Recommended Hikes

Trek on over to the park for some great hiking along our recommended trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Don't forget a snack and water!

Ledges Overlook
Ledges Overlook

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The Ledges Overlook

Location: Ledges Trail
Trailhead: 405 Truxell Road, Peninsula 44264
Distance: ~ 200 Yards
Elevation: Flat
Interest: This is probably the most popular overlook in the park and for good reason. This rock outcropping gives an unobstructed view across the valley facing west. From the parking lot, walk to the southwest corner of the grass field (the shelter is north of the parking lot). Sunsets offer some of the most impressive photos. Hike the 2.2 mile loop trail if you have the time.

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Brandywine Falls Family
View of Brandywine Falls from the boardwalk.

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Brandywine Falls

Location: Brandywine Gorge Trail
Trailhead: 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills 44067
Distance: 1.5 Mile Loop Trail
Elevation: 160 Feet
Interest: The trail offers great spots to explore the creek and relax by the flowing waters. There is a bridge to the other side. The loop starts where the boardwalk, parking lot, and old gravel road meet. Brandywine Falls looks spectacular when covered in fallen leaves.

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Bedford Reservation Overlook
Tinker's Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook

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An Accessible Overlook

Location: Bedford Reservation - Tinker's Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook
Trailhead: 1.5 miles east of Dunham Rd. on Gorge Parkway, Walton Hills 44146
Distance: Negligible
Elevation: Flat
Interest: Tinker's Creek Gorge is a National Natural Landmark. This overlook will show you why. This viewing area is located next to the parking lot. Consider using the All Purpose Trail to do some exploring or combine this with a trip to Bridal Veil Falls (rough surface trail).

Blue Hen Falls
Blue Hen Falls

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Blue Hen Falls
The Buckeye Trail to Blue Hen Falls is now closed for approximately 120 days until Wednesday September 15th for trail improvements.

Location: Buckeye Trail
Trailhead: Boston Mill Visitor Center, 6947 Riverview Road, Peninsula 44236
Distance: 3 Mile Loop
Elevation: 200 Feet
Interest: Hike 1.5 miles up the Buckeye Trail, cross Boston Mills Road, then 1/2 mile down a steep hill. An overhanging plate of sandstone protrudes from the underlying shale. The small stream falls about fifteen feet from its edge. Enjoy a rest on the bench overlooking the waterfall before heading back up the short, but steep hill and back down the Buckeye Trail to your car. Continue north on the Buckeye Trail for an additional 2 miles to come to a beautiful creek bend surrounded by hemlocks.

  • This hike requires an unmarked road crossing. Please cross with caution.
  • Do not park or walk along Boston Mills road.

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I 80 Overlook from the Buckeye Trail
I-80 Overlook from the Buckeye Trail

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I-80 Overlook

Location: Buckeye Trail
Trailhead: Boston, 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula 44264
Distance: 1.5 Miles Total (out and back)
Elevation: ~150 feet
Interest: Head south on the Towpath Trail from the Boston trailhead. Turn Left onto the Buckeye Trail at the trailhead between the interstate bridges. Follow the trail into the woods and continue up the hill until you reach the fence overlooking I-80. Sure it is noisy but the view is great. A little cropping in the photo and you might just forget about the highway.

Old Carriage Overlook
Old Carriage Trail Overlook

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Old Carriage Overlook

Location: Old Carriage Trail (North end)
Trailhead: Station Road Bridge Trailhead 9141 Riverview Road, Brecksville 44141

Trailhead: Red Lock Trailhead 1175 Highland Road, Sagamore Hills 44067
Distance: 1.5 Miles one-way from either trailhead
Elevation: ~120 Feet
Interest: This is a neat spot that is worth the effort. Hike from either trailhead following the Towpath to the intersection with the Old Carriage Trail. There are two intersections for Old Carriage with the Towpath Trail. A quarter mile up the hill from the northern entrance there is a trailhead marked "overlook" to the left. The trail will end at a loop and a bench. Follow the social trail that leads down the hill from the bench. It ends at a steep break in the trees. Visit this spot after the leaves have fallen for a better view.

Tree Farm Trail View
Tree Farm Trail View

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Tree Farm Trail View

Location: Horseshoe Pond/Tree Farm Trail
Trailhead: 2075 Major Road, Peninsula 44264

Distance: 2.75 Miles for the whole loop
Elevation: 80 Feet
Interest: Follow the Tree Farm Trail clockwise from the pond for a shorter trip to the view point. The trail will break out into a meadow with a nice view toward Peninsula and of the tree line to the southwest. Please respect private property by sticking to the trail. The tree rows belong to Heritage Farms and are not open to the public.


Tips for Hiking With Children

- Dress children in layers and bring clothing for changing weather conditions.
- Bring along a liter of water per person and a snack.
- Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Avoid fragrant lotions that may attract insects.
- Choose a hike that is appropriate for your child; not too long. Keep your trip fun.
- Take frequent breaks when hiking with young children. It gives them time to rest and explore.
- Bring along a camera. Pictures will help them remember the experience.
- Take time to talk with children and encourage them to explore things along the trail.

Tips For Hiking With Dogs

- Keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet.
- Keep your dog under control.
- Pick up your dog's waste and carry it out.
- Plan for your pet's needs by bringing along a bowl, water, and a snack.


Last updated: June 3, 2021

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