Explore the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, which is a short distance northeast of downtown on Interstate 90. A former dredge disposal site closed since 1999, the 88-acre preserve was formed by sediments dredged from the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor for 20 years. Its location is the intersection of four migratory bird routes. Throughout the year, it serves as home or a migratory stop for 280 species of birds and butterflies as well as 16 species of mammals and two species of reptiles. The preserve has 26 Ohio plant species and nine species of trees and shrubs.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park (main visitor center at 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula) is 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland. The park has a multitude of hiking trails and is a prime area for watching eagles. Highlights of the park include Brandywine Falls and a section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs through the national park.
In nearby Huron, The Chef’s Garden (9009 Huron-Avery Road) consists of 300 acres and 42 greenhouses with 28,000 plants in each bed. It’s the epitome of sustainable farming in Ohio. Chefs from around the country order from the 600 varieties of micro herbs and vegetables grown here.
|Easily access two of America’s Byways® from Cleveland – the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail and the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Find more information at www.byways.org.