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2015 Findley State Park Winter HIke
M D Edmonds

Supervisor: Cecilia Hartman
• 216-521-0560

55.8 Total Miles / 18.4 Off Road Miles (33.0%)
Map Publication Date: January 2017

This section begins south of Wellington on State Route 58 at Findley State Park and proceeds on footpath through the park. While much of the trail that follows lies on roads in a relatively flat, rural landscape, the trail crosses Spencer Lake on a causeway within Spencer Lake Wildlife Area, goes by Letha House Park (Medina County Park District), follows Lester Rail-Trail (Medina County Park District), enters the City of Medina and goes around Medina Public Square. Before exiting the city, the trail follows the Champion Creek Trail (City of Medina Park) and crosses Lake Medina Park (Medina County Park District).

The trail once again follows rural roads through rolling country-side. The trail leaves roads to cross through both Hinckley Reservation (Cleveland Metroparks), where it passes close by the famous Buzzard’s Roost and climbs through the rugged Whipp’s Ledges, and Richfield Heritage Preserve (formerly Camp Crowell Hilaka, now part of Richfield Joint Recreational District). The trail from the Medina Section ends in the Brecksville Reservation (Cleveland Metroparks) where it joins with Buckeye Trail from the Akron and Bedford Sections near Deer Lick Cave.

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Trail Alerts

  • (2/15/17) A new Medina map has been published with the date of January 2017. It incorporates all of the trail updates.

  • (5/17/16) This alert affects the trail within the Medina Section between Barr Road (Point 27) and Brecksville Road (Point 28) that was formerly on bridle trail.

    Construction has started that will extend paved All Purpose Trail from Brecksville Reservation west towards Rocky River Reservation. At present, the bridle trail along Valley Parkway has been widened by cutting trees between Broadview Road and Brecksville Road. While the widening process has not changed the surface of the bridle trail, most of BT blue blazes along this segment have been removed. BTA suggests that you follow a simple detour that will follow the berms of Valley Parkway between Barr Road and Brecksville Road. The trail distance will increase imperceptibly since the bridle trail was along the south side of Valley Parkway. This new segment of the All Purpose Trail will open late in 2017.

Map Updates

  • (12/28/16)This change does not affect the route of the trail. However, this is the method for obtaining the permit that is required to stay overnight at Richfield Heritage Preserve, between Points 25 and 26. This location is listed on the map under "Camping Facilities." Use the link below to apply for the permit; complete this request form in advance of your stay.
    Permit request form .


  • (12/5/16) Exciting changes have taken place in the Medina Section. Hikers between Hinckley and Brecksville Reservations (Cleveland Metroparks) should notice a route change that begins at either the intersection of SR 303 and Oviatt Road if hiking in the clockwise direction or the intersection of Broadview Road and Alger Road if hiking in the counter clockwise direction. The benefits are twofold: a new camping opportunity and at least a mile of new trail off road. These benefits come with no significant change in overall distance.

    Before I attempt to describe the route change, you need to know which edition of the Medina Map you are using because the map points depend on the edition. Except for the Edition of January 2007, the identity of your edition can be found on the front cover just above the map of the state. On the Edition of 2007, the identity will be found on the back cover as the copyright date.

    The intersection of SR 303 with Oviatt Road is located on existing trail 0.3 miles west of a map point, located at the intersection of Medina Line Road and SR 303. This point is either Point 32 in both the January 2007 edition and the September 2013 edition and Point 25 in both the January 2015 edition and the April 2016 edition. The intersection of Broadview Road and Alger Road is either Point 34 in both the January 2007 edition and the September 2013 edition and Point 26 in both the January 2015 edition and the April 2016 edition.

