Save Hinckley Bridle Trails

SAVE the NATURAL Bridle Trails in Hinckley Reservation Cleveland Metropark Officers have closed off Horse Trails within Hinckley Reservation to all Equestrians without notice or warning; only by ticketing. These bridle (horse) trails have been in place for over 40 years and used by both horse trail riders (equestrians) and hikers alike. The closing of these bridle trails have not only cut off access from local horse barns to the reservation, but also increased the number of equestrians on the main gravel out and back trail; a potential increase in injuries to horse and human by limiting access and forcing all to use the cement hard rock/gravel man-made trail or narrow, winding vehicle roads to reach the main trail. By signing this petition, you agree to show support in this effort to save the Natural Bridle Trails within Hinckley Reservation and request the Cleveland Metroparks do the following: 1. Re-OPEN EXISTING Natural Trails within the Hinckley Reservation to Equestrians and Hikers as they have been used by both for over 40 years. These are the horse trails that have been used as loop trails within the park for 40+ years by equestrians; the trails that allow local horse barns to access the trail system; the trails the Cleveland Metropark officers are currently ticketing without warning to all equestrians using this 40+ year old trail system. 2. In order to maintain the beauty of Hinckley Reservation, these Natural Horse Trails will remain as they exist today with a natural dirt, natural rock base as footing. In order to sustain the trail, changes made will be as natural as possible with an attempt to maintain them as a single track dirt trail. This will minimize the unnatural, man-made, oversized, gravel trails within the park system. 3. No NEW Natural Trails will be cut, built or blazed by equestrians without additional agreement between the Cleveland Metroparks and the local Equestrians working and riding within Hinckley Reservation. 4. Signs indicating the Natural Horse Dirt trails are open to Equestrians shall be erected along with notice at the trail head parking areas. This will eliminate any potential off-trail riding and will clearly indicate where Equestrians are allowed or not allowed to be within the Hinckley Reservation. 5. Local Equestrians will do their best to assist in maintaining these NATURAL Horse trails as they exist today with natural footing of dirt; not the rock base as on the man-made main trails. By clicking the "Sign Petition" button, this acts as a Virtual Signature and means that you have read, understand and agree to the above petition, are providing your true information that may be presented to the Cleveland Metroparks in an effort to save the bridle trails. Don't forget to sign the other petition at There is a link on RIGHT side.


Equestrians concerned with Saving Trails from closures.


Please Sign the Petition! Detailed letters and comments may be sent directly to Please include your true name and contact information. We will gather the letters along with signed petitions to present to Cleveland Metroparks. Don't forget to sign the other petition at


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    , United States

    6 years ago Comments: The closing of said bridle trail is unwarranted, also there was no postings of closing of said trail and tickets were issued without any warnings.
  • username

    , United States

    6 years ago Comments: Please save these trails! Thank you, Paulette
  • username

    , Greece

    6 years ago
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