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Furnace Run Metro Park

Furnace Run

Metro Park
Facebook Photo: Furnace Run, Daffodil Trail

Park Areas

Brushwood Area

Address 4955 Townsend Rd.
Richfield, OH 44286

Hours Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Old Mill Trail Old Mill Trail 1.0 C 1 Hike through beech-maple woods and view the Brush Family marker.
Rock Creek Trail Rock Creek Trail 1.2 C 1 Hike along Rock Creek, lined with sycamores, crossing bridges through scenic beech-maple woods.

Daffodil Trail

Address 3100 Brush Rd.
Richfield, OH 44286

Hours Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Daffodil Trail Daffodil Trail 0.6 C 1 Throughout mid-spring, discover an estimated 40,000 daffodils that were first planted here in the late 1930s.

Classes: A = Multipurpose  |  B = Accessible*  |  C = Basic  |  D = Primitive**  |  E = Bridle

Ratings: 1 = Easy  |  2 = Moderate  |  3 = Difficult

* Flat, easy trail or section with asphalt or crushed limestone surface.

See our  Spree For All page for more information about accessible trails.

** Rugged and challenging with uneven surfaces and steep, narrow routes

Park Map

Furnace Run Map

History & Wildlife

Named after early iron smelting furnaces along the Cuyahoga River, Furnace Run Stream passes through the 890-acre Furnace Run Metro Park, which began in 1929 when the family of Charles Francis Brush Jr. donated 272 acres to Summit Metro Parks. Much of the park was developed by work relief crews during the 1930s. Brushwood Lake, a once-popular swimming spot before erosion and sedimentation forced its closing in 1956, was created by diverting the natural flow of the Furnace Run Stream.

In early spring, tens of thousands of daffodils bloom along the H.S. Wagner Daffodil Trail. Wagner, the first director-secretary of Metro Parks, owned the land off Brush Road and planted the first bulbs along the trail. After he retired in 1958, he sold the property to Metro Parks and the land became part of Furnace Run Metro Park. Today, along the Old Mill trail, be sure to look for the Brush Family marker, which reads: "To all those who love as he loved the far sky and smiling land."

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Furnace Run is one of the cleanest tributaries to the Cuyahoga River. With excellent water quality, the stream provides habitat for pollution-sensitive species like rainbow darters and mayflies. Just south of Brushwood Lake flows a recently restored stretch of Furnace Run. This award-winning environmental project recreated several thousand feet of habitat for aquatic wildlife and native fish. Rock Creek, a tributary to Furnace Run, runs along Rock Creek Trail, providing habitat for countless macroinvertebrates and scenic bridge crossings for park visitors.

Along the trails, find mature beech-maple forests, spring wildflowers, and many species of birds, including owls, hawks, herons, warblers and waterfowl. Downstream from the lake, the wet woods of sycamores, black walnuts, willows and shrubs welcome an occasional family of beavers. Brushwood Lake is home to a diversity of pond life, including fish, frogs and turtles.

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  • Take a hike or enjoy the view
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Sledding
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
  • Lodge