Storybook Trails are great ways to experience the gift of reading while being outdoors & exploring our local parks/libraries. Director of Ohio Department of Natural Resources said it best, “Visiting a Storybook Trail is a great opportunity for families to enjoy learning in the outdoors together. Kids of all ages will find fun and interactive ways to engage with these stories all while discovering more about conservation and the natural world.”
That’s why I’ve put together a list of Storybook Trails on Cleveland’s West Side for you to easily find these trails. Click each city for the location.
1. ROCKY RIVER – Rocky River Public Library has a trail right outside the library. There is a new book each & every week.
2. BAY VILLAGE – The Bay Village Branch StoryWalk is presented with support from the Friends of the Bay Village Library. The StoryWalk runs along the exterior of the branch and features the story Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin.
3. BAY VILLAGE – Lake Erie Nature & Science Center has a short Storybook Trail outside the building on the Bunny Trail. There is a new book each & every week.
4. WESTLAKE – Westlake Porter Public Library and the City of Westlake have partnered to provide a StoryWalk in the Westlake Recreation Center Park, located along the walking path near the playground. New books are out monthly.
5. BROOKLYN – Located in Marquardt Park, a new storybook trail can be found here during the summer months.
6. OLMSTED FALLS – David Fortier Park in Olmsted Falls had a storybook trail last year. Not 100% sure if it will return this year but worth checking out if in the area.
7. NORTH RIDGEVILLE – South Central Park has a great storywalk. This park itself is picturesque – there’s pretty pond & the playground is great here.
8. AVON LAKE – Kopf Family Resevation through Lorain County Metro Parks has a storybook trail that gets updated regularly. This hidden reservation is behind the Avon Lake Public Library.
9. AVON – Every Child’s Playground has a super cute storybook trail behind the playground in the woods on the walking path.
10. BEREA – Located in Coe Lake adjacent to Mucklo Playground, you’ll find a nice StoryWalk trail in the woods by the lake.
11. LAGRANGE – Lorain County Metro Parks has a storybook trail within the Carlisle Reservation in Lagrange. This one is located at the Children’s Discovery Trail which has super fun exploration cabins & interactive paintings on the pavement.
12. LAGRANGE – This one is at Lagrange Community Park.
13. WELLINGTON – This brand new Storybook trail is at Findley State Park in Wellington.
14. WELLINGTON – A new Storywalk is up at Herrick Memorial Library. Our newest title is “The Very Impatient Caterpillar” (not to be confused with The Very Hungry Caterpillar) by Ross Burach. Be sure to pick up a map at the library’s book return as it includes an additional hand out; Exploring a Bug’s life! This has some fun activities to do with your children.
15. VERMILION – Part scavenger hunt, part storytime. Each Wednesday during the Summer Reading Program, you can enjoy a stroll around Ritter Public Library to read a story. At the end of the tale, find a secret code that children participating in our digital Summer Reading Program can enter to redeem a ticket.
Know of any others on the west side I should add to the list?