Photo by Patrick Stepanek

Chapin Forest Reservation

Address: 9938 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland, Ohio

Size: 390 Acres

Sources: http://www.lakemetroparks.com/parks/chapin-forest.shtml

Part of the expansive Lake County Metroparks system, Chapin Forest Reservation preserves nearly 400 acres of dramatic rock features and beautiful forests. 6 miles of trails go through the park, passing mature forests of Maple, Oak, Hemlock, Beech and Tulip Trees. The centerpiece of the park is the quarry pond, which can be taken in from the cliffs surrounding it. These cliffs provide one of the most breathtaking vistas in Ohio, and can give you views of the Cleveland skyline on clear days.

Trails:

Stonecutters loop:

1 mile, Easy

Loop trail that goes from the Quarry Picnic area Trailhead to the long abandoned Stannard Quarry.


Turkey Trail:

.8 miles, Moderate to Difficult

Trail can be accessed from the Ledges or Forest picnic area trailheads. Trail passes over rugged hills and through deep mature forests


Whispering Pines trail:

.25 miles, Easy

Short dirt and grass trail that passes through a forest of evergreen trees that was once part of a State Forest


Arbor Lane trail loop:

1.25 miles, Moderate

Heavily forested trail that you can bike, hike, or horse ride on. Trail begins at the Hobart Road Trailhead


Beech Woods loop trail:

1 mile, Moderate

Short trail that you can access from the Hobart Road Trailhead. Trail passes through a forest of Beech Trees


Lucky Stone loop trail:

1.5 miles, Moderate to Difficult

Considered the best trail in the park by many, this trail begins at both the Ledges picnic area Trailhead and Arbor lane loop trail. Trail takes you to a scenic overlook of the quarry.