Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

Gorgeous fall colors at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

Biking and hiking Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

You couldn’t ask for a better autumn day early November to be outdoors and enjoy Hinckley reservation in Northeastern Ohio. The weather is perfect to bike around the lake and then do a quick hike up through Whipps Ledges which is an area of stunning rocky outcrops on top of the hills reservation. This is also a great time to see all the fall colors with all the trees turning gold, orange and some red leaves to match the stunning landscape. A park within the Cleveland metro parks systems, Hinckley is definitely one of the jewels in the chain of parks called the Emerald necklace of Cleveland.

Getting to Hinckley reservation is a short and scenic road trip from where we are based in Medina but Hinckley is a relatively short trip from the Cleveland metro area. The road trip is bucolic with rolling hills on country roads, small farms with little ponds and trees in all shades of autumn’s glory. I’m going to explore with my nephew Carlos who’s game to doing both these outdoor activities with me today.

Take a look at some of these lovely landscapes below

 

Drive to Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

 

 

 

Hinckley lake at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

 

 

 

Entering Hinckley lake

Water recreation and sport is a popular activity year round with boating, fishing, (SUP in the warmer months), sailing and swimming. There is an asphalt trail that goes around the lake which is about 3 miles in distance. There are also dirt and horseback riding trails that either go closer to the lake front or surrounding areas of Hinckley reservation.

 

Hinckley lake at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

 

A brief stop and photo op moment

 

Biking around Hinckley lake at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

 

Water recreation and sport is a popular activity year round with boating, fishing, (SUP in the warmer months), sailing and swimming. There is an asphalt trail that goes around the lake which is about 3 miles in distance. There are also dirt and horseback riding trails that either go closer to the lake front or surrounding areas of Hinckley reservation.

 

Water recreation around Hinckley lake at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

 

 

 

Hiking Whipps Ledges

A unique feature in Hinckley reservation with sandstone ledges rising above the lake at 350 feet in elevation. Created over 250 million years ago, there are some interesting (and old carvings) made on the sandstone by visitors. You can find them along the main stone staircase leading up to the top of the ledges. Rock climbing the sheer faces of the ledges are allowed through a reservation system on the Cleveland Metro park website here. There is no fee for the permit but the website states that you need to have a $300k of ‘personal liability’ insurance to rock climb the ledges.

 

 

Climbing up to Whipps Ledges at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

 

Golden amber on the trails at Whipps Ledges

 

Autumn color at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

 

 

 

 

Entering Whipps Ledges at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

 

 

 

 

Entering Whipps Ledges at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

Moss covered stand stone at Whipps Ledges

 

Climbing up to Whipps Ledges at Hinckley Reservation in Ohio

 

 

 

 

Fall season at Whipps Ledges in Hinckley Reservation, Ohio

 

The views from above at Whipps Ledges

 

Looking out from Whipps Ledges in Hinckley Reservation, Ohio

 

 

 

 

Looking down at crevices in Whipps Ledges in Hinckley Reservation, Ohio

 

 

Fall glory in rich ambers

 

Fall season at Whipps Ledges in Hinckley Reservation, Ohio

 

Heading back down to the parking lot

 

Staircase trail at Whipps Ledges in Hinckley Reservation, Ohio

Details if you go

Check out the main website to Hinckley reservation and the Cleveland Metro parks here

There is a nature and visitor center at the park, you can check out their location and website here.

There are many recreational activities and sports available at the park, you can check out a list here.

To find out about current activities at Hinckley reservation and the Cleveland Metro Parks, you can check out the calendar here.

 

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