2015 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 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
Beyer’s Pond Loop Trail 0.7 miles (1)
Take I-71 to Rt. 42 (Pearl Rd.), turn right on Whitney, turn right on Big Creek Parkway, then left on Main Street. This easy level, woodchip trail circles Beyer’s Pond which attracts abundant wildlife such as ducks, geese, frogs and dragonflies. Easy place to take side trips and add steps to your walk.
Deer Lick Loop Trail 4 miles (3)
Take I-77 to Rt. 82 east. Turn right on Chippewa Creek Dr. Start at Brecksville Nature Center and follow the Deer Lick Loop Trail signs. The unusual sandstone rock formation of Deer Lick Cave make this long rugged hike worth the trip.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Squirrel Run Trail 2.4 miles (2)
Take I-90 to East 185th Street. Turn left on East 185th Street and cross Euclid Avenue. Turn right on Euclid Creek Parkway. Start at Welsh Woods Picnic Area and head north to Highland Road, then return to Welsh Woods Picnic Area. This rolling trail threads through hardwood forest.
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.
Hemlock Loop Trail .8 miles (1)
Take I-90 to Crocker-Basset exit. Go north on Crocker Road to Wolf Road. Turn right on Wolf Road. Turn left on Porter Creek Drive, then right at the "Y". Start at the trailhead north of the parking lot. Head into the woods, then turn right. Go left at the next sign for a spectacular vista of Porter Creek.
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
North Chagrin Reservation
Foster's Run Trail 3 mile (2)
Take I-271 to Wilson Mills Road. Go east on
Wilson Mills Road. Turn left into Wilson Mills parking lot. Follow the all
purpose trail north to Forest Picnic Area. Walk along the meandering headwater
stream of the Chagrin River with small vernal pools to the sides with trees and
shrubs creating shade and cover. Follow the same path back.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Towpath Trail 4 miles (2)
Take I-77 to Grant Avenue. Go west on Grant Avenue. Turn left on E. 49th Street. Turn right on to 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
Fort Hill Trail 1.3 miles (3)
Take I-480 to Clague Road exit. Go south on Clague Rd. Turn right on Mastick Road then left on Shephard Lane. Turn right into Rocky River Nature Center parking lot. Walk past Rocky River Nature Center and look for signs
Fort Hill Trail. Climb to the top of Fort Hill,
which earned its name from its ancient earthworks. Views of the Rocky River,
100 feet below, are wonderful all year
South Chagrin Reservation
Sulphur Springs Loop Trail 1.1 miles (2)
Take 422 east. Go north on Route 91 (SOM Center Road) exit, turn right on
Hawthorne Parkway. Turn left on Sulphur
Springs Drive and turn left into the Sulphur Springs Picnic Area parking lot. Start
at the Sulphur Springs Trailhead. This hilly trail through a forest cut by a
cold-water stream is more typical of a northern climate.
West Creek Reservation
All Purpose Trail 1 miles (1)
Take I-480 to State Road (south), turn left
on W. Ridgewood Drive and turn right into West Creek Reservation. Park at the Watershed Stewardship
Center. Start at Monarch Bluff Picnic Area. Travel downhill past a series of biowales
and constructed wetlands to see waterfowl, frogs and dragonflies. Walk toward
the river gorge past a stand of sycamore trees to Bluebird Point Overlook for a
view of the restored meadow.