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Address: 8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094-8608
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Free family fun, decent hiking, horse trail, scenic views

This is a park where I hike with friends frequently. We manage to get a fast, hilly 5 miles in, using the rustic horse trail, the more refined stone trails, and the somewhat... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 19, 2016
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Cleveland, Ohio
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

This is a park where I hike with friends frequently. We manage to get a fast, hilly 5 miles in, using the rustic horse trail, the more refined stone trails, and the somewhat declining Kirtland Connector trail. When we hike it, we have a couple of shallow creek crossings, with a steep incline on one. The Kirtland Connector has a... More 

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Willoughby Hills, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Although you can explore much of Penitentiary Glen on your own, the one scheduled hike for which you should sign up is the Gorge Hike which takes you into restricted areas in and on the banks of Stony Brook. Besides the usual Gorge Hikes led by trained volunteers, there are also specialized Gorge Hikes for photographers and Wine & Cheese... More 

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Marion
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

There are state parks that have less to offer than this Lake Metropark. It is incredible and right on the road about halfway between Kirtland and Holden Arboretum. Our first stop was the nature center with its museum, gift shop, drinking fountain, and restrooms. My wife was happy because she loves turtles, and they had several in tanks. From there,... More 

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Sagamore Hills, Ohio
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82 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful park. Great walking trails. Lots of room to spread out for the Mutt Strutt which is why we are here today. Park is clean and well maintained.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Perfect place to get out of the city and into the woods. Guided tours available, nature center open most weekdays. Beautiful walking trails.

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Fairport Harbor, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

This park is a great place for any age to visit. There is a Nature center, a hummingbird garden, bird feeding area and an area in which they rehablilitate birds and animals which have suffered injuries. They offer programs there for adults, seniors and children. You can even bring your fishing rod and try fishing in the larger ponds. Or... More 

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Chardon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Visited for a guided gorge walk. Once you are in the gorge, you could imagine being in some distant park with ice and show everywhere. Great that it is so close to home. Great naturalist guides. Good to get out of the house in mid-Winter.

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Willoughby, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

Wonderful staff, well cared for animals and grounds. A great place for families, dog walking or photography.

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Kirtland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2016

We go there ALL the time, it's a great place to hike, walk, jog, even horseback ride! And it's local to us too

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Mentor, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2015

Have been on many hikes at the Penitentiary Glen. Very nice trails. Staff helpful. Programs for kids very informative. The displays are always nice and hands on for the kids. The gift shop is always stocked with what I am looking for.

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