Chatham Township, Ohio 44256
Letha House Park webpage
Letha House Park map
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Letha House Park Trails
There are trails on both the east and west sides of Richman Road. On the east side, the Great Horned Owl Bridle Trail circles a wetland prairie and the Paw Paw Trail winds a short distance along a creek. On the west side, the Lake Trail and Wood Thrush Trail go around the lake, through grassland, and woods.
Lake Trail – .5 mile
Wood Thrush Trail – .85 mile
West Horse Trail – 1.25 miles
Great Horned Owl Bridle Trail – 1.6 miles
Pawpaw Grove Trail – .5 mile
Connector Trail – .127 mile
All of the trails at Letha House Park are worth hiking and exploring. A good introduction to the park is to hike the Pawpaw Grove Trail on the east side of the park, take the Connector Trail to the west side, follow the Lake Trail to the Wood Thrush Trail, and then on the way back go around the lake on the Lake Trail, returning to your vehicle via the Connector Trail. This hike is a little over 2 miles.
The West Horse Trail is accessed by walking west from the beginning of the Wood Thrush Trail. This bridle trail is not currently on the park map. The trail makes a figure 8 on the west side of the park, circling small ponds, wetland, and fields.
The Great Horned Owl Bridle Trail makes a good circuit hike and can be the trail on which you may see the most bird life.
The tall grasses, particularly on the horse trails, can host ticks. It is wise to use insect repellent, tuck your pant legs, and check yourself at the end when you hike during the summer.
About Letha House Park
Letha House Park is located in scenic Chatham Township. The Letha House Foundation was instrumental in providing funding for the acquisition of the land to create this park. It is crossed by a winding stream which is a tributary of the Black River.
A picnic shelter is available for reservation at this facility. A shady, wooded picnic ground is located near the parking lot for your family’s enjoyment. The wooded nature trail winds through a mature forest and features a large stand of Paw-Paw trees. The trail passes the Little Sweetly Creek, which is a prime location for children’s nature programs.
An observatory located on this site is operated by the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association. The dark skies of Letha House Park provide excellent conditions for viewing the heavens in all seasons. Watch for the announcements of public viewing.
A horse trail which leads from the parking lot and winds around agricultural fields and wooded areas is provided for the enjoyment of equestrians. Additional activities include fishing in the deep-water pond and wildlife viewing in the wetland area. Children can enjoy playing on the playground at Letha House Park West.
From Letha House Park webpage
Restroom, vault toilet, on site at main parking lot by the lake.