Bedford Reservation--Willis Picnic Area

About this Location

Willis Picnic Area is located off Willis Street in Bedford Reservation, off Broadway Avenue in downtown Bedford. This area features a picnic shelter, swing set and horseshoe pits. It shares a parking lot with Tim Lally Field, a baseball field managed by the City of Bedford.

About Bedford Reservation

Located in Bedford, Bedford Heights, Oakwood, Valley View and Walton Hills, Bedford Reservation gives the appearance of a continuous forest of large trees and challenging terrain, which apparently discouraged early logging operations.

The reservation offers trails and picnic areas and includes Shawnee Hills Golf Course as one of its attractions. Flowing through Bedford Reservation is Tinkers Creek, named for a member of Moses Cleveland’s surveying party. The stream drops a dramatic 220 feet over a course of two miles and has cut a steep, walled gorge. The gorge, declared a National Natural Landmark, is a unique area with numerous tree, shrub, and flower species.

The Tinkers Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook on Gorge Parkway offers a spectacular vista, particularly in the fall. Tinkers Creek Gorge Overlook is wheelchair accessible.

Restrooms on site.

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