As of spring 2012, the Maple Highlands Trail consists of 2 separate segments totaling 12.4 miles. A third is planned. The trail follows portions of an abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor through a mostly rural landscape, heavily wooded in places.
The north section parallels State Route 44 for 4.2 miles between Girdled Road and Chardon city limits at Mentor Road and SR 44. Between Township Highways 77 and 78, a spur trail heads east to a parking lot at 9280 Ravenna Road.
The Mountain Run Station section of the Maple Highlands Trail runs 8.2 miles between South Street (SR 44) in Chardon and Headwaters Park. East of Claridon Road, a spur trail heads north to parking at the Mountain Run Station trailhead. The trail passes through woodlands, wetlands and cultivated fields.
When complete, the southern segment of the Maple Highlands Trail will run about 7 miles, continuing from the south end of Headwaters Park to Reeves Road in Parkman Township. Amish buggy traffic will also be permitted on this section.
Parking and Trail Access
For the northern section: From I-90, exit at SR 44, heading south 3.2 miles to Clark Road. Turn east on Clark and go to Ravenna Road; turn right and go about 1 mile to parking lot on the right (west). There's also room for a few cars at the northern end off Girdled Road.
For the Mountain Run section: From Chardon, take S. Hambden Street to Chardon-Windsor Road and turn right (south) just past Mel Harder Park. The trailhead parking lot is located at 12601 Chardon-Windsor Road, which will be on your left about 100 yards east of Mel Harder Park.
You can also park at Headwaters Park, 13365 Old State Road (Route 608).
Mountain Run Station
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
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) ...