West Creek Valley - TRAIL

West Creek Valley - Trail, Parma, Ohio

The current park area is offically 160 acres but plans exist to expand it to 400 acres. The park is owned by the City of Parma. I wrote an email to the land management committe asking about their biking policies. I received a reply from the Director of the West Creek Preservation Committee stating that "currently no formal policy on allowable activities pertaining to bicycle use exists. ATV's are however prohibited." Most of the land is not developable which is great terrain for mtn biking. About 3/4 of the trail is doubletrack carved out or mutilated by the ORV crowd. The downhills are steep. Some are almost not climbable. There are two loops that I have found on the West and NE corners. The West loop crosses the Creek twice. Climb up on the East loop and you will have a great view of Downtown Cleveland. A huge (for the Westside) downhill on this side will provide that much needed adrenaline rush. Overall there are a handful of log crossings. One downhill has a monster banked turn which only the ORVs can create. Hardly anyone is here on the weekdays. Watch out for hikers and ORV idiots on the weekend.

User Reviews (7)

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Mike safran   Cross Country Rider [Aug 03, 2012]

Since your talking about Parma trails and west creek... I've been building a trail in Parma on west creek. It's not official or anything but I'm very pleased so far. There is now 1 mile of rideable trail from behind the elks lodge on snow behind the McDonald's almost to tuxedo park in Brooklyn hits on the other side of broad view. It follows the creek mainly up on a ridge the trail
Is mostly downhill ran from the elks. You can't miss the entrance behind the elks lodge in the corner. At some parts you come out into the grass near apartments and go back in it shouldnt be to hard to follow. The trail will go the whole length of west creek to pleasant valley when I'm done. More to come soon. Let me know how you like it and if you can help. Thanks
Mike

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Ryan G   Cross Country Rider [Aug 03, 2010]

Nothing incredible but something to do in Parma. Despite it not being "incredible" it is very fun. Starts with a huge downhill, huge up hill, and then another huge downhill. Crosses a creek and then it's smooth single track the rest of the way with a couple more creek crossings. You know you are on the right path if you see an old parking lot on your way down the path. It gets a little confusing at parts (after creek crossings and path seems to disappear but it doesn't take long to find the path again. There are areas where the trail has areas branching off but they do not lead anywhere special, I suggest just following the main path. Not sure about length.

5 STAR FOR BEING SOMETHING TO RIDE IN PARMA!!!

Customer Service

Enter through Camp Corde. Drive or bike up hill until you see a road to the left almost at the top and by police tape where some of the most amazing bmx trails used to be. Take this path down until you see a hill to the right with dark brown dirt and little grass on it. Walk up the hill and that's where the single track starts.

Similar Products Used: There's a trail by Bush's funeral home on Ridge Road. The trail is called "Parmanian Desperado" on this website. About 2 miles long but do it back and forth and it magically becomes 4.
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Ryan   Weekend Warrior [Aug 08, 2007]

I work for the CMP and West Creek Reservation is absolutely amazing. Since the Metroparks have taken over we have cleaned up tons and tons of metal and garbage. The paths are definately awesome for novice as well as professional riders. The best path so far is the one I ride daily.

Customer Service

Starting at the main entrance to the park take the Channel 19 drive south till you get to an asphalt path on the left. Take it up to the top and make a right into the woods. You'll ride along the top of the ridge until you get to a downhill and a few logs. Then you have to take a switchback off to the right down a shale hill and another switchback to the left and finally a drop off into the creek and up to the main trail. After doing that ride half-way up the Center Park hill and make a right off the main path into the woods which goes downhill into the creek leading to a huge...HUGE uphill and around the outskirts of the park. Nice.

