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  • At-A-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Natural Features
  • Local Resources
  • 22 - Lake View Cemetery

    The cemetery is located just east of Cleveland, in Euclid. There are two entrances: 12316 Euclid Avenue on the cemetery’s north side, and there is also a gate on the south side, at the intersection of Mayfield and Kenilworth roads.

    Public Access

    Gates are open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Amenities

    Restrooms, hiking trails, roadways

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 30'50.15"; W 81° 35'55.91"

    Driving Directions

    From the East: Take I-90 W to Eddy Road/Exit 178. Turn left on to Eddy Road. Turn right on to Euclid Avenue. The entrance at 12316 Euclid Avenue is on the left.

    Another option is to take I-271 N to Mayfield Road/Exit 34. Drive west on Mayfield Road/US-322 for approximately seven miles. Immediately before Mayfield Road goes down into Little Italy, at the intersection of Mayfield and Kenilworth Roads, is Lake View’s Mayfield Gate. Turn right into the Cemetery.

    From the West: Take I-90 East to Chester Avenue/Exit 173B. Turn right on to Chester Avenue/US-322 E. Turn left on to Euclid Avenue/US-20. The entrance at 12316 Euclid Avenue is on the right.

    From the South: Take I-77 N to I-490 W/Exit 161B, toward I-71/Toledo/E. 55th Street. Turn left on to E. 55th Street. Turn right on to Chester Avenue/US-322 E. Turn left on to Euclid Avenue/US-20. Our entrance at 12316 Euclid Avenue is on the right.

    A second option is to take I-71 N, which merges into I- 90 E. Take I-90 E to Chester Avenue/US-322 E. Turn left on to Euclid Avenue/US-20. Our entrance at 12316 Euclid Avenue is on the right.

    What to Look For

    Lake View Cemetery, which covers 285 acres, is one of the most famous cemeteries in Ohio. Notable people interred in the cemetery include President James A. Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, and Elliot Ness. The cemetery is also considered an arboretum and the grounds are cloaked with mature trees of many species. Lake Erie is only five miles to the north and can easily be seen from the summit of the 180 foot tall Garfield Monument. The cemetery’s proximity to Lake Erie makes it an excellent locale to find great numbers and diversity of migrant songbirds, both spring and fall. About 190 species have been thus far recorded, including 32 species of warblers. Two ponds provide water features that lure a surprising number of waterfowl – 19 species have been found. The cemetery’s location on high ground makes it an excellent spot to watch for migrant raptors, especially in spring, and good numbers of Broad-winged, Red-tailed, and Red-shouldered hawks can be seen as well as other species.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    American and Least bitterns have turned up, as has Red Phalarope.

    Natural Features

    Lake View is much more than a cemetery. Its 285 acres are a forested oasis in a very urban area, and some of the region’s largest and oldest trees can be found in the cemetery. There are two state champion trees – the largest of their species known in Ohio. The human history is also fascinating. There is about 104,000 people interred in Lake View Cemetery, including many individuals who played major roles in the founding of Cleveland. A tour of James A. Garfield’s massive monument is a must. Nearby is the 65-foot tall Rockefeller Monument; this stone obelisk is a single piece of granite weighing 357,680 lbs.