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Maple Highlands

By lindadegreen in June, 2015

We ride sections of this trail frequently. Mostly the Chardon and Middlefield areas. The Mountain Station parking is well kept with restrooms and picnic tables. But for another treat ride trail to Rt. 44 and turn left, less than a 1/4 mile to enjoy a drink or meal at Bass Lake Tavern- outdoor patio seating in summer! The overall trail is flat and easy to navigate. Benches along the way provide breaks. Lots of wildlife and mother nature can be seen (cornfields, wildflowers, deer, turkey, etc.)

Extended path into Chardon

By eevee in June, 2015

First time for me to see and ride the newest extension. Very excited for the next phase to the rest of Mtn Run. Love it though heading south from Girdled provides a nice challenge. Thanks park district for your work. Very appreciated

Very enjoyable trail!

By jenhelenf in June, 2015

We started at Tare Creek in Middlefield and rode north to 322. The first few miles had some muddy spots since it had rained just a few days prior, but it was still a very enjoyable trail to ride. This section had two (newer) covered bridges and traveled through some very scenic countryside. It was very quiet and serene.

We were pleasantly surprised to see that the trail continues through the Grandview Country Club area such that we did not have to travel any roads (despite how it looks on the maps, it really does continue all the way up to the paved section north of State).

It was a great trail for beginners who aren't crazy about hills - even at the few road crossings, the trail was much more level than most others I've been on. I'm definitely looking forward to riding this one more.

Great trail!

By rowan in May, 2015

I ride this trail 3-5 times a week when the weather is warm. It is split into 3 sections:

North, Colburn Rd. to 5th Ave.
Central, South St/Mountain Run Station to Headwaters Park
South, Headwaters Park to Swine Creek Reservation

I only do the Central portion, round trip for this is about 17 miles if you start at Mountain Run Station. The North & Central portions are split by having to go through downtown Chardon, I'd rather not deal with the traffic. The South portion has been recently added, I have not tried it yet, but the fact that it is not paved and open to horses makes me leery of going on it. I might wait until the rainy season is over to make sure it is at least dry before testing it out.

The Central trail is very good for all kinds of bikes. The trails is paved and very flat for the most part. Slight incline depending on where you are on the trail, nothing strenuous. Scenery is beautiful, depending on the time of day you will see wildlife like wild turkeys, deer, geese, turtles, rabbits & snakes (there was a sighting of a bear a couple of years ago, very strange seeing the sheriff's car on the trail warning users). There are 4 roads you will cross, not much traffic on any of them except the Mayfield Rd. crossing - there is a paving company here with trucks entering/exiting the facility on both sides of the road after a recent expansion. Not too bad but you need to be careful. You will go over 3 covered bridges if you do the full Central portion of the trail.

Users of the trail for the most part are easy to get along with, everyone seems to follow the trail rules. Be sure to announce passing. The only place it bunches up is at Mountain Run Station & Headwaters Park. At times families or people who have never been on the trail are all over the path, can't seem to get the concept of the painted center line. The only time this is really bad is on holidays and weekends between 11-3ish. Early morning/evening is the best time to ride the trail in my opinion. There are facilities (relatively clean for what they are) at Mountain Run Station and a water spout at South St. Mountain Run Station also has a pavilion & picnic tables, nice place to hang out after a ride. Make sure you bring a cell phone and/or basic repair kit, if you break down you will not be near anywhere depending on where you are on the trail.

Should not even call this a bike trail!

By jayhike in April, 2015

Horrible! This should not even be called a bike trail. I imagine the northern section is nice, but we never got there!

DO NOT bother with the southern section out of Swine Creek. It is an AMISH BUGGY TRAIL/HORSE TRAIL only! The trail is so torn up and rutted that my mountain bike couldn't even get through. It is LOOSE limestone and an awful surface for bikes. We rode about 1/2 mile and put the bikes back on the car... wasted day.

To Geauga Parks Department: why would you allow horses and buggies on a bike trail? Bad idea.

Beautiful Trail!

By susan2014 in October, 2014

This was our first time biking this trail and we loved it! We did the middle portion, or the moutain run section, leaving out the north part near Rt 44 and the last 5 miles south of Headwater Park. I have not been biking in a while and the ride was perfect.

Trail was clean and in good shape. The parking lot just east of Mel Harder Park in Chardon has lot's of spaces, picnic tables and clean bathrooms.

The leaves of autumn were gorgeous and we saw a snake and lot's of wooly-bears on the trail! Picnicked at Headwaters Park and rode thru the park's trail to check out the camping options (nice!). Great day.....will be back with the kids!