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nicksmurf   Racer [Aug 01, 2003]

I live on the corner on Ridgewood and Broadview. If you want the best experience, park at St. Sava's church and enter the trail in front of the bar on the corner. Ride it till you get to the creek and follow the trail south till it ends or you get bored, then turn around and come back. While decending into the valley from the broadview side there are some wicked hills. Make sure your breaks work and you have good tires. The only way to climb the steep hills is with an alluminum fraim mountain bike. Steel bikes flex to much to get the power to the wheels and weigh an extra couple pounds. I used to borrow my friend's Canondale and ride back there with him a lot. I could make it up only half the steep hills. Walking the bike up sucks but it's a great ride. I've fallen decending the hills a couple times, no fun at all! If your in the area, go for it! Oh yeah, I love riding down (inside) the creek too, you can start on the south side and go north and it's lots of fun.

Customer Service

Exit I-77 @ Plesant Valley and drive west, then turn north on Broadview. or Exit I-480 go South on State, and turn east on W. Ridgewood and drive to the Broadview Intersection. All the good trails are in the woods closer to the intersection, the city parking lot is directly next to the creek and you would have to backtrack all the way to the corner to get to the beginning...

Similar Products Used: Cannal Towpath Tinkers Creek (inside the creek, got yelled at by the police in the spring (cold) once.
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scwman   [Jul 02, 2002]

As the trail description states, it is mostly ORV double track. All the trails are in the woods. Steep valley terrain makes for some fun downhills. In short, this place is a great LOCAL ride for Clevelanders and therefore gets 4 stars. I almost regret posting the review because this place is mostly unknown.

Customer Service

480 to State Road South. East on Ridgewood.

Similar Products Used: NE Ohio: The Knob, West Branch
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Rob   [Sep 09, 2002]

I've been back there with my Jeep about 5 years ago, before it bacame a park, and once with my bike, last summer. Two buddies had to walk their bikes out due to flats from broken glass. Remember, this land was once a landfill for the city of Parma, so you will find stuff back there just waiting for nice soft rubber to pass over. I haven't been back there since, but I might have to make another trip there in the next week or so. I am only giving it 2 wheels because of the amount of broken glass. I might have to update that after my next ride there.

Customer Service

Enter from Ridgewood, just west of Broadview Road.

Similar Products Used: Parmanain Desperado trail (who named it that!!!) I usually go out of state to find good rides.
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scwman   [Sep 24, 2002]

I have never had a flat here from glass. In fact, the only time was from a thorn and I have ridden here about 40 times.

Get a clue Rob.

This trail is great for anyone who wants a midweek ride and is 20 min. away or less. It will take a few rides to figure out all the trails.

Similar Products Used: The Knob or West Branch
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Raiderjakk   [Dec 10, 2002]

There are some nice places to grind it out on this trail.... some of the hills are murder, others are just fun. Not too technical, however, easy to get lost and double-back on yourself.

There's also an old parking lot way inside the park that is mostly soup and swamp goo - however, it is interesting to see what was around before development started enroaching.

I have no idea if this place is legal. I've since moved out of Parma and I haven't been back in to see what's happened with it.

It is a fun ride. There is also a portion behind Parmadale that is single-track that follows a ridge near some of the towers that is awesome. It looked incomplete at the time and quite illegal, but the line on it was great. You could also cliff-dive out from it back into the valley. Sweetness.

btw - I named Parmanian Desparado because if you're desparare to ride around Parma, that was a nice place to go. :-)

Customer Service

Not sure... I rode it before it was a park....

Similar Products Used: Not many there at all... go out to Atchison for legal riding when okay. Kennerdell in PA, Donlinson Run in WVA, Knob in Wooster, Tsali in NC, and Alleghany in NY... all (except Tsali) are within 3 hours of Parma.
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Rob   [Jan 20, 2003]

Scwman, you're telling me to get a clue! Remember that this "park" was at one time a land-fill! Also, a drinking hang-out for the local kids, who would rather throw the empties, than pack them out.

Stay out of any mud in the area, because it really reeks!

Scwman, email me if you can, I want to ask you something.

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