Mill Stream Run Reservation

About Mill Stream Run Reservation

Mill Stream Run Reservation is located in Berea, Middleburg Heights, North Royalton, and Strongsville. Long ago nineteenth-century communities like Albion, Sanderson’s Corners, and Slab Hollow sprang up to take advantage of the water power from the east branch of the Rocky River and its tributaries. After the sawmills and grist mills were established, businesses like a basket factory, taverns, blacksmith shops, and tailors followed. At Berea, the river cuts through Berea sandstone carving potholes in the stone. Baldwin and Wallace lakes are former quarries that produced some of the finest grindstones in the world. The settlers were not the first to visit; artifacts have been found on the reservation that indicates Native American tribes frequented this area over 8,000 years ago. The reservation includes numerous species of wildlife and plant life, including ferns and wildflowers. The East Branch of the Rocky River is noted for its spring trout fishing.

The reservation also has a number of trails and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy year-round, including the Chalet with its twin toboggan chutes for winter thrills, summer reserved picnicking, and fall hayrides.

Notable Trails

Mill Stream Run Reservation Trails
Bonnie Park Loop Trail – 0.6 miles
This flat, paved, trail goes around Bonnie Park Picnic Area.

Butterfly Loop Trail – 0.4 miles
This scenic trail follows the shale cliffs along the east branch of the Rocky River.

Music Mound Loop Trail – 0.3 miles
This travels along the East Branch of the Rocky River and provides views of Baldwin Lake’s wildlife refuge and a large grassy meadow.

South Quarry Loop Trail – 1.1 miles
This flat trail winds along the floodplain of Rocky River’s East Branch and past remnants of an Interurban Streetcar line.

All Purpose Trail – 8.9 miles
A paved trail for activities like cycling, walking, and inline skating. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Bridle Trail – 9 total miles.
Bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Sugar Bush Loop Trail – 1.2 miles
Hike only. Traveling along the top of a ravine, this trail offers creek views and connects to both the Red and Yellow trails.

Red Trail – 5.5 miles
Bike or hike. The Red Loop offers challenging slopes and ravines with dramatic river views through a quiet pine forest. It also features an optional “out and back “ section that is 1.2 miles round trip.

Yellow Trail – 3.5 miles
Bike or hike. This trail meanders through young forests and passes by an old foundation and chimney. Enjoy gentle climbs and a beautiful creek

Descriptions and maps of hikes using the Mill Stream Run Reservation trails are on the AllTrails website.

Restrooms on site.

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