Indian Signal Tree

Indian Signal Tree, Akron: Address, Indian Signal Tree Reviews: 4.5/5

Indian Signal Tree
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CayceCleveland_Ohio
Medina, OH176 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
Enter the park off Cuyahoga and turn left into the first parking lot. Go down the trail to the wonderful Signal Tree. It is a 300- 400 year old
Burr oak. It has three prongs, believed to have been created by the Native Americans to mark a portage trail between two river branches in
ancient times. Site of many ceremonies. Nice benches for contemplation. Porta- potties picnic area, hiking trails nearby. Peaceful and wonderful all year around!
Written April 30, 2014
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Soulcatcher5157
Tiffin, OH87 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
I love Ohio and have started exploring our state and discover so much history. This tree was formed by the Indians to mark the most Northeast point of what is called Portage Path. It is the path the Indians used to carry their canoes, for 8 miles, from the Cuyahoga River to Summit Lake. Google It :) VERY accessible. Nice paved parking lot and you walk past the bathrooms and you can see it. There is a 2.5 mile trail to continue if you are a hiker I recommend you Google it and see where it is tucked away ...The road on the maps is called PECK, but when you get to it, it is a township road I believe...but I found it pretty easily.
Written April 5, 2018
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Marisa C
Stow, OH142 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
I had heard of the Signal Tree but never thought much about it until I saw it in person. I was on a nature hike with my sister when she mentioned it was close by. I can't quite explain the serene and awe inspiring feeling you get just from standing by it. Go see it for yourself.
Written January 11, 2015
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happycampersClinton
Clinton68 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This tree was used as a sign marker for the Erie Indians and other using the canoe trail leading from Lake Erie inland to other hunting and fishing ground. The Signal tree is a local landmark close to the Cuyahoga River running north and south.
Written December 11, 2015
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shadyfolks
Cleveland, OH31 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
It is a neat old tree and a cool piece of history. The tree sit probably 500 feet from the parking lot. There are paths to take to the river and beyond.
Written March 13, 2015
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carolynjb330
Akron, OH377 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
You just have to take the hike to see it, it's worth every step! Although I took many photographs, standing in front of this great piece of history will be forever captured in my memory.
Written November 15, 2014
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UncommonWiner
Akron82 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
The Signal Tree is in and a part of our Metro Park System. It lies along the "portage path" between the rivers and was a beacon to Native Americans in an earlier time. Great hiking experience.
Written September 30, 2014
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Paul S
Marion1,565 contributions
Aug 2019
This is a old, tall tree within a few yards of the parking lot at the Chuckery area, but it is also so much more. It guided Indians, trappers, and settlers across the Ohio country before GPS was even dreamed of. It is amazing that it formed in such a strange manner. For anyone else out there who was shaped mostly by the 1980's, remember Romancing the Stone? This tree, at least to me, looks a lot like a key symbol on the Michael Douglas' treasure map in that movie , El Tenedor Del Diablo, the Devil's Fork. I thought there was no way a tree would actually grow like that, but here is the Indian Signal Tree to prove it possible! It doesn't help much now as the Cuyahoga River shifted course and now flows a quarter mile or so away but it is still impressive and I hope it survives for another century or two without being loved to death. When we visited, a couple had climbed over the wooden fence around it and were sitting between two of the trunks. Don't do that. The trail is not paved, but you can take a stroller, wheel chair or crutches as it is only about 50 yards from the parking lot (the first one with the rest room building and the signed trail, not the second one at the very end of the road). Also, there currently is no access to the CHuckery area and the signal tree on Cuyahoga Avenue from the south due to road construction closure. Follow the signed detour around to the north side of Cascade Park. Stop at the nature center and the grand canyon of the east overlook high above the oxbow bend, then make a left on Cuyahoga and go down the hill and over the river to reach the turnoff for the tree. There is about a 1/4 mile narrow one lane dirt section at the traffic light but it is not as rough as it looks and even the lowest clearance vehicle will be fine.
Written August 21, 2019
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TRAY
Akron, OH11 contributions
Jun 2019
Easy to get to in north Akron. The actual tree location is not well posted. Good history lesson regarding the indigenous people of this area. Once you get to the correct parking lot there are signs to lead the way. Fixed plaques educate you and commemorate the tree.
Written August 13, 2019
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BuckeyeAdventures
Cleveland, OH1,618 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
300-year-old bur oak that Native Americans used as a landmark while traveling up the Cuyahoga River. That tree was a sign that it's time to get the canoes out of the river and carry them to Summit Lake. Incredible! I will have to come back when the leaves are on!
Written February 23, 2019
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