A moderately challenging trail that runs from Brecksville to Everett.
At a Glance:
A 25-mile horse-friendly trail that welcomes runners and hikers and provides a good challenge.
Distance & Difficulty
- Brecksville to Boston Store: 6.9 miles, moderate
- Boston Store to Wetmore Trailhead: 9.25 miles, moderate
- Wetmore Trailhead to Everett Covered Bridge: 2.75 miles, easy
In total, Valley Trail spans close to 19 miles, but you have the option of attacking it in three segments: Everett Covered Bridge Trail to Wetmore Trailhead (2.75 miles), Wetmore Trailhead 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 hike the corner diagonally opposite from the kiosk in Everett Covered Bridge’s parking lot. From there you will 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 hike 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
Valley 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.
Directions, Trailheads, and Regulations
Park at the Everett Covered Bridge Lot. CVNP is open year-round, 24 hours a day, and does not charge a fee. Visitors may bring dogs as long as they are on a six-foot leash.
Take I-77S to Exit 143 for OH-176 toward I-271 N/Richefield. Turn left onto Wheatley Road. Take a slight right to stay on Wheatley Road. The Everett Covered Bridge Trailhead will be on your right.