    The minimal detail provided below will be supplemented at a later date. As usual, the detail is described only in the clockwise direction:

    From the intersection of SR 303 with Oviatt Road, turn back almost east and leave Oviatt Road towards the gap between an empty sign frame and a sign that points to Rising Valley Park north on Oviatt Road. Continue between a creek and an abandoned white house through a latched gate (400’) that is unlocked between dawn and dusk daily. Continue to follow the blue blazes through Richfield Heritage Park (formerly Camp Crowell-Hilaka). In due course, the blue blazes will lead you past a number of interesting features including old residences, man-made lakes, rocky ravines, tall timber and the campsites to a drive that leads by parking and through a gate (open dawn to dusk) east to Broadview Road (SR 176). At Broadview Road, turn northwest past a large grocery store. After 0.3 miles, reach the intersection of Broadview Road and Alger Road.

    This is the end of the reroute. Continue on your way with the map edition you are using.

  • (3/28/16) This Trail Change is small but very important. The trail may not be blazed through the interior of Medina Public Square. However, you will find blazes going around the Square on its north and east sides. The change has created no significant change in trail length. The significant change is that, since the blazes may not go through the Gazebo, Point 13 was moved south a tad to the beginning of the Champion Creek Trail on South Broadway St. The revised details below refer to the Medina Section Map, Edition of January 2015. The details may also be applied to data given under the Trail Change dated 1/28/15 with only slight translation. In the latter case, Point 12 is Point A and Point 14 is Point C.
    CW CCW Pt
    26.6.0
    E
    28.6
    W
    12 W Liberty St at N State St (MM, R)
    Go E on sidewalk on either side of street. After 0.8 mi N Court St, reach Medina Public Square. There are many good restaurants on W Liberty St here. The blazes continue 1 more block on Liberty St before turning S on Broadway St. Continue on S Broadway St past the Library on the E side of the street.
    27.7
    E
    27.5
    N
    13 S Broadway at Champion Creek Trail
    Just across Champion Creek, leave the sidewalk and turn E onto the Champion Creek Trail. A trailhead w/P, Pr is located behind the house just S of the building. Crossing Champion Creek twice, continue E on paved trail. The trail turns S near a substation. After 0.26 mi, reach Springbrook Dr and turn E on Champion Creek Trail. At the Entrance to Nichols Park (0.2 mi), enter Crestwood Park and meander generally E on the Champion Creek Trail. Exit the Champion Creek Trail at Guilford Blvd. Turn NE uphill across tracks past Roscoe Ewing Park (P, Pr). After 0.3 mi, Guilford Rd ends. Go E on E Washington St.
    29.3
    E
    25.9
    W
    14 E Washington St at Woodland Drive and W Entrance to Medina Hospital
    Return to either your Medina Section Map Edition of January 2015 or the Trail Change dated 1/28/15.

