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: Do not stray too close to the edge of this cliff. Erosion here has created uneven footing and unstable soil.
5.Ê(0.8 mile). As you pass the Bridle Trail sign (hanging by one bolt at this writing!), turn right toward TinkerÕs Creek gorge and continue on the trail. The road on the left is the north portion of Button Rd., which no longer connects to the southern part. Button Rd. is of interest because it is one of the oldest roads in northern Ohio. It was laid out in 1801 and enabled early settlers living in the highlands to the east of here to reach the Ohio & Erie Canal lying to the west.
6.ÊContinue on this flat, winding, woodland path high above TinkerÕs Creek. Several short side trails veer over closer to the cliff edge, but always return to the main trail. (Use CAUTION if you take these side paths for more views of the gorge below.) At about 1.2 miles the trail begins a gradual descent.
7.ÊReach a trail intersection after another 0.2 mile. Turn right (east) toward the gorge. In another 0.1 mile reach the top of a small hill and another beautiful view of the gorge. Step to the edge for another view amidst the hemlocks.
This is the turnaround point for this hike. Beyond this point, the former trail is closed due to neglect and is barely used. You will return to Hemlock Creek Picnic Area by following the trail in reverse.
This chapter was reviewed and rewalked by Jim Sprague, statewide trail coordinator of the Buckeye Trail Association.
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32 Bedford Reservation TinkerÕs Creek
Distance: 3 miles Hiking time: 2 hours Description: This hike follows TinkerÕs Creek gorge on its northwest side, going steeply uphill with breathtaking views of the gorge at its summit. The trail follows the rim of the gorge to the top and affords beautiful views of the stream as you ascend. This hike returns on the same path to the picnic and parking area. It is an especially impressive hike to take during fall foliage season, and is also a pretty hike when TinkerÕs Creek is partially frozen and there is snow on the ground. Directions:ÊI-271 or I-77 to Rockside Rd.; Rockside to Dunham Rd. in Maple Hts.; south on Dunham; left on Button Rd. just before bridge over TinkerÕs Creek (at sign for Hemlock Creek Picnic Area); follow Button to end at Hemlock Creek Picnic Area. Parking & restrooms: At Hemlock Creek Picnic Area.
Bedford Reservation, located in Bedford, Bedford Heights, Valley View, and Walton Hills, is a link in the Cleveland Metroparks ÒEmerald Necklace.Ó This lovely park on ClevelandÕs southeast side is also part of Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. Bedford Reservation covers 2,154 acres of public land, through which beautiful TinkerÕs Creek cuts a gorge that has been designated a national natural landmark. TinkerÕs Creek drops a dramatic 220 feet during its two-mile course, cutting through many layers of soft grayish Chagrin Shale, and leaving a gorge that ranges from 140 to 190 feet deep.
A wide variety of trees abound here; 29 different species have been identified by the metroparks. Of particular note are tall hemlocks growing in the deep, cooler areas near the streams, reminiscent of more northern climates. Deer are commonly seen in Bedford Reservation.
1.ÊStart the hike by heading east from the picnic area and ball field parallel to the wooded hill. The trail parallels TinkerÕs Creek on the right. TinkerÕs Creek flows westward to the Cuyahoga River, at which point it goes under the Ohio & Erie Canal beneath an interesting old aqueduct (see ch. 19, Canal Towpath Trail).
2.ÊAt the first trail intersection, turn right onto the path closer to the creek and view the magnificent cliff across the stream faced with tall hemlock trees clinging to its edge.
These cliffs are composed of very old, grayish Chagrin Shale near the water and darker Cleveland Shale above. These shales were formed of mud and silt laid down by an ancient inland sea about 360 million years ago and have been exposed by the relentless cutting of TinkerÕs Creek over the millennia (see appendix A). In winter there are beautiful frozen waterfalls here where small streams flow into the creek. This waterside trail continues for about 0.2 mile.
3.ÊAt the intersection, take the trail on the left that ascends the hill to the main trail. (If you stay on the creekside trail or take the trail that goes off to the right, you will see beautiful wildflowers if it is springtime, and enjoy more views of TinkerÕs Creek, but both trails eventually dead-end at a steep shale cliff.)
4.ÊThe upward trail on the left is the old Bridle Trail (now closed) and climbs steeply. In the middle of the trail, about halfway up the hill, is a large boulder covered with ripple marks made by currents at the bottom of the great inland sea that covered Ohio millions of years ago. At the top on the right is a magnificent view of the gorge below.
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