This is a beautiful river hike in Fairview Park, Ohio, USA, area of the Rocky River Reservation, a Cleveland Metropark.
This hike starts in the Mastick Woods parking lot and heads north to Puritas Avenue where you cross over the Rocky River to the Rocky River Stables. Here you'll follow Bridle Trail 2 along the eastern shore of the Rocky River. This is an out and back trail that is flat and wide. The bridle trail is dirt and gravel with some muddy areas after heavy rainfall. Look for a trail extension off to the right that leads to the river. This is a great place for people and dogs to swim. Keep following the trail until it deadends into the river. Turn around and head back the same way. As you make your way back there is a small grassy wagon loop on the right to explore.
Once you get back to the Mastick Woods parking lot, continue on Bridle Trail 1. The length of this trail is in the woods. The trail surface is wide and flat with dirt and gravel and some mud in spots. Follow this until you come to the second high-level bridge.
Follow the unmarked path to the left along side the bridge until you reach the river. Caution here, as the bridge has warning signs for falling debris. Stay in the woods where possible.
You have now reached the unmarked, unmaintained old river trail. It is muddy and rutted, with fallen trees and debri washed ashore from the river. You are now following the western shore of the rocky river. Every step is beautiful with wildflowers, wildlife, and the relaxing sounds of the river. It'll be hard to imagine you are actually in an urban environment. Take time to explore the many rocky beach areas, small waterfalls, the spectaular shale cliffs across the river, and hidden water passages. This is great on a hot day.
As you get close to the end of the hike you will come out of the woods into the South Mastic Picnic area. Stay along the river following the Cottonwood Loop trail. This will take you back to your car.