Lake County, Ohio, Lake Erie East Features New 2005 Fall Foliage Driving Tours and Attractions

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Lake County, Ohio’s smallest county, features 15,000 acres of foliaged land, preserved for public viewing. The Northeast Ohio Lake Erie coastal county borders Cleveland and Ashtabula, off Interstate 90 and Route 2. Unlike other east coast popular destinations, where full tree colors quickly fade, Lake County has a more diverse tree stock of red maples, oaks and sugar maples providing up to three weeks of color. The fall foliage tour is a “view shed” offering scenic routes to follow (www.lakevisit.com).

The driving tour features streams, watersheds, nurseries, tea rooms, vineyards, historic sites and waterfalls.

Select Lake County destinations with specific stops include:
– 235-acre Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland is one of Lake
Metroparks’ 27 parks encompassing 7,015 acres. Planters overlook at
Lake Farmpark is the highest location with panoramic views. Lake
Metroparks offers 37 miles of trails plus the 4.4-mile Greenway
Corridor all purpose/bike path.
– Lake Metroparks’ Penitentiary Glen Nature Center features a deep scenic
gorge with Stoney Brook which cuts through 300 acres of field and
forest including pathways.
– Chapin Forest Reservation in Kirtland holds stories of our ancient past
in the rocks and crevices of its ledges. Hiking trails meander along
these rock formations and also offer views of Lake Erie and the
Cleveland skyline from the highest point in Lake Metroparks.
– The Hidden Valley Park trail in Madison follows the Grand River,
designated a Wild and Scenic River by the State of Ohio for its minimal
development and natural landscape.
– Over five miles of trails at Girdled Road Reservation lead to wetlands,
meadows and mature forests. Experience the beauty of fall on foot,
horseback or bicycle on the gravel-surfaced trails of Lake Metroparks’
largest park.
– Hell Hollow Wilderness Area is a park of extremes – a short, easy
upland trail offers spectacular views of the Paine Creek Valley in all
its autumn glory; for the more adventurous, 262 steps lead down to
Paine Creek and challenging footpaths through the untamed floodplain.
– Chagrin River Park in Eastlake/Willoughby features a 220-foot
pedestrian bridge crossing the Ohio-designated scenic river, the
Chagrin River. (www.lakemetroparks.com)
– Hatch Ohio State Nature Preserve offers an 81-acre forested track of
land overlooking the Chagrin River.
– The Holden Arboretum, in Kirtland, one of the USA’s largest with 3,100
acres, features 350 species of 16,000 woody plants; an
elevated viewing deck for such sites as Little Mountain; a 125-acre,
1,266-foot peak elevation site; and 425-acre Stebbins Gulch. The
American Association of Museums accredits Holden. “In the natural
areas, there is a diversity of plant and animal life that is
unparalleled anywhere in this park of the state.” (Great Lakes Group
Tour Magazine) (www.holdenarb.org)
– The 450-acre Mentor Lagoons Preserve, off State Route 2 at 615 north
exit, offers an extensive trail system with 1.5 miles of wild beach.
(www.cityofmentor.com)
– The 643-acre Carol H. Sweet Nature Center, 5185 Corduroy Road, combines
marsh, forest and beach habits with trails. (440) 257-0777
– Headlands State Beach Park and Sand Dunes Preserve, Ohio’s longest
beach in Mentor (State Route 44 north) includes the rare Headlands
Dunes State Nature Preserve. (www.cityofmentor.com) (440) 257-1331
– Lake County History Center, 8610 King Memorial Road, Kirtland Hills, a
20-acre turn-of-the-century summer estate, is perched atop a bluff with
a view of Lake Erie on a clear day. (www.lakehistory.org)
(440) 255-8979
– The Herb Society of America is headquartered in Kirtland, and offers a
garden, bookstore and library for herb research. (www.herbsociety.org)
– Lake County has 100 nurseries collectively occupying 2,700 acres of
land. Lake County Nursery offers self-guided tours of experimental
gardens.
– Chalet Debonne, Ohio’s largest estate winery, is nestled in the Grand
River Valley with over 100 acres of vineyards.

Lake County has newly renovated hotels, B & B’s, plus a Frank Lloyd Wright vacation rental house, one of only three in the world, for getaways, conferences, and retreats. (www.lakevisit.com)

The Lake County, Ohio fall colors tour can also be mailed with supporting visitor information by calling 800-368-LAKE (5253), or by e-mail – ask@lakevisit.com.

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