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Logo of the Cleveland Metroparks
A view of the South Chagrin Reservation
Type public park district
Location Greater Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Size 22,000 acres
Opened 1917
Operated by Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners
Status open all year

Cleveland Metroparks, one of several Ohio Metroparks, are a system of nature preserves in Greater Cleveland that encircle the city of Cleveland. These generally follow the rivers that flow through the region to Lake Erie. Referred to affectionately as the "Emerald Necklace",[1] the network of 16 reservations across 22,000 acres (89 kmĀ²) includes hundreds of miles of walking, bicycle, and horse trails, parks, picnic areas, five nature education centers, seven golf courses, and abundant fishing holes. In addition, the park district manages the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland. Several of the reservations are adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

While the majority of the reservations are in suburban Cuyahoga County, Brookside Reservation and portions of two others are in the city of Cleveland. Three of the reservations lie outside Cuyahoga County. A portion of North Chagrin Reservation is in Lake County, a small portion of Bradley Woods Reservation is in Lorain County, and Hinckley Reservation is in Hinckley Township in Medina County.



Chippewa Creek in the Brecksville Reservation.
Whipps Ledges at Hinckley Reservation

The district's sixteen reservations are:

  • Bedford
  • Big Creek
  • Bradley Woods
  • Brecksville
  • Brookside
  • Euclid Creek
  • Garfield Park
  • Hinckley
  • Huntington
  • Mill Stream Run
  • North Chagrin
  • Ohio & Erie Canal
  • Rocky River
  • South Chagrin
  • Washington
  • West Creek

Cleveland Metroparks is called the "Emerald Necklace" because it forms a nearly complete ring around the Cleveland communities. Beginning in the west on Lake Erie, they are:

  • Rocky River
  • Mill Stream Run
  • Brecksville
  • Bedford
  • South Chagrin

A disconnected completion of the ring is North Chagrin to the north of South Chagrin.

Forming a pendant south of the ring is the Hinkley Reservation. From Mill Stream Run Reservation on the southwest side, Big Creek, Brookside, and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo created a green pathway toward downtown. The other reservations form green patches surrounding the "necklace."[2]

Golf courses

There are seven golf courses in Cleveland Metroparks. They are:

  • Big Met Golf Course in the Rocky River Reservation in Fairview Park
  • Little Met Golf Course in the Rocky River Reservation in Cleveland
  • Manakiki Golf Course in the North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills
  • Mastick Woods Golf Course in the Rocky River Reservation in Cleveland
  • Shawnee Hills Golf Course in the Bedford Reservation in Bedford
  • Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in the Brecksville Reservation in Brecksville
  • Washington Golf Learning Center in the Washington Reservation in Newburgh Heights

See also


  1. ^ "Cleveland Metroparks", Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
  2. ^ Cleveland Metroparks

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