Great hiking to caves and waterfalls in any season at Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation

See gorges, creeks and waterfalls in the forest

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - If you're looking for an activity to help work off all those extra holiday treats, look for a hike in the Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation. It offers over 50 miles of trails in 35,000 acres of park.
There is something for everyone at this park. All types of well marked trails from flat and paved to hilly. Start at the historic nature center where you can pick up a map and talk to a naturalist about what to look for.

"You'll see some wildlife we do have a pretty good coyote population, every once in a while you'll see a fox, some deer," said Pam Taylor, a naturalist at the park.

A peaceful walk will lead you to great views and vistas of seven distinct gorges plus creeks and waterfalls throughout the forest. Now that winter is here the hiking even gets better.

"It is spectacular to catch the snow hanging off the hemlocks or across the creeks or one of the tributaries coming in having a little bit of ice and some great ice formations coming down off the rock walls," said Taylor.

Sharon Hosko hikes these trails a lot for exercise but she especially likes to watch the birds when it snows.

"Snow is a great time to go hiking. Oh my gosh, you can see all the local birds that stay and the mammals and it's also very peaceful and just beautiful," said Hosko. She offers her favorite trail suggestion.

"My favorite trail is probably the deer lick cave trail, it's a four mile loop trail and it goes up and down about ten times and so you get exercise, it's very pretty and it's a good workout," said Hosko.

If you're not up for a hike you can still come out and hang out in the nature center.

"Even in the winter, the fires going, it's warm, you can smell it when your coming down the trail and if you don't want to go out and be in out inside nature you can sit inside and view it from here," said Taylor. From the nature center you sit in a rocker and watch squirrels play and birds at the feeder.

A weekly list of local hikes can be found at "Get Rich Outdoors" in the Around Town section of newsnet5.com.

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