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The Maple Highlands Trail totals more than 20 miles. A majority of the trail follows an abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor through a mostly rural landscape with portions of the trail running through heavily-wooded areas.
The paved trail is divided into three sections: north, central and south. The northern section parallels State Route 44 between Colburn Road, where the trail transitions seamlessly into the Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor, and 5th Avenue in Chardon. Between Clark Road and Hosford Road, a spur trail heads east to a parking lot at 9280 Ravenna Road. The trail continues through Chardon, passing through the center of town on a connector trail completed in 2021, which closed a longtime gap along the trail's route.
The central section of the trail continues from Chardon southward. East of Claridon Road, a spur trail heads north to parking at the Mountain Run Station trailhead on Chardon-Windsor Road. The Claridon Woodlands Park has parking and permanent restrooms. The central section continues to Headwaters Park and Grandview Golf Club, where it transitions to the southern section.
The southern section proceeds down through Middlefield, where there is a trail gap near State Route 608/Old State Road and E. High Street, resuming after a well marked jog through town, at Johnston Street and S. Thompson Avenue. This stretch of trail passes through woodlands, wetlands and cultivated fields for a mile and a half or so, then a 1 mile length on Bridge Road/ County Road 125, terminating in the Swine Creek Reservation
Ultimately, the Maple Highlands Trail will extend from the Lake County line to Reeves Road in Parkman Township.
For the northern section: From Interstate 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 the parking lot on the right (west). There's also room for a few cars at a trailhead for the Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor off Girdled Road just north of the Maple Highlands Trail’s northern trailhead on Colburn Road.
For the central 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.
Parking can also be found at the trailhead in Headwaters Park at 13365 Old State Road/SR 608.
A new parking lot was added at Tare Creek Parkway, approximately 1/3 mile north of Middlefield.
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