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Chapin Forest Reservation, Kirtland

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#4 of 6 in Wildlife in Lake County
State Park · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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Wander, cross-country ski or snowshoe through nearly six miles of trails by mature woodland trails comprised of beech, maple, oak, tulip and hemlock.

Scenic Overlook

One of the best scenic overlooks in Lake County is found along Lucky Stone Loop. Hiking in this beautiful forested park will take the park visitor to spectacular sharon conglomerate ledges, from which on a clear day a panoramic view of everything from Lake Erie to the Cleveland skyline is visible, 18 miles away. The view of fall colors is one of the best overlooks anywhere.

Pine Lodge cross-country ski center offers cross-country ski rental equipment and lessons, groomed ski trails (including one mile of lighted trail after December 15), snowshoe rentals, fireplace, accessible restrooms and concessions. Visit site for ski lodge hours.

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  • I went to Chapin Forest Reservation on Friday October 31st and Monday November 2nd with the goal of hiking all the trails. It had been many years since I had been here, and I forgot how unique the... 
    I went to Chapin Forest Reservation on Friday October 31st and Monday November 2nd with the goal of hiking all the trails. It had been many years since I had been here, and I forgot how unique the...  more »
  • Nice long series of different type trails. Some easy and others challenging. Signage is not very good in areas of the trails, so you need to walk this place a few times in order to learn the... 
    Nice long series of different type trails. Some easy and others challenging. Signage is not very good in areas of the trails, so you need to walk this place a few times in order to learn the...  more »
  • If you want to walk at least five miles in a park, and not repeat repeat large sections of trail, this is a great park for you! Cross country skiers and snowshoers will also love the winter trails... 
    If you want to walk at least five miles in a park, and not repeat repeat large sections of trail, this is a great park for you! Cross country skiers and snowshoers will also love the winter trails...  more »
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  • Relatively simple place for hiking and casual walking. All of the different trail options make it incredibly easy to make your walk here as short or long as you want. The view here can also be incredible at the right time of day.
  • Great spot to get out and go for a hike and take in the views. Has a few hilly spots, but nothing unachievable. Fall is the best time to check out all the leaves changing, but spring is great too when things bloom.
  • Love the scenic trails! During the winter, they have snow shoe and cross country ski rentals on groomed trails which is a lot of fun for kids and adults!
  • Beautiful park! Gildersleeve mountain offers some amazing views of the area including the Cleveland skyline. Some easy trails, with a tough one to see the view!
  • Very peaceful, and quite for what little I've seen, and will be glad to go back and explore more. Also has some historical facts as you walk the trails.

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