The Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Office is tucked away off Lakeshore Blvd just east of MLK Drive and north of the Shoreway. Pull into the large parking lot and head up the hill to the picnic meadows and turn north toward the lake. A turnstile admits you into the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve.
Created from sediment dredged from the Cuyahoga River, the waste disposal area was originally called Dike 14. Once sludge disposal ceased in 1999, plant and animal life took over. It’s especially a paradise for bird watchers, with 280 species spotted. But in the half mile walk to a platform overlooking the lake, you’ll see wildflowers, grasses, butterflies, deer and rabbits, as well as stone sculptures, with glimpses through the trees of the marina off MLK. Walking back as the sun is setting, you’ll find your path lit by countless fireflies.
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