“The premier trail of Chapin Forest and one of the most scenic in NE Ohio.”
— Steve Creech
Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife
The trail is open to bikers and horses. Keep your eyes and ears open for bikers speeding along. If encountering horses, give them the right of way and step off the downhill side of the trail and wait to allow the horse to pass. The trail is popular, so please be friendly and say "hi" to everyone else out enjoying the forest!
The Lucky Stone Loop Trail (recognizable at signposts with a blue "blaze" and 5 white rocks logo) starts from the Ledges Shelter and parking area at the end of Park Road off of 306. From the parking lot, there are two trails heading uphill, one roughly paved for a short distance, the other dirt and gravel.
Taking a right at the head of the uphill climb will take you past an interpretive sign and onto a section of the Buckeye Trail; a 1444 mile loop trail throughout Ohio. The western half of Lucky Stone Loop is also part of the Buckeye Trail. There are several social trails that you can take to stay closer to the cliff edges, but the main trail stays to the left. As you continue around the loop heading to the south, be sure to check out the viewpoint. It is a beautiful overlook of the forest, the downtown Cleveland skyline, and Lake Erie.
As you reach the southern end of the trail, you can take a short spur trail which will connect you to the Arbor Lane Loop Trail
(and Buckeye Trail) or continue to the left to stay on the Lucky Stone Loop Trail and continue up to the northeast. There are some social trails that head downhill off the main trail, although the social trails will have less apparent use. The Lucky Stone Loop Trail weaves its way through roots and rocks overlooking many roughly 300 million year old Sharon Conglomerate boulders and ledges to the right. Continuing along you can descend back to the Ledges Shelter and your vehicle or continue along the Turkey Trail
(and Buckeye Trail).