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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, heavily wooded in places.
The paved 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 then continues from Chardon through Headwaters Park, Grandview Golf Club, and down to Middlefield, where it ends near State Route 608/Old State Road and E. High Street. This paved stretch of trail passes through woodlands, wetlands and cultivated fields. East of Claridon Road, a spur trail heads north to parking at the Mountain Run Station trailhead on Chardon-Windsor Road.
After a short gap in Middlefield, the trail picks up again and ends a short distance later at Bridge Road/ County Road 125. This segment of trail is not paved.
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 middle 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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