The striking rock Ledges create a plateau at a high point in the Cuyahoga Valley uplands. The Ledges Trailhead sits on the top of the plateau. The connector trail behind the bulletin board leads to the 1.8-mile Ledges Trail. It circles the plateau and provides stunning views of the Sharon Sandstone and Conglomerate rock formation.
This area was part of the Ritchie Farm in the 1800s. Cleveland industrialist Haywood Kendall purchased the farm for a private retreat. Upon his death in 1927, he willed it to the people as a place for outdoor recreation. It became a state park named for Haywood’s mother, Virginia Kendall.
Akron Metropolitan Park District (now Summit Metro Parks) took over operation of the park during the Great Depression. The park district recruited the Civilian Conservation Corps to develop the park. Crews built the parking, trails, shelters, and large grassy playfield. It became part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park after 1974.
Today, visitors can walk the trails and then linger at the many wooded picnic sites. The Ledges Shelter is available to rent for family reunions and other events. The grassy playfield invites running, kite flying, and other fun.
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