Saturday, March 7, 2020
Beartown Lakes Reservation: Hike
Explore the diverse landscapes of Beartown Lakes Reservation with others who appreciate Geauga natural resources.
The group will meet at North Point Shelter and hike Beechnut Trail, Whitetail Trail and a portion of Lake Trail for approximately 2 miles. Bring along binoculars and help the group catch some flora and fauna sightings. Any and all are encouraged to attend, including well-behaved four-legged friends on leash.
From GPD website: This 149-acre park features more than 22 acres of open water and a mature beech-maple forest. Three trails total 2.8 miles. Recreation areas include a playground, horseshoe pits, bocce court and tetherball, plus a sledding hill for those winter months.
Spring Creek, a tributary of the Aurora branch of the Chagrin River, flows along the northwest boundary of the park. Wetlands exist adjacent to this stream and around the lakes. Beaver lodges can be seen in these areas.
Three interconnecting lakes and a smaller pond cover more than 22 acres of the park. Upper Bear Lake teems with frogs, turtles, water snakes and other aquatic life. Middle Bear Lake has many dead snags for cavity nesting birds, while Lower Bear Lake is larger and deeper, supporting populations of bass, Northern Pike and Bluegill. Migrating waterfowl flock to all four bodies of water each spring and fall.
Location & Directions
Beartown Lakes Reservation,
18870 Quinn Road, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023
For a trail map, click here.
For directions, click on the map.