In all of our excitement to get outside and hike, we have gotten a bit behind on writing and posting about our adventures.
|James A. Garfield Monument|
On Sunday, I joined my brother on a hike to North Chagrin Reservation. Unfortunately, it was another rainy day. There weren't many opportunities to view wildlife, but since it had been so long since I had been hiking at home, I was determined. I started from the Wilson Mills Rd. trail head. We took the Buckeye Trail to the Bridle Trail. From the Bridle Trail we took the Castle Valley Trail in hopes to get to Squire's Castle. Before we could get there, it started raining to the point where it was miserable so we turned around and hiked back to the car. Squire's Castle is a partially built gatehouse for a country estate that was never finished.
Throughout the park, there is a variety of hills and valleys to keep your feet entertained. One thing to keep in mind about all Metroparks is that they are multi-use. The trails were in dire need of maintenance Horses and their riders had pummeled the trails to the point that they were unwalkable in some areas. The only consolation was that the rain brought out the frogs. I could hear chorus frogs and spring peepers calling as we hiked. Since it was early spring, I am being forgiving and I know that the trails are much better in late spring and Summer and there are many places to explore.
So if you are ever in the Cleveland area, I urge you to check out the local parks. There are so many places to check out that you will not be disappointed.
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Looking ahead, we will soon have posts about Prince William Forest Park, our weekend at Croatan National Forest, and Tuckahoe State Park.
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