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It is a 5.2-mile round-trip hike along Bing Creek in the Girdled Road Reservation. It's a moderate hike with ravines, ridges and switchbacks. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Big Creek is the setting for a pretty hike in Lake Metroparks' Girdled Road Reservation near the Geauga-Lake county line in Concord Township. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
A 40-foot-high bluff marks the edge of Ohio's North Coast and offers lake views from atop at Lake Erie Bluffs Park. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Chair Factory Falls in Concord Township is a pretty spot. The water in Jordan Creek tumbles 30 feet in a hemlock-kined ravine. It is easily accessible off Lake Metropark's Greenway Corridor. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Views from an overlook above Big Creek in Lake County's Concord Township.
A kiosk stands at Lake Erie Bluffs Park in Perry and Painesville townships. The expanded park covers 600 acres east of Painesville. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Sign leads to trail at the north end of Girdled Road Reservation in Concord Township.
The Lake Erie beach is narrow and filled with driftwood at Lake Metroparks' Lake Erie Bluffs. The newly expanded park includes 1.6 miles of wild Lake Erie beach. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)