I don't know if there are any other cities that have a similar park system covering such a large area, but the Cleveland Metroparks system, often referred to as the Emerald necklace, encircles Cleveland and its eastern, southern, and western suburbs with a natural system of reservations offering a staggering array of opportunities for people of all ages and physical capacities to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Because there are so many offerings, the best way to learn what's available is to visit the Cleveland Metroparks website and read through that. No matter what season of the year you visit, you are sure to find something beautiful to see, and fun to do. Biking and hiking trails are plentiful, there is golf, horseback riding, archery, fishing, etc. There are picnic spots, Nature Centers, programs, classes. Too much to list here. People who are lucky enough to live near an entrance to the Parks will return often, but even one who visits Cleveland infrequently, or even just once, should make an effort to get out into one of these Reservations and enjoy nature almost in the heart of a bustling, busy, urban location. How lucky we are that some people had the foresight to set aside such a large parkland for the enjoyment and education of its citizens.
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