Explore the most popular trails near Cleveland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


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14 days ago

Rather beautiful for a walk in the city, with broad, mostly paved trails, wooded parts, meadows, a good vista of the lake a few miles away. No one else walking on a hot Labor Day afternoon. What looked like a good sized family reunion in one of the pavilion spaces.

17 days ago

The wooded trail areas seem to be unmaintained. Upper Highlands trail was unmarked and blocked by fallen trees. Small overlook of the east branch across from the playground was also unmarked and in need of some upkeep.

The all purpose trail, playgrounds, picnic tables, and basketball courts are popular and frequently in use, even during the work week.

This park is a wonderful place to find solitude. Plenty of wildlife to cross your path as you make your way around the loop. In the middle is the Monarch Trail where you will meet many types of insects. Great escape close to the city with plenty of enjoyable views over looking the lake.

Great place to enjoy nature and get lost in thought. A boardwall and a few rought trails make it a perfect mix.

Nice paved trail not too much traffic on the trail but you do pop out to cross a busy street. Lot’s of boardwalks and a few bridges. Good information signs throughout. I thought the trail was clearly marked and easy to follow. Abram’s Lake was a heavily grassed and reeded over depression rather than a lake. Pretty nonetheless.

love walking this one.

Good for beginners. Also nice if you don’t have a lot of time that day but want to get out and walk
Ducks on lake are fun to watch

Today I went to Fort Hills Earthworks Trail which is made up of numerous separate trails that create a unorthodox loop. I added one extra lap on the far west end of the trail, using the short cut, for training. Quick hike that has a lot to offer.

It's a well groomed, easy trail with beautiful views of the city and lake. Lots of birds and wildflowers make it an enjoyable walk.

Really enjoyed the trails and the steps. Wow! Just don’t go after rainfall one of the trail was flooded over although I removed my shoes and socks to walk across it was only ankle deep but the bird trail was a bit muddy but walkable. Definitely recommend this trail.

3 months ago

The trail has some very nice views an a good portion is paved, but 1/3 of the trail is dirt and poorly marked. The surrounding park is very nice play, especially for kids. The full loop isn't quite worth it though.

This trail is paved and great for kids. You will pass by a few lakes as well. Good for exercise.

Great view of the city and the lake- and beautiful wildflowers too!

trail running
3 months ago

This is a great place to get some miles in close to home. There are a few muddy spots, but compared to a lot of trails around this time of year, I think it’s in pretty good shape.

I love to trail run and this place is excellent for that. It’s not really remote so if that’s what you’re looking for, this isn’t the place. There are some nice wooded areas to the trail, but overall the best part is getting exercise off the tow path or concrete.

Beautiful and quiet - not a lot of people on this trail on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Went off the parkway path into the woods - climbed some of nature’s stairs. Quite serene

trail running
4 months ago

The stairs are a really great workout, but the rest of the trail is so-so. It can get very muddy and there's not any spectacular scenery that I've found. Even so, I keep coming back for those stairs!

Quick, Easy trails with good views of the city on the west side of the trail head with a nice seating area. No dogs but it’s refreshing to not have to fit everyone to be there. Wild life if you pay attention. Bench throughout the area to just enjoy being outside and watching birds.

it was cool: lots of trail options, but you can still tell your in a city.

4 months ago

Very poorly marked trail. we followed the green stripes designating the trail as detailed on the map at Southwest Hospital and ended up at Bagley and Big creek Blvd, two miles east of our starting point. making our "short" 1.5 mile walk with our two year old grandson a grueling trek for all of us. We never saw the lake,which was our whole reason for going. Someone needs to put some signs up and create a map that makes sense. Very poorly thought out. We are veteran hikers with over 50 years experience on trails all over the country and have never had problems like this before.

I walked this trail for the first time - in the cold - and loved every second. Having that awesome view of the lake makes this trail second to none. A+++.

No dogs...the views are nice but each lap is only 1.5 miles. Think I like edge water better.

6 months ago

different routes if the stairs r 2 challenging. ..n ur woodsy area, nature center free nearby

7 months ago

Cute trail in the winter, definitely will have to come back in the warm weather. Loved the boardwalks.

Nice short hike right by my house - paved in some areas and forested in others. Great if you're in the area and want to get an hour or so of a walk in. Saw a hawk as soon as I got out of my car and almost always see deer. In the summer expect it to be very busy as there are baseball fields.

10 months ago

not a lot of birds Wildlife but a crap load of people but that's a good thing because that's what they're for people to walk around not so much good birding very bad for that

Great paved path, along with a hiking path across the street where it's a little more peaceful. Pristine and clean, the Cleveland Metroparks system is one of the best in the country.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

This is not a moderate difficulty single trail. It's actually a collection of short choppy easy trails that are poorly marked. The stairs are by far the best part of this trail. The rest I could have done without.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Good workout with those steep stairs! We went in the spring after the snow melted so the trails were pretty muddy - not sure how they are in other seasons.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I gave this a three star because I am sure some people would like this trail, but not me. The trail is nice, but all paved. I prefer to be in the woods on dirt. I prefer hiking shoes to be recommended. This is a running and biking trail. Lots of traffic from joggers and people riding bikes. Again, maybe this will appeal to some people, but not me. I made it a mile in before I lost interest. I turned around and never finished.

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