Hard to find

By hartleyfam in July, 2014

This is a lovely asphalt trail with wonderful covered bridges over roads and the Cuyahoga River. However, the north and south sections are not connected, the road to the north trailhead was closed, with no signs pointing to a detour for the trailhead, and we had to drive around for quite a while before we found Mountain Run Park which is the trailhead for the southern section just south of downtown Chardon. We got the feeling that Chardon didn't want us there. The trail itself is very nice, but hard to find.

Our day on the trail

By mcantor71 in July, 2014

The trail is clean and well kept, and when you are not enclosed by tall wood fences, which happen to line a good portion of the trail, the scenery is great.

My kids (10 and 13) and I like to mix hiking and exploring while biking and there was no opportunity along the trail to do so. However, At the end of the trail or beginning (depending where you started) the Headwaters park is a nice place relax.

It's perfect if you just want to Bike or run.

great multi-purpose trail for all levels

By tina.bickel in July, 2014

Flat, smooth, shaded, scenic, and normally not over-crowded. A great place to walk, rollerblade, bike, and more. Nice picnic are at the Chardon trail head and also the chance to visit east branch to relax along the lake.

One of the best so far!

By mikeandvicki in June, 2014

Nice asphalt, covered bridges, rest stop along the trail...just all around nice trail. We parked at Headwaters Park and went to the City of Chardon, stopping at the park / rest stop along the way. We were disapointed that we could not locate where the trail continued. Once we got to Chardon, it was busy traffic on the main drag. So it ended up being a short ride 8 miles ish from Headwaters to Chardon and back. Enjoyed the THREE covered bridges with cement to ride on. We stopped at the Rotary Pavilion for a break (it was un-used at the time). There are map signs along the trail but they didn't show the link between upper trail and lower. Mike & Vicki, June 2014

Maple Highlands Extension

By dave333 in May, 2014

The construction of a link to join the north and southern sections of the trail is almost complete, it runs from the end of the north trail on route 44 to Mel Harder Park, now you can bike ride or hike til your hearts content.

By dariusmdev in May, 2013

Mountain Run Station

By youker in May, 2013

Great day and great trail. The Mountain Run Station trail head in Chardon is just 100 yards east of the Mel Harder Baseball Park on Chardon Windsor Road. Youker

Great ride!

By jeff_g in November, 2012

Maple Highlands Trail is a great ride. I love the section from Rt 44 to Headwaters Park. Trail users (bicycle and pedestrians) are very respectful of each other. The trail is well kept and the scenery is great. It’s a nice 17.5-mile ride (round trip) and stopping off at the lake at the end of or in the middle or the ride (depending where you start off) provides a very beautiful and relaxing place to have a snack and a drink of water. Highly recommend a visit.

Perfect afternoon ride

By jkheaver in August, 2012

Ended up with a couple hours on a warm afternoon - jumped on the trail - good amount of sun and shade - flat and well kept - covered bridges are a nice touch

One of the best trails in Ohio!!!

By rexbolt in May, 2010

The portion of the trail from Mountain Run Station to Headwaters Park is great. Well maintained, small hills, a few road crossings. I ride this trail about 3 times a week. Here's a hint: for some off-road fun, head east down 322 (Mayfield Rd) to till you hit the North entrance of the park. It's a great packed gravel ride down to the lake with lots of hills, I can get up to 30mph on a mountain bike going down some of the hills.

Maple Highlands Trail - AWESOME!!!

By bikin-mike in April, 2010

The Maple Highlands Trail is very well maintained. Paved the entire length with 3 beautiful small covered bridges. We especially like the section from Mountain Run Station to Headwaters Park. Some nice railroad history signs at Mountain Run. A few small hills at some road crossings. Slight uphill climb heading North into Chardon. Great trail and we recommend it to everyone.

Gen of a trail

By Kristin Firth in September, 2009

It should be noted that the north section ends where a Lake County trail to the north continues for a ways to GIrdled Road (then there is a break where cyclists have to go on the road to connect with the remainder of the trail in Lake County).

The section of trail southeast of Chardon toward Middlefield is a lovely section of paved trail, passing though three covered bridges (new--constructed as part of the bike path). It is fairly level, though there is a mild grade back into Chardon. This trail is a real gem, passing through quiet wooded and marshy areas. I've seen deer and wild turkeys, along with the usual human traffic of cyclists, walkers, in-line skaters, parents with strollers, and occasionally local cross-country teams! That makes it sound busy, but depending on the time of day it can be a very peaceful, quiet ride.