Chapin Forest Reservation

Chapin Forest Reservation

9938 Chillicothe Road (OH-306) Kirtland, Ohio 44094 10381 Hobart Road Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Chapin Forest Reservation Official Website
Chapin Forest Reservation map

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Chagrin River Corridor Important Bird Area

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Chapin Forest Reservation is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.

About Chapin Forest Reservation

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The 390 acres of Chapin Forest Reservation are known for distinctive rock formations and majestic forests. Wander through 5.3 miles of mature woodland trails comprised of beech, maple, oak, tulip, and hemlock. Stop by Quarry Pond and walk Lucky Stone Loop Trail.

To protect this beautiful setting from logging, Frederic H. Chapin purchased the property in 1949 and donated it to the State of Ohio. Under a lease agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Lake Metroparks manages Chapin Forest Reservation.

The ledges, or rocky outcroppings of Sharon conglomerate, were formed about 300 million years ago, long before glaciers slid across northern Ohio. To protect the fragile vegetation and for safety reasons, access to the ledges area is restricted to guided walks, which are regularly offered throughout the year.

Sandstone from Quarry Pond and the adjacent streambed were part of a stone quarry that operated during the 1800s. Berea sandstone from this site supplied the foundations for many local buildings, including the Kirtland Temple, which was completed in 1836.

Chapin Forest has also served as a study site. During the late 1950s, the Ohio Division of Forestry and Reclamation began using Chapin Forest as a research site to determine the growth rates of trees for possible commercial timber production.

Notable Trails

Chapin Forest Reservation Trails
Hiking trails in the Chapin Forest Reservation include:
Arbor Lane Loop Trail – 1.25 miles – moderate
Beech Woods Loop Trail – 1 mile – easy
Lucky Stone Loop Trail – 1.5 miles – difficult
Quarry Loop Trail – 1 mile – easy
Stonecutters Loop Trail – 0.1 mile – easy
Turkey Trail – .8 mile – easy
Whispering Pines Trail – 0.25 mile – easy

Gildersleeve Mountain, which is partially in Chapin Forest, where a short hike will take you to the indisputably best vista in all of Ohio. On days with good visibility, the panorama includes the skyline of downtown Cleveland, the Chagrin River Valley, and Lake Erie. Old growth, mixed oak, Hemlock hardwood, and Beech Maple forests, plus outcroppings of bedrock create ledges and provide spectacular natural beauty. Plus the old-growth forest is filled with woodland birds. Barred Owls are common although reclusive, nesting Dark-eyed Juncos, Hooded Warblers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, and Winter Wren. Ruffed Grouse is a possibility here. There are good varieties of migrants, especially during fall migration. 29 Warbler species have been found here during fall migration including Kirtland’s Warbler.

A description with a map of a 4.7-mile hike on trails in the Chapin Forest Reservation are on the AllTrails website.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Chapin Forest Reservation Official Website and Haans Petruschke