Indian Point Park Grand River Reservation Cleveland Lake Metropark Hiking Trail Pictures

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Indian Point Park has some very interesting history as you hike near the dirt mound remnants left behind by the Erie Indians. I drifted off into the distant past when I reached the summit of the hill. The mounds and steep banks were fortifications in case their attackers made it to the top. There are very nice vista looking over the Grand River. A flow of fresh water was only at the bottom. The Indians must have loved the combination of beautiful vistas and cooler weather within the Hemlock trees on top. Hiking this mound turns out to be a nice escapism into histories colorful past.
Author-Greg Wood-Experience hikingohioparks.com

It is a Grand River Reservation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. Indian Point has one of the earliest architectural works in this part of Ohio. A tribe from the Whittlesey Culture lived here; a Whittlesey structure was built on the 100-ft ridge between Paine Creek and the Grand River.


Two parallel mounds of their earthworks can be seen. The Whittelsey were an early people who lived from 900AD to 1650AD in stockade villages on high bluffs overlooking rivers and lakes. Because they had no contact with Europeans, the name of their tribe is unknown. (They are named after the archaeologist who discovered the tribe.) Charles Lyman, bought several acres at the Point in 1901. He had camped here often.


In the years before World War I, Lyman used the area as a military camp for high school boys. More than 150 youngsters attended Lyman's Camp Wissolohican during its eight year period of existence. Lyman began carving the names of campers into a Totem Stone, which can be seen along the trail near the point. Later, the point became a Finnish camp, Kaleva Lodge. During this time, a stone hut was built and used as a sauna, intact until the 1970s, when the park system dismantled it.


The property was purchased from John Phelps in 1964. A plaque was erected here, in honor of James and Edna Phelps, his parents. (In 1802, part of the property had been deeded to his ancestors by the Connecticut Land Company.)


Hours: Daylight to 1/2 hour past sunset. Amenities: 261 acres. Picnic area with grills. Restrooms. Hiking trails. Drinking water. Fishing.


















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