  • (1/28/15) This Trail Change is the first really significant change in the route of the trail through Medina County since this portion of the trail was opened in the early ‘80’s. It routes the trail more or less east through the City of Medina. Several miles of unpleasant road walk has been replaced by trails in Medina County Park District, city sidewalks and even a stretch of rural road not often found in this part of Ohio. The route is the result of a collaboration between Cecilia Hartman, Medina Section Supervisor, and Pat Hayes, Chairman of the Trail Management Team.
    For those who are still using the Medina Section Map Editions of January 2007 and September 2013, this abbreviated version of the map will allow them to use their maps to hike the new route. The text under Pt 17 is completely revised. Changes continue in points labeled A through G. Pt G is located within Weymouth at S Weymouth Rd and Remsen Rd.
    CW CCW Pt
    0.0
    E
    55.2
    W
    1 Jct Griggs Rd (C43) and SR 58 at Footpath into Findley State Park
    1.2
    NE
    54.0
    SW
    2 Park Road just N of Camp Check-In Station in Findley State Park
    2.2
    E
    53.0
    N
    3 Hawley Rd (T44) at Pratt Rd (T192)
    Hawley Rd ends at Pratt Rd. Go E on Pratt Rd.
    3.0
    S
    52.2
    W
    4 Pratt Rd (T192) at West Rd (C38)
    4.0
    E
    51.2
    N
    5 West Rd (C38) at Bursley Rd (C42)
    6.0
    N
    50.2
    W
    6 Bursley Rd (C42) at Hunter Rd (T132)
    7.1
    N
    48.1
    NW
    7 Spencer Mills Rd (T77) at Spencer Rd SR 301)
    8.8
    N
    46.4
    NW
    8 Spencer Mills Rd (T77) at River Corners Rd C27)
    10.3
    E
    44.9
    S
    9 Root Rd (C58) at Spencer Lake Rd (C45)
    14.0
    E
    41.2
    S
    10 Richman Rd (T69) at Jones Rd (T5)
    15.0
    N
    40.2
    NW
    11 S Bryenton Rd (C134) at Stone Rd (T74)
    16.1
    E
    39.1
    W
    12 Stone Rd (T74) at SR 83
    17.2
    N
    38.0
    W
    13 Stone Rd (T74) at Vandemark Rd (C31)
    18.5
    E
    36.7
    S
    14 Vandemark Rd (C31) at Spieth Rd (T65)
    21.1
    E
    34.1
    W
    15 Spieth Rd (T65) at Station Rd (T23)
    22.8
    SE
    32.4
    N
    16 Lester Rd (T56) at Lester Rail Trail Trailhead (P, Pr)
    25.2
    S
    30
    NW
    17 Lester Rail Trail at Abbeyville Rd (C47)
    Oddly, there is no parking at this site. Turn S. Trail ends. Turn S onto Abbeyville Rd. After 0.35 mi, begin sidewalk on E side of road. Just NE of the intersection of Abbeyville Rd with SR 18 (0.19 mi), turn SE onto sidewalk on NE side of SR 18 or W Liberty St as it is named here. There is no sidewalk on opposite side of road.
    26.6
    E
    28.6
    W
    A W Liberty St at N State St (MM, R)
    Go E on sidewalk on either side of street. After 0.8 mi, reach US 42 and the Medina Square. Note the many good restaurants on W Liberty St here. Cross to Square and go SE.
    27.4
    SE
    27.8
    NW
    B Gazebo on Medina Public Square (R)
    Continue SE on sidewalk for 250'. At intersection of S Broadway and E Washington St, go S on sidewalk on either side of S Broadway St passing Library on E side of street. Just across Champion Creek (400’), leave sidewalk and turn E onto the Champion Creek Trail. A trailhead w/P, Pr is located here. Continue E on paved trail that crosses Champion Creek twice. The trail turns S near a substation. After 0.26 mi, reach Springbrook Dr and turn E on Champion Creek Trail. At the Entrance to Nichols Park (0.2 mi), Champion Creek Trail enters Crestwood Park and meanders generally E. After 0.4 mi, leave the Champion Creek Trail. Go NE on Guilford Blvd across tracks past Roscoe Ewing Park (P, Pr). After 0.3 mi, Guilford Rd ends. Go E on E Washington St.
    29.2
    E
    26.0
    W
    C E Washington St at Woodland Drive and W Entrance to Medina Hospital
