Riotous colors of wildflowers paint Cleveland Metroparks landscapes like an artist's canvas during spring and summer. In fall, trees take center stage as they trade green leaves for gold, and when the snow begins to fall, hearty winter plants thrive under Northeast Ohio's echoing winters. Learn more about the region's plants by uncovering little-known facts and useful tips about plants in your community.
Enjoy the challenging trails, scenic streams and sprawling forest of Bedford reservation.
Big Creek Reservation serves primarily as an urban greenway, which winds along Big Creek through the southwest suburbs of Cuyahoga County.
This swamp forest boasts hiking trails, walking paths, Bunns Lake and a monarch butterfly waystation.
Brecksville Reservation, the largest of the 18 Cleveland Metroparks reservations, offers scenic overlooks and historical landmarks.
Brookside Reservation is 132 acres of diverse wildlife refuge, recreational opportunities, and optimal picnicking areas.
View the county’s largest waterfall, enjoy the rich deep woodlands, green space, and vibrant songbirds of Garfield Park Reservation.
The reservation is dominated by the 90-acre Hinckley Lake, enjoyed by ice fishermen in the winter months.
From beaches to boat ramps, fitness trails to fishing piers, Lakefront Reservation is a true gem in the “Emerald Necklace”
Marvel at the flowing streams and ride down Ohio’s tallest, fastest toboggan chutes.
Explore one of the original corridors of the Emerald Necklace at North Chagrin reservation. Scenic views of the Chagrin River await.
Explore a portion of the historic 309-mile Ohio & Erie canal. Scenic beauty and fishing opportunities await.
Long and narrow, this reservation follows the winding course of the Rocky River from Berea into Lakewood near Lake Erie.
Explore one of the most biologically diverse reservations in Cleveland Metroparks at South Chagrin reservation.
Home to a nine-hole golf course, two historic memorials and several athletic fields, this reservation has something for everyone.
West Creek is 326 acres of rocky gorges, forest-draped hillsides, floodplains and babbling brooks.
Wander through a dense maze of giant trees in this stunning example of an old growth beech-maple forest.
A wooded, 0.7 mile trail leads to the pond, stocked with channel catfish, sunfish and largemouth bass.
Bluebird Point is a viewing area along an easily accessible all purpose loop trail at the top of a 22-acre landfill.
Immerse yourself in the spectacular cascading falls surrounded by hardwoods and hemlocks.
Brookside Overlook provides a scenic bird’s-eye-view of lower Brookside Reservation’s ball fields and Big Creek as it joins Cuyahoga River.
Bunns Lake was created to provide a waterfowl habitat and provide fishing opportunities. It’s the perfect spot for nature lovers.
Experience the unique geology and scenic waterfall of North Chagrin at Buttermilk Falls Scenic Overlook.
Celebrate the return of spring and Buzzards at Hinckley Reservation every year on March 15.
Take in the beauty of the creek flowing through the gorge left behind by the glaciers that once covered this area.
Explore this beautiful geological site in any season. You may even see a white-tailed deer and find out how Deer Lick Cave got its name.
Soak up the sun and sand while admiring the city’s skyline. Swim, picnic, walk the dog or kick the ball around.
Engle Road Sled Riding Hill is an excellent hill for beginner sledders.
These stairs believed to be created by the Early Woodland Indians were restored to provide a scenic view of Rocky River.
Foster’s Run is a beautiful trail combining an old roadway and new all purpose trail. Enjoy a variety of year-round exercise opportunities.
Enjoy stunning views and visit the former saw and grist mills, as well as a viaduct that carried trains over Tinker’s Creek.
This long-term ephemeral landmark is a piece of cultural history immersed in nature by the riverside.
Jackson Field is home to abundant plant and animal species that thrive in our fields, wetlands, and forests.
The largest remaining glacial wetland in Cuyahoga County, Lake Abram makes up 80 acres of unique and critical wildlife habitat.
This birding hotspot was once a “kettle lake” sculpted by glaciers during the Ice Age.
Enjoy the breathtaking view of Tinker’s Creek Valley as you hike along the woodland or all-purpose trails.
Mill Creek Falls, Cuyahoga County’s tallest waterfall, is located in Cleveland. Mill Creek Falls stands at 48 feet tall. Come walk the 2-mile all...
The Overlook Bridge is located at a terminus of the all-purpose trail and offers scenic views of the West Creek.
Perkins Beach is located at the bottom of a 60ft bluff just north of Cliff Drive. It is accessible from the stairs off of the circular Perkins...
Enjoy a diverse variety of insect life and wildflowers throughout the seasons.
Running from University Rd. to Carter Rd. this area features public fishing access, a river observation deck and fish habitat breeding areas.
Enjoy a serene day of fishing. Two fishing platforms allow you to observe aquatic wildlife.
The Strongsville Wildlife Area allows park visitors the opportunity to observe wetland wildlife, including birds and bats.
This planted 4-acre tall grass prairie is a unique ecosystem with incredible plant and animal diversity.
Tinker's Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook is a National Natural Landmark and offers a spectacular vista particularly in the fall.
Soak in the scenic view of the east branch of the Rocky River just before it enters Hinckley Lake.
The only place in Northeast Ohio that permits rock climbing. Explore the massive exposed sandstone ledge located off State Road.
Worden’s Ledge features carvings of historical figures done by Noble Stuart along the exposed sand ledge.
Learn about the animals that call the Ohio & Erie Reservation home with one of our naturalists.
Experience the TowPath in the evening and look for signs of wildlife that roams around at night.
Hey kids! Get ready for some wet and wild fun as we discover the amazing properties of water...
How many plants and animals can we find this week? We’ll learn about birds, bugs, and aquatic...
Explore West Creek and learn how to contribute to real science, while learning about our local...
Float along the river and view both the wildlife and the local plants that live along the river.