Lake Metroparks - Pete's Pond Preserve - 1.15-mile walking trail - parking behind Wickliffe High School

Pete's Pond Preserve

2255 Rockefeller Road
Wickliffe, OH 44092

Lon: 81°27'55.463"W
Lat: 41°36'1.554"N

Pete’s Pond Preserve offers 1.15-miles of improved trail for exercise and exploration. The woodlot has some older hardwood trees, including beech and sugar maple. The combination of forest, edge and fresh water has created a 70-acre oasis for suburban wildlife. Signs of squirrels, opossums, raccoons and various birds are likely to be enjoyed by those who walk this park.

Park information and trail map

Cooperative endeavor

A view of the trail in Pete's Pond PreserveA partnership between Wickliffe City Schools and Lake Metroparks makes this park possible through a cooperative endeavor; the school district owns the property and for $1, the park district leases and manages it for 10 years. The convenient location and quality of this natural area make it an ideal site for future land lab studies and school field trips for students of all ages.

When you visit Pete's Pond Preserve, tweet your thoughts about this park to @Lake_Metroparks and include #PetesPondPreserve in your message.

What's behind the name?

The park name comes from a former landowner and the 19-acre pond that was constructed sometime between 1947 and 1951. As Lake Metroparks builds its history of the park, staff is seeking old photos of the property as well as stories you may have about “Pete” and his pond. Simply submit your information to


70 acres. 1.15-miles of improved trail for exercise and exploration.


Take I-90 to Route 91 exit and turn right, north for 0.2 mile. Turn left at the Willoughby water tower onto Maplegrove. Turn left (west) onto Ridge Road (Route 84) for 1.4 mile. Turn left on Rockefeller Rd. for 0.2 mile. Pete's Pond Preserve is located on the left behind Wickliffe High School.

Use the school entrance drive entrance by the park sign. Proceed straight to the northeast corner of the school parking lot where ten parking spots are designated for park visitors to use.