails by mature woodland trails comprised of beech, maple, oak, tulip and hemlock. Stop by Quarry Pond and walk Lucky Stone Loop Trail.

Scenic Overlook

 
Video by Ric Smith

One of the best scenic overlooks in Lake County is found along Lucky Stone Loop. Hiking in this beautiful forested park will take the park visitor to spectacular sharon conglomerate ledges, from which on a clear day Lake Erie and the the Cleveland skyline are visible, 18 miles away.

Part of the Buckeye Trail, a continuous hiking trail throughout Ohio, passes through Chapin Forest. Blue paint blazes on some trees mark the Buckeye Trail.

History

To protect this beautiful setting from development, Frederic H. Chapin purchased the property in 1949 and donated it to the State of Ohio. Under a lease agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Lake Metroparks manages Chapin Forest Reservation. The ledges, or rocky outcroppings of Sharon conglomerate, were formed about 300 million years ago, long before glaciers slid across northern Ohio. To protect the fragile vegetation and for safety reasons, access to the ledges area is restricted to guided walks, which are regularly offered throughout the year.

Sandstone from Quarry Pond and the adjacent streambed were part of a stone quarry that operated during the 1800s. Berea sandstone from this site supplied the foundations for many local buildings, including the Kirtland Temple, which was completed in 1836.

Chapin Forest has also served as a study site. During the late 1950s, the Ohio Division of Forestry and Reclamation began using Chapin Forest as a research site to determine the growth rates of trees for possible commercial timber production.

Shelters

Twin Ponds NEW SHELTER

Located on Hobart Road in Kirtland. Capacity is 75. Shelter has fireplace and electricity. Shelter is located close to playground, recreational field, volleyball, hiking trails, cross-country skiing, ski rental and pond fishing.
Click here to reserve

Quarry Shelter

Located on Route 306 in Kirtland. The shelter capacity is 75, and overlooks a small pond. Park offers hiking trails and pond fishing.
Click here to reserve

The following shelters on a first come, first served basis:

Route 306 entrance

  • Forest Shelter
  • Ledges Shelter
Chapin Forest Reservation - Frogs on the Pad

Amenities

390 acres. Four picnic areas and shelters with grills. Drinking water. Restrooms. Playground. Pond fishing. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Sledding hill. Ball/game fields. Limited bridle trails.

Directions

Rt. 306 Entrance: Take I-90 to Rt. 306 south. Go south approximately three miles. Chapin Forest Reservation is located on the right (west).

Hobart Road Entrance: Take I-90 to Rt. 306 south. Go four miles and turn right (west) onto Chardon Road (Rt. 6). Go one mile and turn right (north) onto Hobart Road. Go ½ mile to the park entrance located on the right (east).

Shelter Rental: Reserve online or call 440-358-7275.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pine Lodge cross-country ski center

Pine Lodge ski center offers cross-country ski rental equipment and lessons, groomed ski trails (including one mile of lighted trail after December 15), snowshoe rentals, fireplace, accessible restrooms and concessions.

Click here for ski center hours and rental information or call staff at Pine Lodge (winter months only) at 440-256-3810 or Lake Metroparks Registration Offices at 440-358-7275.

Cross-country ski conditions
440-256-2118 x4178
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