Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve

Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Lake Shore Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
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Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Coordinates: 41.5445933, -81.6327095
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Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Trails
The 88-acre Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, commonly known as Dike 14, has three trails:
Perimeter Loop Trail, 1.75 miles
Monarch Trail, .25 mile
Northern Harrier Trail, .5 mile
The shorter trails bisect the park allowing for hikes of varied distances.

The nature preserve is adjacent to Gordon Park and accessed from the northern terminus of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

A description with a map of a hike at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is on the AllTrails website.

Tips for birding Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Follow the wood chip trail from the parking lot to a high turnstile-type gate at the fence. This, in turn, provides access to a 1.75 mile Perimeter Loop Trail that travels west along the fence, heads north to overlook the lake and then loops back upon itself, passing through most of the habitat types in the preserve. The turnstile prevents access by bicycles and other wheeled vehicles; rules prohibit pets on the trail. Signs here and there credit the Port Authority and Cuyahoga County with the establishment of the preserve.
From Dick Hoffman

The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.

About Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
The wild, green oasis in downtown Cleveland is 4.7 miles east of the mouth of the Cuyahoga River – a river to which the preserve traces its existence. Dike 14 was created in 1976 and used until 1999 to hold the spoils from dredging Cleveland’s harbor and the river.

The mud and silt have metamorphosed into a haven for plants, animals, and birds. Plants have colonized the preserve creating fields, wet meadows, shrub communities, and stands of maturing trees. Wildlife including deer, fox, raccoons, and coyotes, along with dozens of species of butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, and a host of other organisms call the preserve home.

The preserve is an important staging area for migrating birds with more than 290 different species recorded. In 2004, it was recognized as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. The same year, a grant from the Ohio Coastal Management Program funded, in part, a feasibility study for safe public access to the preserve.
From Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (Coastal Access) webpage

Restrooms in at parking lot and in Cleveland Metroparks office building.