    Sidewalks end here. To avoid crossing high speed highway ahead, BTA recommends walking on N berm of E Washington St (SR 18). E Washington St is renamed as Medina Rd at the Medina City Line. After 0.9 mi, turn N on drive into parking area for Lake Medina. Note: there is a major grocery 0.28 mi further E on SR 18, now called Medina Rd, on S side of street. The grocery contains a US Post Office, a hardware store, a bank and a restaurant.
    30.2
    N
    25.0
    S
    D N End of Parking Area that Serves the S End of Lake Medina
    Sidewalks end here. To avoid crossing high speed highway ahead, BTA recommends walking on N berm of E Washington St (SR 18). E Washington St is renamed as Medina Rd at the Medina City Line. After 0.9 mi, turn N on drive into parking area for Lake Medina. Note: there is a major grocery 0.28 mi further E on SR 18, now called Medina Rd, on S side of street. The grocery contains a US Post Office, a hardware store, a bank and a restaurant.
    31.5
    NE
    23.7
    SW
    E SW End of Parking Area at N End of Lake Medina
    Leave parking area NE on drive. After 250', drive ends at Granger Rd. Go E on Granger Rd. After 0.5 mi, exit Granger Rd that continues E. Turn N onto Bagdad Rd.
    32.6
    E
    22.6
    S
    F Bagdad Rd at Hood Rd
    Bagdad Rd continues N across the North Branch of Rocky R just ahead. Turn E onto Hood Rd. After 0.3 mi where Hood Rd turns E, turn NE onto Cook Rd past Tompkins Rd (1.3 mi, C179, exits SE). Descend steeply into the valley of the North Branch of Rocky R. Cross bridge (0.12 mi). Ascend steeply. After 450', Cook Rd ends. Join S Weymouth Rd in what was once the bustling community of Weymouth. A historian writing about Weymouth in an 1881 history book wrote, "Weymouth came near being the county seat. But, for the fact that those owning the land around Weymouth lacked sufficient public spirit to donate land for public buildings, the place no doubt would have been selected as the seat of justice. Ah, what might have been!" Weymouth Community Church, built in 1835 as a Congregational Church, is only 0.17 mi W at the corner of Church St and S Weymouth Rd. Head E on S Weymouth Rd past Myers Rd (500', exits N) and Nichols Rd (200', C131, exits S) as S Weymouth Rd turns NE.
    34.7
    E
    20.5
    SW
    G S Weymouth Rd at Remsen Rd
    Leave S Weymouth Rd. Go E on Remsen Rd across I 71 (0.24 mi). Here, Remsen Rd enters a more rural atmosphere and twice crosses N Branch Rocky R. Continue E on Remsen Rd climbing slowly and crossing Stoney Hill Rd (1.3 mi, T48). After 1.3 mi, Remsen Rd ends. Turn N onto Ridge Rd. After 0.5 mi at light, turn E onto Ledge Rd. After 0.5 mi, turn N onto Kellogg Rd as Ledge Rd continues E. Pass Beach Cemetery (340').
    37.6
    N
    17.6
    W
    24 Remsen Rd (C37) at Ridge Rd (SR 94)
    38.6
    N
    16.6
    W
    25 Ledge Rd (C135) at Kellogg Rd (T180))
    39.4
    E
    15.8
    S
    26 Kellogg Rd (T180) at Picnic Area (P, PT)
    40.7
    NE
    14.5
    SW
    27 All-Purpose Trail (APT) at Entrance to Johnson Pincnic Area Off West Drive
    41.5
    N
    17.6
    W
    28 State Rd (C44) Bridge over East Branch Rocky River(P)
    42.4
    E
    12.8
    W
    29 Top of the Ledges Picnic Area (P, Pr, PS, PT)
    43.2
    S
    12.0
    W
    30 Bridle Trail at Parker Rd (T110) across from CMP Service Center
    44.0
    E
    11.2
    W
    31 Harter Rd (T51) at Bridle Path
    46.1
    W
    9.1
    S
    32 Medina Line Rd (C2) at SR 303
    47.9
    E
    7.3
    S
    33 Oviatt Rd (T183) at Newton Rd (T103)
    49.1
    N
    6.1
    NW
    34 Broadview Rd (SR 176) at Alger Rd C179)
    50.7
    E
    4.5
    S
    35 Alger Rd (C179) at E Boston Rd (T13)
    51.6
    NW
    3.6
    SW
    36 Highland Rd at Barr Rd
    52.6
    E
    2.6
    S
    37 Barr Rd at CMP Bridle Path along Valley Parkway
    54.1
    E
    1.1
    W
    38 Bridle Path at Brecksville Rd (SR 21)
    55.2
    NE
    0.0
    SW
    39 Trail Junction in Brecksville Reservation CMP) off Valley View Pkwy at Buckeye Trail Parking

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