Just because the thermometer is hovering at the below freezing mark, it’s no excuse to be cooped up in the house. Dress up in your winter togs and hit the trails at your winter wonderland Cleveland Metroparks. There are a variety of free programs that explore the snowy trails and frozen wonders of the winter season.
Hiking for the Young at Heart
January 4th, 9:30 to 11:30 A.M.
Eastland Road Trailhead, Big Creek Reservation
Did you resolve to take more winter walks this year to keep in shape? Here is the perfect opportunity to get started. The Lake to Lake Trail is a mostly level easy to traverse trail. Join Naturalist Debra Shankland on a search for winter wildlife. Eastland Road Trailhead is located on Eastland Road, just north of Bagley Road in Berea. For details, call 440-526-1012
Cabin Fever Hike
Sunday, January 9th, 1:30 to 3:00 P.M.
South Quarry Picnic Area, Mill Stream Run Reservation
Join Naturalist Gretchen Motts in an exploration of the river and fields in the South Quarry area in Mill Stream Run. South Quarry Picnic Area is located off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, south of Bagley Road in Berea. For more information, call 440-734-6660
Wonderful Winter Hike
January 9th, 2:00 to 3:00 P.M.
Garfield Park Nature Center, Garfield Reservation
Discover the winter beauty of Garfield Park with a vigorous hike. Seek out signs of local wildlife and enjoy nature during this quiet time of the year. After the hike you’ll be rewarded with a toasty warm fire and a cup of hot cocoa. Garfield Park Nature Center is located off Mill Creek Lane, off the Broadway Avenue entrance of Garfield Park Reservation in Garfield Heights. For more information, call 216-341-3152.
Hike and Fireside Chat
January 12th and 19th, 1:00 to 2:30 P.M.
Rocky River Nature Center, Rocky River Reservation
Not getting enough winter exercise? Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt for a fast paced hike to get your blood flowing. The trail taken will depend on the weather conditions. Afterwards, relax by the fireside with a nice cup of tea and conversation. Rocky River Nature Center is located at 24000 Valley Parkway in Rocky River Reservation, north of Cedar Point Road in North Olmsted. For more information, call 440-734-6660
Five Mile Hike
January 15th, 9:30 to 12:30 P.M.
North Chagrin Nature Center, North Chagrin Reservation
Even if the weather outside is frightful, hiking can still be delightful. Bundle up and join Naturalist Angelee Hillsman for a five mile hike. Following the hike, hot cocoa will be offered. North Chagrin Nature Center is located off Buttermilk Falls Parkway, off the Sunset Lane entrance of North Chagrin Reservation, off SOM Center Road/Route 91 in Mayfield Village. For more information, call 440-473-3370
January 16th, 2:00 to 3:30 P.M.
Strawberry Picnic Area Parking Lot, North Chagrin Reservation
Your four legged best friend needs to get out in the brisk winter air also. What better way than a hike that combines exercise and socialization. The hike will be through the wooded trails of the North Chagrin Reservation. Dogs must be on a leash. North Chagrin Reservation is located off Buttermilk Falls Parkway, off the Sunset Lane entrance of North Chagrin Reservation, off SOM Center Road/Route 91 in Mayfield Village. For more information call 440-473-3370