The Hemlock Creek Trail in Independence is finally becoming a reality, with a public groundbreaking planned for Saturday, June 2, 2018.
The 1.7-mile asphalt Hemlock Creek Trail will begin at Brecksville Road and Selig Drive in Independence in the west, then travel through parts of historic Independence and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). It will ultimately meet up at the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail as its eastern terminus.
After more than a decade of planning, the Hemlock Creek Trail is the latest addition to a growing network of trails that users can travel from Tuscarawas County all the way up to Cleveland’s lakefront.
While some of the land on the trail is owned by the City of Independence, the rest is owned by Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, and Cumberland Real Estate Development.
Starting at Selig Drive (where the city’s civic center is), adjacent to the Cleveland Clinic’s Business Operation Center, the trail will follow a portion of Old Stone Road, past the Haydite mine, and over the Cuyahoga River.
West Creek Conservancy has helped secure over $2.5 million for this initiative so far through the Federal Transportation Bill and the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, with additional support provided by the City of Independence, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association, as well as numerous private donors, such as the Independence Garden Club.