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This is a very pleasurable hike traveling through several different habitats.

Lake Trail follows the perimeter of the CCC-built Kendall Lake. The hike is only a mile long over easy terrain. It's a good walk for families wanting to see a little wildlife yet not hiking far from civilization. The trail begins from behind the beautiful American chestnut picnic shelter. Be sure to stay on the designated trail. NPS has fenced off broken routes in an attempt to re-establish plant life. As you wind around the lake, you'll travel through a tunnel bringing you to an area once used for tobogganing. An interpretive signs tells of the heyday enjoyed by many youth. This area is slightly removed from the busy picnic area, so stay alert to wildlife sightings. Even though we did not see a wild turkey, we could certainly see where they had been scratching the ground. Incidentally, this was just above some very obvious beaver activity and right alongside a great blue heron standing statuesque in the lake's cattail and lily pad cove. As you venture along the lake's edge, you'll traverse several habitats including an open field where Salt Run Trail makes a junction with Lake Trail. As you cross several low-lying areas keep an eye out for non-poisonous snakes including black snakes and garter snakes, both common in the park. The trail carries you over to the lake's spillway where an open mowed area is perfect for a small family ground-level picnic and for tossing a fishing line into the water. As the trail comes to an end, it ventures alongside a road, and back into the parking area via the parking lot entrance. Watch children carefully.

Directions: From Peninsula, OH, Travel south along Akron Peninsula Road about a mile turning left (east) onto Truxell / Kendall Park Road. Go about 1.3 miles to reach Kendall Lake. The trail begins behind the large picnic shelter.

Elevation: 850 feet

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

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