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Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Reservation

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Address: 8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094-8608
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440-256-2120
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Easy walk trough the park

Nice park for walk, cross country skiing. In the summertime lots of programs for kids, medium size of group gatherings. There is a gorge in the park,not too deep,steps are easy to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 February 2017
Tibor B
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Kirtland, Ohio
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Kirtland, Ohio
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Nice park for walk, cross country skiing. In the summertime lots of programs for kids, medium size of group gatherings. There is a gorge in the park,not too deep,steps are easy to manage.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Penitentiary Glen has a feeling of going back in time to perhaps the Civil War when there were enemies in the woods. I was told that prisoners were held in the glen. I could almost hear their shouts of dismay at being captured and left to endure the elements.

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Fairport Harbor, Ohio
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

A naturalist from Lake Metroparks conducted this hike, providing us with information about the many birds that can be seen this time of year. The Weather made it Beautiful , but also kept the birds hiding from the gently falling snow. we ended up at the feeding station to get a close look. This is a wonderful park, any time... More 

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Willoughby Hills, Ohio
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104 reviews
57 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Penitentiary Glen Reservation is one of the most diverse properties of Lake Metroparks. With paved and gravel paths, picnic shelters, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and the Nature Center, there is much that you can do here. Make sure to take Gorge Hikes or Off-trail hikes if they are offered.

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Thank WHMeg
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34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

They had "Candyland Goes Wild" in the Nature Center, a nice addition. We had never before been to this nature center and were very impressed by the many exhibits.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a park where I hike with friends frequently. We manage to get a fast, hilly 5 miles in, using the rustic horse trail, the more refined stone trails, and the somewhat declining Kirtland Connector trail. When we hike it, we have a couple of shallow creek crossings, with a steep incline on one. The Kirtland Connector has a... More 

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Willoughby Hills, Ohio
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104 reviews
57 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Although you can explore much of Penitentiary Glen on your own, the one scheduled hike for which you should sign up is the Gorge Hike which takes you into restricted areas in and on the banks of Stony Brook. Besides the usual Gorge Hikes led by trained volunteers, there are also specialized Gorge Hikes for photographers and Wine & Cheese... More 

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Marion
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348 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

There are state parks that have less to offer than this Lake Metropark. It is incredible and right on the road about halfway between Kirtland and Holden Arboretum. Our first stop was the nature center with its museum, gift shop, drinking fountain, and restrooms. My wife was happy because she loves turtles, and they had several in tanks. From there,... More 

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Sagamore Hills, Ohio
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82 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful park. Great walking trails. Lots of room to spread out for the Mutt Strutt which is why we are here today. Park is clean and well maintained.

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Thank Andrea F
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113 reviews
57 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Perfect place to get out of the city and into the woods. Guided tours available, nature center open most weekdays. Beautiful walking trails.

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