Chapin Forest Reservation Hiking Trail Pictures Movie

Chapin Forest Reservation Hiking Pictures Movie

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Chapin Forest Reservation in Northern Ohio, has forested hiking trails that will display spectacular scenery all day long. The 390 acres of land that constitute Chapin Forest Reservation offer trails to wander through a mature woodland. Enjoy walking beneath the branches of beech, maple, oak, tulip and hemlock trees. To protect this beautiful setting from logging, Frederic H. Chapin purchased the property in 1949 and donated it to the State of Ohio. Under a lease agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Lake Metroparks manages Chapin Forest Reservation.

Chapin Forest is known for its distinctive rock formations as well as its majestic forests. The ledges, or rocky outcroppings of Sharon conglomerate, were formed about 300 million years ago, long before glaciers slid across northern Ohio. To protect the fragile vegetation and for safety reasons, access to the ledges area is restricted to guided walks, which are regularly offered throughout the year.

Sandstone from Quarry Pond and the adjacent stream bed were part of a stone quarry that operated during the 1800s. Berea sandstone from this site supplied the foundations for many local buildings, including the Kirtland Temple, which was completed in 1836.

Chapin Forest has also served as a study site. During the late 1950s, the Ohio Division of Forestry and Reclamation began using Chapin Forest as a research site to determine the growth rates of trees for possible commercial timber production.

Pine Lodge Ski Center Chapin Forest features a cross-country ski center complete with ski rental equipment and lessons, groomed ski trails, snowshoe rentals, fireplace, accessible restrooms and concessions. Pine Lodge Ski Center is open during the winter months, weather-permitting, from approximately November 15 to March 15. For more information, call Pine Lodge staff [winter months only] at (440) 256-3810 or Lake Metroparks Registration Offices at (440) 358-7275.

One of the best scenic overlooks in Lake County is found along Lucky Stone Loop hiking trail. On a clear day, you can see Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline, 18 miles away. Part of the Buckeye Trail, a continuous hiking trail throughout Ohio, passes through Chapin Forest. Blue paint blazes on some trees mark the Buckeye Trail.

Park amenities include four picnic areas and pavilions with grills; drinking water; restrooms; hiking trails; snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals, lessons and groomed trails; playground; pond fishing; ball/game fields; and limited bridle trails. A 1 mile loop Parcourse Trail (featuring 20 exercise stations) was added to Chapin Forest in 1977, and was considered to be the latest European (Swiss) fad at that time.

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