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Head over to Rocky River Trails and Nature Center for a calming, relaxing yet invigorating time with Mother Nature. Hike, bike, walk all you want in serene surrounding

Exploring The Untouched Rocky River Trails and Nature Center

Feb 11, 2014

Rocky River may be a small town and the river is also a relatively short one that lies between Cleveland and Lakewood in Ohio but the reservation is active and gorgeous all year round. Nature will inspire and motivate you with the flora and fauna found at the reservation center around the river. Rocky River was named as a top place for trouts fishing and has been featured quite prominently in a popular nature-themed program on ESPN.

A surprising treat for locals who want to get active and in touch with nature

Despite the fact that many people know of its existence, the sad truth of the matter is that a lot of people, including Cleveland locals, take the river for granted. Our Cleveland bus charters customers are often surprised when they do eventually take a bus ride to the nature center. There are well-maintained trails suitable for jogging, running, cycling and biking. Paved trails have been marked for visitors who just want to have a relaxing walk with their loved ones.

It is reminiscent of Frederick Law Olmsted parks, says some Cleveland visitors, and we have to say that we can’t agree more. The nature center is maintained by local authorities and can be found at 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted, OH 44070, just slightly off the main downtown Cleveland area.

Clean and untouched natural resources

Some parks, despite the best efforts from volunteers and activists, are tainted with pollution from its surrounding industrial and residential areas. This is not true for Rocky River. It is quite untainted and untouched by industrialism and is defined by a true rustic nature. The marked trails run for approximately 13 miles between Barrett Road and Detroit Road allows for safe running, jogging and walking.

Park amenities includes:-

  • marked trails
  • ample space for games like frisbee, soccer or even mini golf
  • picnic spots
  • bathrooms
  • seats
  • nature center
  • playground for younger kids
  • horseback riding trails
  • fishing and ice fishing
  • cross-country skiing

Get up close and personal with Cleveland’s wildlife

As mentioned, Rocky River is quite untouched and maintains a strong influence from the river’s ability to sustain itself and the animals that calls its riverbanks their home.

Get ready to be awed by massive willows, sycamores and gorgeous cottonwoods which is sprinkled throughout the trails too. Wildlife is a common sight at the park and sometimes near the trails when the animals get curious to venture out of their habitat. You would be so lucky to chance upon rare species of birds and white-tailed deer.

Best routes to the Rocky River Nature Center

  • Cleveland - a 20 minute drive using the I-71 S
  • Toledo - a 1 hour 30 minutes drive using the I-90 E
  • Mansfield - 1 hour 20 minutes using the I-71 N
  • Pittsburgh - slightly more than 2 hours using I-76W and I-80W
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