A. B. Williams Memorial Woods - North Chagrin Reservation
A nice park with several recreational trails and picnic areas is the setting for this high-quality 65-acre beech-maple forest that continues to be one of the best examples in Ohio, with 300-400 year-old beech trees. The trail is tame at first, but keep following the Sylvan Loop trail signs (marked with a maple leaf) and soon you will receive a lovely taste of what Ohio used to look like: impressive beech, maple, and even some hemlocks. Picturesque downed trees and a ravine around the margin completes the scene. A.B. Williams, Cleveland Metroparks first park naturalist, conducted his PhD research on beech-maple climax forests here in the 1930s, so we have a great snapshot of this forest from 75 yrs. ago. More recently other bird survey work, including nesting success of key forest species by Lisa Petit from the Smithsonian, has occurred here too.