“A wooded loop around the Brecksville Reservation that includes multiple creeks.”
— Christine Esswein
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Wildlife
An moderate trail with many features along the way.
Nearing 4 miles, this loop hike leads visitors through some of the most beautiful, rolling terrain in the park. While many trails see high visitor traffic, this trail offers a more secluded route, perfect for those looking to spend some time away from the city.
The Deer Lick Cave Loop Trail is a nice wooded trail through the Brecksville Reservation. A portion of the trail follows the Valley Parkway which is a good place to start the trail since there is parking along that road. The trailhead along this road is also where the Deer Lick Cave is. As you head north along the parkway, you meet up with Chippewa Creek Drive, which is another good access point. There is a picnic area here near the trail.
A portion of this trail is shared with the Bridle Trail, so watch your step. Also, the trail can be muddy and slick during wet conditions. Generally, this whole loop is fairly mellow, and there won't be too many big strenuous hills, though the terrain is rolling. The loop is fairly well maintained and enjoyable.