My husband and I love to stop at different parks during our travels to really just anywhere. If we are going to the store and pass a park we haven’t really noticed, we will stop just to see what’s offered. If we are traveling from Cincinnati to Cleveland, a three hour trip could take us six because we stop along the way to visit the many different local parks or reserves.
This was one of those trips. We were in Willoughby, Ohio – near Cleveland- and stopped at North Chagrin Reservation. Since the 1920’s this park has offered trials, fishing, picnic areas, nature and educational centers, and much more. But, one thing that is not advertised is the amount of deer on the reservation.
We had an up-close-and-personal, unforgettable experience one afternoon with a family of deer. They were aware we were standing and watching and were on guard, but really didn’t seem to mind. They were amazing and I had to share the photos with everyone.
Besides the deer, visitors will experience the same kind of encounters with water birds, bullfrogs, geese, ducks, squirrels and other wildlife. Located in Mayfield Village, Willoughby Hills and Gates Mills, it’s a very convenient and family friendly park to visit.
The next time we happen to be by this nature paradise, we will bring a picnic. It’s hard telling what else we would have seen. It was Heaven. I’m glad it wasn’t hunting season and glad this family is protected in these woods.
North Chagrin Reservation
4101 Fulton Parkway
Cleveland, OH 44144
Have you ever experienced anything like this while visiting any Ohio parks? If so, I would love to hear about it.