Rocky River Reservation–Willow Bend Picnic Area
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Tips for birding Rocky River Reservation
Rocky River Reservation is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.
About Willow Bend Picnic Area
Willow Bend Picnic Area is located off Valley Parkway in Rocky River Reservation, between Spafford and Barrett Roads in Brook Park. Features: open shelter with electricity, picnic tables, water, grills, parking, restrooms, horseshoe pit, swings.
About Rocky River Reservation
Rocky River Reservation is located in Berea, Brook Park, Cleveland, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Olmsted Township, and Rocky River. The first land purchased for Cleveland Metroparks can be seen from the Stinchcomb-Groth Memorial.
The character of the reservation is strongly influenced by the Rocky River. Massive shale cliffs rise above the willows, sycamores, and cottonwoods, and many trails wind through the valley’s deep floodplain forests, meadows, and wildflowers. Wildlife is common in the valley and visitors can expect to see numerous bird species and some common Ohio mammals year-round, including the white-tailed deer. Visit Rocky River Nature Center to learn more. The reservation includes three golf courses: Big Met, Little Met, and Mastick Woods.
The Rocky River Valley was settled early in this area’s history and reflects many of the sights common to the first settlers. Frostville Museum, an affiliate of Cleveland Metroparks, illustrates how the 1800s settlers lived and worked in the Rocky River Valley.
From Rocky River Reservation webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Rocky River Reservation map.Rocky River Reservation is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.