Hinckley Reservation–Gravel Loop
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Hinckley Reservation Trails
Tips for birding the Gravel Loop
Directly opposite the intersection of West Drive and State Road is the southern entrance of the Gravel Loop (which is closed to vehicles). Go north on State Road and park in the small lot across from the north entrance to walk the Gravel Loop. The large spruces here seem particularly attractive to Golden-crowned Kinglets. Gravel Loop continues for a half-mile along the slow-moving and muddy East Branch of the Rocky River before ending up again on State Road, but north of where you entered. The woods along Gravel Loop attract many of the deeper woods birds, such as Brown Creeper, Great Crested Flycatcher, Hooded Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager. Cerulean Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrushes are also often found here. Look here also for spring wildflowers, such as White Dog-toothed Violet and Virginia Bluebell, among many others.
From Ohio Ornithological Society
At the southern end of Cleveland Metroparks is Hinckley Reservation, the site of the nationally-known annual Return of the Buzzards. From hiking at Whipp’s Ledges to kayaking on Hinckley Lake, there are a variety of activities here for everyone.
Another attraction of the reservation is Whipp’s Ledges, with elevations rising 350 feet above Hinckley Lake and formed more than 250 million years ago.
Worden’s Ledges has unique carvings made in the 1940s by Noble Stuart, son-in-law to the namesake of the ledges, Hiram Worden. Hike the Worden’s Ledges loop trail to see the carvings.
Rising Valley, located off Newton Road, which was transferred by Hinckley Township to Cleveland Metroparks, has public access trails.
From Hinckley Reservation webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Hinckley Reservation map.