South Chagrin Reservation All Purpose Trail

Ohio

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South Chagrin Reservation All Purpose Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Cuyahoga
Length: 7.1 miles
Trail end points: Richmond Road and Hawthorn Parkway and Sulpher Springs Drive and Hawthorn Parkway
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10484975
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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South Chagrin Reservation All Purpose Trail Description

The South Chagrin Reservation All Purpose Trail offers a paved route just over 7 miles through its namesake park in northeastern Ohio. From its western end on Richmond Road, the trail follows Hawthorn Parkway, passing Sunset Pond as it heads northward. The surrounding landscape is largely residential, buffered by wooded areas, and you will have a few well-marked street crossings.

About midway, the trail turns eastbound and you'll come across the Harper Ridge Picnic Area, where there is a parking lot and restrooms. The trail ends in a loop around the Shelter House Picnic Area. Coming off the loop, you can access the park's bridle trail system and a hiking path that leads down to the Chagrin River and a sandstone carving called Squaw Rock.

Parking and Trail Access

Several parking lots are available within the South Chagrin Reservation. On the west end of the trail, parking is available at Sunset Pond. Mid-trail, parking and restrooms are available at the Harper Ridge Picnic Area. On its east end, parking is available at the Shelter House Picnic Area.

South Chagrin Reservation All Purpose Trail Reviews

No matter whether you start from the southwest or northeast end of this trail you will find yourself climbing. This is because the trail crosses over the ridge that separates the watersheds of the Chagrin River to the east and Tinkers Creek to the west. Of course, once you pass the Harper Ridge Picnic Area near the trail's midpoint then it is downhill the rest of the ride. The climbs are not necessarily difficult, but their are a few short spots where the gradient in all likelihood exceeds 7%. I mention this as many TrailLink users will find that this trail is definitely not a rail trail with gentle climbs.

Much of this trail runs through a thin park green space that surrounds the Hawthorn Parkway which connects the Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation with the Bedford Reservation to the west. This connection between Cleveland Metroparks is part of a longer 75 mile route through the Cleveland Metroparks Reservations that surround downtown Cleveland known as the Emerald Necklace. Because this particular trail runs through this thin green space between the two aforementioned parks the more interesting sights found in the South Chagrin Reservation are found in the larger park on the eastern end of the trail, though many if these attractions require hikes off the trail to see them.

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