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Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Reservation

#4 of 8 things to do in Kirtland Features Animals
8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094-8608
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Great Park!

This park has a ton of trails, amazing bird exhibit, lots of wildlife ( often see rat snakes) and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Richmond Heights, Ohio
So m I have fun

This was an amazing place to visit with our kids. So many fun things to do and so many animals to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ray S
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8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094-8608
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park has a ton of trails, amazing bird exhibit, lots of wildlife ( often see rat snakes) and has a new area for the kids that is awesome!

Thank TheTravelingRoss
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing place to visit with our kids. So many fun things to do and so many animals to look at. I would come back again when we are visiting family!

Thank Ray S
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This is one of the parks I visit most often. Although you must register for the guided Gorge hikes, I highly recommend that you check the website and schedule yourself for one of those -- it's a wonderful adventure any time of the year. A...More

Thank WHMeg
Reviewed 16 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.

Thank Tibor B
Reviewed 2 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...More

Thank 195robert
Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank MarilynCJ50
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank WHMeg
Reviewed 21 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.

Thank Alice S
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank mombodeb
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank WHMeg
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