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3 Spots for Fall Foliage

 Rocky River Reservation

WEST: Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. Cleveland’s “Emerald Necklace”—the arch of Metroparks that circles the city provides plenty of nature close to home. As summer’s rich greens are replaced with shades of gold, red and purple, you can drive the winding reservation system and see plenty of color, but the best place to take it all in is at the Rocky River Reservation. Here, hilly trails and towering shale cliffs provide great views of the changing leaves as well as the Rocky River. Climb some or all of the Fort Hill Steps to one of three observation platforms for a birds-eye view of fall’s grandeur.

If you’re out and about in Cleveland Metroparks this fall, don’t forget to share your favorite places to see fall colors! Participants are encouraged to take a fall photo at their favorite spot, add a location to the post and Tweet, Insta or Snap your photo to @clevemetroparks using the hashtag #cLEAFland!



 Cuyahoga Valley National Park

SOUTH: Located between Cleveland and Akron, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is 33,000 acres of preserved parklands. Start at SR 303 and follow the park’s winding roads through colorful forests of maple, ash, cottonwood, elm, hickory and dozens of other species. Brandywine Falls and the Ritchie Ledges are accessible by some of the park’s trails and provide for the most dramatic and colorful views.


Holden Arboretum Tower

EAST: Worth the cost of admission (adults, $10) is The Holden Arboretum, located in Kirtland. Stop at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center to pick up a map of the Arboretum’s Leaf Trail. For a broader view of the majesty of the Arboretum’s cultivated gardens and native forests, cross the Murch Canopy Walk, an elevated walkway 65 feet above the forest floor, and climb the Kalberer Family Emergent Tower, a wooden tower that rises a120 feet above the forest floor. (Admission to the Canopy Walk and Tower: $4, adults.)