If you are from Northeast Ohio, chances are you have visited a part of the Emerald Necklace, otherwise known as the Cleveland Metroparks. The metroparks were formed in 1917, the oldest park system in Ohio, with the idea that the Cleveland area would be in need of open and green space in the future. This idea, credited to William Stinchcomb, has thrived since its inception and today we have over 21,000 acres of parkland for visitors to explore.
Map of Cleveland Metroparks. Image from hikingohioparks.com
The parks include, Bedford, Brecksville, Hinckley, Mill Stream, Lakefront, Rocky River, West Creek, and several other reservations. Each park is unique in the activities offered. All of the parks have hiking trails, and most have biking, horse trails, and picnic and barbeque areas. There are eight golf courses and one zoo, which is located within the city of Cleveland. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is the largest Zoo in Ohio, with a land area of 183 acres and over 600 species of animals.
Bengal tiger rests in the snow at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Image from examiner.com.
Next time you’re up in the Northeast Ohio region, stop by one of the Cleveland Metroparks and enjoy nature!
For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com.
South Chagrin Reservation. Image from wikipediea