Rocky River Park

Rocky River Park

Beach Cliff Boulevard Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Also, see all the hotspots at:
Cleveland Lakefront Important Bird Area
Cleveland Lakeshore West Birding Drive

Tips for Birding

Rocky River Park, 4.97 acres, provides public access to the lakefront. From its observation decks, birders can see from the mouth of the Rocky River to Bradstreet’s Landing. This lakefront location has a small playground, picnic shelter, grills, restrooms, and observation decks.

From Lake Road (US-6) turn north on Falmouth Drive to the stop sign at Beach Cliff Boulevard. The park entrance is ahead on the left.

Rocky River Park is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.

Rocky River Park has a deck which is a great place to set up a scope to view birds on Lake Erie. It is located on Beach Cliff Boulevard north of Lake Road in Rocky River. It is a bit difficult to find on a first visit but well worth the search for viewing birds on the lake.

Birds of Interest

Lakefront migrants, especially waterfowl, and gulls.
Lakefront migrants, especially vultures, waterfowl, gulls, and raptors.
Lakefront migrants, especially loons, grebes, and waterfowl, including all three species of scoters.

About this Location

The 6-acre Rocky River Park is located on Beach Cliff Boulevard at Parkside and Falmouth drives in Rocky River. The main parking lot is off of Parkside Drive. Two paved walkways lead into the park from Beach Cliff Boulevard.

Benches and a boardwalk on the west side of the park overlook a 50-foot bluff, while the re-graded east side of the park gently slopes to an accessible beach. A 175-foot pier marks the eastern limit of the park and beach. A row of stone blocks placed offshore helps maintain the beach. Swimming, wading, fishing and boat launching are prohibited at the park.

Additional amenities at Rocky River Park include a playground, picnic tables, grills, and restrooms.

Along the park’s east side, a handicap-accessible paved walkway is separated by a green chain-link safety fence from a low, steep, vegetated bluff at the back of the beach.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Ohio Ornithological Society, Ken Ostermiller, and Lake Erie Public Access Guide