Fall is right around the corner, bringing with it cooler weather and changing leaves. As the weather cools off and you’re thinking of enjoying the outdoors before Northeast Ohio’s harsh winter sets in, then you should consider heading to one of the best Cleveland Metroparks near Elyria.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Located in North Olmsted and Westlake – only a 25-minute drive from Elyria – is Bradley Woods Reservation. Situated around old quarry sites, this park is considered the only swamp forest in the park system. It is naturally beautiful with forests of red maples, sour gums, tupelos, and yellow birches; it is also home to Bunns Lake and has more than two miles of hiking trails, making it an appealing choice for those looking to spot water fowl.
Rocky River Reservation
Just 30 minutes from Eyria is the Rocky River Reservation, which stretches through multiple towns. This metropark was the first land ever purchased for Cleveland Metroparks back in April 1919. Since then, it has grown exponentially to include land that has massive shale cliffs, a variety of tree species, and wildlife of all sorts, including the white-tailed deer.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
From fishing to hiking – and even tobogganing – Mill Stream Run Reservation has an activity for everyone to enjoy. This metropark is located less than 30 minutes from Elyria, offering a range of trails and picnic areas for visitors during the warm weather. It is also home to the Chalet, which has twin toboggan shuts, and offers fall hayrides.