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  • 15 - Penitentiary Glen Reservation

    Lake Metroparks
    8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road
    Kirtland, OH 44094


    Public Access

    Open daily, sunrise to half an hour past sunset


    Hiking Trails, Equestrian Trails, Restrooms, Visitors Center, Picnic Area, Handicap Accessible Trails, Checklist Available, Sightings Board, Outdoor Feeders, Wildlife Observation Window, Binocular Rentals

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 36'43.15"; W 81° 19'47.00"

    Driving Directions

    Take I-90 to State Route 306 south for about one mile. Turn left onto State Route 615. Turn right (east) onto Kirtland-Chardon Road and continue for two miles. Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located on the right (south) side of the road.

    What to Look For

    Nearly eight miles of hiking trails thread through this 400+ acre Lake County Metropark. A deep gorge bisects the property, and provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Lake County. Access to the gorge is by guided hike only; information on gorge hikes can be obtained at the nature center.

    Penitentiary Glen features an excellent nature center, and a companion wildlife rehabilitation facility. Visitors should check in to obtain more information about the reservation, and get updates on birds in the area.

    One hundred and twenty species of breeding birds have been found, including nice species of hawks and owls. Both species of cuckoos are possible, and some of the rarer regional nesters include Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, and Winter Wren. Breeding warblers include Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Yellow-breasted Chat. There is a record of a territorial Brewster's Warbler (hybrid between Blue-winged and Golden-winged warblers).