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Valley Bridle Trail

Intermediate
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Horses and pedestrians are both welcome on this scenic trail.


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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

Point to Point

880' 268 m

High

634' 193 m

Low

283' 86 m

Up

495' 151 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek

Description

In total, the Valley Trail spans close to 19 miles, but you have the option of attacking it in three segments: Everett Covered Bridge Trail to Wetmore Trail (2.75 miles), Wetmore Trail to Boston Trailhead (9.25 miles), or Boston Trailhead to Brecksville Reservation (6.9 miles). They’re rated easy to moderate, but remember, they’re rated for horses, not humans.

Begin your outing at the corner diagonally opposite from the kiosk in Everett Covered Bridge’s parking lot. From there you'll cover a lot of ground through field and forest and face different terrain along the way, sometimes flat and moderate and at other times steep and sandy with fist-sized rocks that roll beneath your feet.

What Makes It Great:

Valley Trail is one of the most scenic trails in CVNP, just because it covers so much ground. The scenery along the route is beautiful, passing over the Cuyahoga River and through the woods past a few privately-owned farms, and finally to a hill that overlooks the valley. The second section, Wetmore Trailhead to Boston Trailhead, will delight nature lovers with oaks, hickories, and maple trees as well as violets, daffodils, and other flowers. If you’re still going, the remainder of the trail alternates between field and forest for your viewing pleasure.

This trail can be made as long or as short as you want and it’s speckled with interesting views and attractions along the way. You’ll pass a tree nursery that operated during the Great Depression and provided 3.5 million seedlings that repopulated the valley, the Hunt Farm Information Center, and Szalay’s Farm market at .9 miles where you can stop and take a break, but not a long one. You have a lot of ground to cover, and this is not a loop.

Who Will Love It:

The Valley Bridle Trail enables equestrians to see a wide swath of land without tiring. They can even start at one end and have someone pick them up at another trailhead with a horse trailer.

Though not as precarious as Perkins Trail, Valley presents a few challenges that serious hikers will enjoy.

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Maggie Olson

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