Safe Hiking Tips for Rocky Outcrops in Summit Metro Parks, CVNP – Akron Beacon Journal | Gmx Pharm

The urge to get back on the trails and enjoy some of northeast Ohio’s distinctive natural landscapes greets the start of each spring, but hikers should take extra care when visiting the area’s roughest spots.

A difficult memory of this surfaced last week when a teenager from Medina suffered a bad fall at Whipp’s Ledges on Cleveland Metroparks’ Hinckley Reservation. The teenager remains hospitalized, according to his family’s social media updates.

Along with Whipp’s Ledges, where rock climbing is permitted, hikers can experience similarly dangerous spots along ledges at Liberty and Gorge Metro Parks in Summit Metro Parks and Ritchie Ledges in Summit County’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The Beacon Journal has compiled some information about these ledges as well as safety tips from Summit Metro Parks and CVNP:

  • Stay on designated trails and sidewalks.
  • Stay away from the edges of the ledges.
  • Be careful where you step and be especially careful if it has rained or snowed recently.
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.

liberty park

Liberty Park includes the Twinsburg Ledges Area & Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road.

The outcrops are sandstone, “covered in a living skin of moss, ferns, and lichen,” according to the park district.

The park’s hiking trails include the Black Bear Trail (2.1 miles, moderate difficulty) and the Ledges Trail (1.1 miles, moderate difficulty).

The eastern edge of the Black Bear Trail runs along the ledges, while along the trail’s western edge several large uprooted trees have left large depressions in the ground revealing huge root systems.

On the Ledges Trail, visitors walk past the rock outcroppings, into the glacier cave and a wetland before returning to the trailhead via a long boardwalk.

Medina teenager falls at Whipp’s Ledges:Medina teenager seriously injured in falling off ledges on Hinckley Reservation

Gorge Metro Park

Mary Campbell Cave, now known as the Old Maid's Kitchen, in Gorge Metro Park.

Gorge Metro Park, 1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls includes the Glens Trail (1.8 miles, moderate difficulty) and the Gorge Trail (1.8 miles, difficult).

The Glens Trail offers views from the rim of the Cuyahoga River, with springs flowing from the ledges along the way.

The Gorge Trail provides access to Old Maid’s Kitchen (formerly known as Mary Campbell Cave), an easy half-mile walk from the parking lot, but the trail quickly becomes more rugged as it passes through ledges. The upper section of the trail is considered primitive.

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