Mountain Run Station is a 32-acre park in southwestern Hambden
Township that provides access to the section of The Maple Highlands Trail that runs from South Street in Chardon to Headwaters Park in Huntsburg Township. It is Geauga Park District's intent to protect this natural area in
The hilly terrain of Geauga County reaches its peak nearby – thus, the Lake Branch of the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the site of today's Maple Highlands Trail became known as the "Mountain Run."
From the time the B&O Railroad first petitioned to abandon the railway in 1976, Geauga Park District Board of Park Commissioners expressed interest in converting those rails to multi-use trails. In 1986, the Geauga County Commissioners and Geauga Park District Commissioners passed resolutions to pursue the purchase, management and maintenance of the abandoned railroad property. Funding was received from Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA).
On September 15, 2007, Mountain Run Station was officially named a park in its own right.
Mountain Run Station features the 1,900-foot (0.36-mile) Chardon Run Way, which leads visitors from Chardon Rotary Shelter to The Maple Highlands Trail.
All sections of The Maple Highlands Trial are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Consideration of others will make everyone’s experiences more pleasant. Please remember the following:
● The trail is only open to non-motorized forms of transportation (motorized wheelchairs permitted).
● Bicyclists and rollerbladers should travel in a controlled, responsible manner at all times.
● Pedestrians always have the right of way.
● Bicyclists must yield to all others.
● Keep right except to pass.
● Pass with caution: announce that you are passing so as not to startle others.
● Move off the trail when stopped.
● Pets must be leashed; clean up after your pets.
● Trash receptacles are not provided: “Pack it in, pack it out.”
● Yield to law enforcement, maintenance and emergency vehicles.
● Respect private property: stay within the trail corridor.
● Know your limitations.
● Keep your bicycles and rollerblades well maintained; check tires and brakes before you start out.
● Wear brightly colored clothing and proper safety attire (e.g., helmets, knee
pads and footwear).
● Take a bottle of water to avoid dehydration.
● Carry a cell phone and proper ID in case of emergencies.
● Obey all traffic signs and yield to cross traffic at
Mountain Run Station is a starting point for The Maple Highlands Trail – Central, which takes visitors 8.2 miles through a variety of habitats, including woodlands, wetlands, farm fields and Amish neighborhoods. Opportunities abound to spot wild turkeys and white tail deer, as well as turtles and snakes crossing the trail.
This park itself is primarily a lawn area with a retention pond, but is growing up with good "edge habitat," meaning it attracts a variety of nesting songbirds and small mammals sheltered by the thickets. Pines nearer the parking area give way to maples with a short venture away.
Click the map below to see Mountain Run Station plotted by Google Maps and get directions.
From I-90: Exit I-90 at Route 44. Turn right onto Main Street/US-6 W/OH-44 S. Turn left onto Water Street/US-6/OH-44 and follow US-6, which becomes South Hambden Street, which becomes Chardon Windsor Road/CR-13. Continue 0.1 miles. Park is on the right.
From I-422: Travel US-422 and continue to follow Main Market Road. Turn right onto Madison Road/Main Street/OH-528/OH-88 and follow Madison Road/OH-528. Turn left onto Old State Road/OH-608 and follow OH-608. Turn left onto Chardon Windsor Road/CR-13 and continue 3.4 miles. Park is on the left.