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The Brecksville Reservation All Purpose Trail offers a pleasant paved pathway connecting the community of Brecksville with the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, a well-loved 81-mile route from Cleveland south to Bolivar. The Valley Parkway Connector Trail was completed in 2018 to extend the Brecksville Reservation Trail and fill in a gap in the trail network - now, trail users can continue their journey to the west along the Mill Stream Run Reservation All Purpose Trail and to even more trails in the Cleveland area.
On the eastern end, the trail forks, so there are two ways to access the trail: in the north from Chippewa Road in the heart of Brecksville and farther south from the Towpath trailhead. The northern route parallels Chippewa Creek Drive, while the southern route parallels Valley Parkway. The two trail routes meet in the middle when those two roadways join together as well and, from there, the trail heads west along Valley Parkway for the remainder of the route, out to the Mill Stream Run Reservation.
The trail traverses the heavily wooded Brecksville Reservation, an emerald jewel in northern Ohio which sprawls more than 3,000 acres. Be advised that the trail features a lot of ups and downs along the route, so be prepared to navigate some hills as the trail follows the pleasant, wooded roadside corridor. At its northern end, the trail continues along this wooded stream valley first along the Mill Stream Run Reservation for 9 miles and then for another 13 miles north along the Rocky River Reservation All-Purpose Trail.
Parking and restrooms available at the eastern end of the trail at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead, where the trail meets the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
In the north, parking is available at the Chippewa Creek Gorge Overlook at the intersection of Chippewa Road and Chippewa Creek Drive in Brecksville. There is also parking available at the intersection of Valley Parkway and Brecksville Road.
In between, there are parking areas throughout Brecksville Reservation (9000 Chippewa Creek Drive), which the trail traverses. On the western end of the trail, parking is available where the trail meets the Mill Stream Run Trail, just west of the intersection of Valley Parkway and Edgerton Road.
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