2013 Walking Works Hikes
Rating: (1) = Easy (2) = Moderate (3) = Strenuous
Egbert Loop Trail 1.1 mile (1)
Take I-271 to Broadway/Forbes exit. Go north on Broadway to Union Street, veer left onto Union Street. Turn left on Egbert Road then turn right on Gorge Parkway. Start at Egbert Picnic Area then walk along an upper ridge that takes you through a woodland forest above Tinker’s Creek Valley.
Big Creek Reservation
Lake to Lake Trail 4.6 miles (1)
Take I-71 to Rt. 42 (Pearl Rd.), go north on Pearl Road, left on Fowles Road, then turn left on Big Creek Parkway to Lake Isaac Trailhead. Start at Lake Isaac, a glacial pothole lake which is an important waterfowl refuge, and go north toward Lake Abram. Take the same trail for the return trip.
Wildflower Loop Trail .75 miles (2)
Take I-77 to Rt. 82 east. Turn right on Chippewa Creek Dr. Start at Brecksville Nature Center and follow the Wildflower Loop Trail signs. Explore a stream valley and visit the Harriet Keeler Memorial. Spring wildflowers are labeled on the trail through June.
All Purpose Trail 2.5 miles (3)
Take I-480 to Ridge Road. Go north on Ridge Road to John Nagy Blvd. then straight to the Event Site Shelterhouse parking lot. Walk across the bridge that leads to a large parking lot. Go up steps on left and follow the sidewalk. Walk down the wooden ramp, cross over the bridge. Turn right and follow the all purpose trail (APT) west along John Nagy Blvd. At bend in trail turn left and go up the hill. A wetland area will be on your right. Go left at “Y” past the playground. Keep to the left. At the next “Y” go right. At the “T” turn right. Keep right, pass the playground again and go over the bridge. Take the steps down to the ball fields to the shelterhouse.
Garfield Park Reservation
Mill Creek Falls Trail 2.5 miles (1)
Take I-480 to Broadway Ave. Turn right. Turn left on Garfield Park Boulevard. Follow the paved all purpose trail from Trolley Turn Picnic Area north to the awesome 48-foot Mill Creek Falls. Take the same trail for the return trip.
Hinckley Lake Loop Trail 3.4 miles (2)
Take I-71 to Rt. 303. Go east on Rt. 303 to Rt. 606 (Hinckley Hills Rd.) and turn right on Rt. 606 to Bellus Rd. Turn left at Bellus Rd. then turn right on West Dr. Start at Hinckley Lake Boathouse off West Drive. This trail provides many opportunities for viewing wading birds and waterfowl as it winds around Hinckley Lake.
Songbird Loop Trail .8 mile (1)
Take I-90 to Crocker-Basset exit. Go north on Crocker Road turn right on Wolf Road. Turn left on Porter Creek Drive, then right at “Y”. Start at Wolf Picnic Area behind the shelter.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Royalview Red Loop Trail 5.5 miles (3)
Take I-71 to Route 82. Turn east on Route 82. Turn right on Valley Parkway. Turn right on Royalview Lane and drive one mile to the top trailhead. Start at the Royalview Trailhead. Walk challenging slopes and ravines with dramatic river views through a quiet pine forest. This trail is shared with mountain bikes.
North Chagrin Reservation
Scenic Loop Trail 1.6 miles (2)
Take I-90 to Rt. 91 (SOM Center Rd). Turn left on Rt. 91. Turn left on Strawberry Lane. Start at Strawberry Pond Trailhead. This trail loops back and forth alongside many steep ravines.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Towpath Trail 4 miles (2)
Take I-77 to Grant Avenue exit. Go west on Grant Avenue. Turn left on E. 49th Street, then right on Whittlesey Way. Starting at CanalWay Center walk down the hill behind the center. Turn left after you cross the bridge. Continue your walk to the Aqueduct Gateway (Bacci Park) parking lot. Take the same trail for return trip.
Rocky River Reservation
Mount Pleasant Loop Trail 1.5 miles (2)
Take I-480 to Clague Road exit. Go south on Clague Road. Turn right on Mastick Road then left on Shepard Lane. Turn right into Rocky River Nature Center parking lot. Start behind Rocky River Nature Center. The trail crosses Shepard Lane. Enjoy this shaded trail as you hike along the wetlands up to an older oak forest.
Cottonwood Loop Trail .8 mile (1)
Take I-480 to Grayton Road exit. Go north on Grayton Road. Turn left on Puritas Avenue, then left on Valley Parkway. Start at Cottonwood Picnic Area. This level trail meanders through a flood plain forest. The former Trailside Museum, built in 1936, was located near here.
South Chagrin Reservation
Blue Heron Trail 6 miles (1)
Take 422 east. Go north on Route 91 (SOM Center Road) exit, then turn right on Route 87 (South Woodland Road). Start at the Polo Field parking lot and follow the bridle trail south. Cross under Chagrin Blvd. and follow the Blue Heron trail signs.This trail follows the Chagrin River meandering through fields and forest. Take the same trail for the return trip.