So named, because the Ohio & Erie Canal's deepest lock is located within the property, Deep Lock Quarry is a 73-acre open space that is situated within the Summit County Metro Parks system and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Not only is this a wonderful place for the whole family to learn some interesting history about the area and the importance of the canal system during the 1820's and 30's, but it's also a worthwhile place to recreate.
What Makes It Great
There are 3 main trails that pass through Deep Lock Quarry. The well-known Buckeye Trail is a state-wide route that skirts the outer edge of the park along the Cuyahoga River; the Cuyahoga Trail is a 13 mile loop that begins and ends at Deep Lock; and the 1.2 mile Quarry Trail is the most popular route in the park, and it takes hikers on an easy stroll through historical remnants and buckeye trees until they reach a quarry.
As mentioned, the Quarry Trail is great for the whole family. It's short, it's sweet, and it's not very strenuous by any stretch of the imagination. Plus, this is the trail that features Lock 28, which is the deepest lock on the canal. (Technically speaking, the lock isn't located directly on the trail, but it's as simple as taking a short spur). If you're looking for a very manageable lollipop loop through dense buckeye trees with ample photo opportunities, the Quarry Trail is a great choice.
Who is Going to Love It
And after you're done exploring the area, Deep Lock Quarry is also a great place to enjoy a picnic. So, pick up some food at one of the many famers' markets in nearby Peninsula, and enjoy a nice afternoon in the open air.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Deep Lock Quarry is 24 miles south of Cleveland. Take I-77 S towards Brecksville Rd (exit 146). Then prepare to zigzag your way through country roads. First take a left on Boston Mills Rd, then a right on Black Rd, then a left on OH-303 E, and finally take a right onto Riverview Rd. Follow signs for Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park.