The Terra Vista Natural Study Area is a hidden treasure in the local area. It doesn't seem to be on "the radar", but it's full of nice and varied terrain.
The initial ascent is a little steep, but the hike itself explores a plateau. One of the interesting things I found up there was an old graveyard from the 1800s.
What to expect
We'll probably spend a couple of hours out there. There may be a little mud, and parts of the area appear to be marshy, so if it rains be sure to wear appropriate footwear.
How to get there
At the intersection of Canal Rd and Tinker's Creek Rd, head a little ways down Tinker's Creek Rd. You will see a sign for the trailhead on the left.
There's a great restaurant with outside seating on the river a couple minutes down the road from here.
Tinkers Creek Road Tavern
14000 Tinkers Creek Rd
Walton Hills, OH 44146
Dogs are welcome on this hike.
Group hiking ethic
Here are some of the basic safety protocols our group will practice while on the trail:
Since the pace of the group is dictated by it's slowest member, we will take periodic rest stops, waiting until everyone's breathing has returned to normal before continuing on.
Group size will be limited to a manageable number. For a single leader, expect hikes to be limited to ~12 people. For hikes with multiple leaders present, this may increase (one leader will take "sweep", acting as the tail).
The head of the group should usually be within visual distance of the tail. If the group is too "strung out", leader will call for the head to wait so we can gather again. If another leader is acting as tail, we may allow a bit more "stretch" to the group.
We will stop and gather at all trail branchings and intersections, regardless of the number of leaders present.
We will not abandon you, or leave you behind.