Penitentiary Glen Connector Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Penitentiary Glen Connector Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kirtland, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.7 miles
521 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers



old growth

Penitentiary Glen is a nice 1/2 paved pathway along a scenic gorge.

4 days ago

Great trails! Very accessible and great for the whole family! Took my nieces 5 & 7 and they did awesome and really enjoyed the hike. We saw squirrels, turtles, salamanders, etc. Stoney Brook waterfall was pretty but you don’t get to see it from straight on but you see it from the side views. Wish I was able to see it straight on. There are a lot of steps to hike down to and back up. The entire Penitentiary Glen was beautiful and super fun to explore. My nieces loved today! The Nature Center, the animals, the Nature Exploring Area, everything was wonderful! Great outdoors summer day!

25 days ago

Many different areas to explore and different terrain. A nice family hike.

3 months ago

I love this place. So much to see. Great photo ops. I always see lots of deer. Nice views too.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

We really enjoyed hiking here. There was a nice variety of woods area, stone walk and some pavement. I normally am not a fan of pavement, but there were quite a few areas that were muddy, slippery and at a pretty good incline, so the pavement was a welcome at the end of the hike.

It was a beautiful day today and great to see sunshine. There are quite a few different options to add or subtract some miles and a few nice elevation changes. It was very zen and peaceful, even though there were a lot of people.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nice trail with beautiful hemlock in places. Saw six deer during hike, all does. Get out and enjoy.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Plenty to see on and nearby the trail. Plenty for kids of all ages, especially at the nature center at the trail head where you can see wild animals being nursed back to health. Mostly gentle, with a few steep, but short rises in the trail. It's hard to see the namesake glen from the path.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great park!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Decent but not hard like the map claims. Lots of grass paths to walk through that can be pretty wet and tall at times.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Trails are always beautifully kept and well marked. Scenery is absolutely stunning with creeks, stone ruins, and valleys. There are several trails with varying terrains: paved, limestone, and a rugged bridle trail. A great trip year round!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

super nature center, check out the history of the Halle family home. Many trails to walk and very well maintained.

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