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Hidden Art of Worden’s Ledges at Hinckley Reservation Cleveland Metroparks

Tonya Prater, Owner
One of the best kept secrets in Ohio- Worden's Ledges loop trail at Hinckley Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks.

Worden’s Ledges, located on the Hinckley Reservation, are part of Cleveland Metroparks and are just over an hour’s drive from my home, and yet, until recently, I’d never heard of this hiking trail.

Worden Heritage Homestead

With my love of roadside attractions and everything fun and quirky, I thought this would be the perfect destination for my husband and me to explore.

Visitors Center

The unique carvings can be found at the Worden Heritage Homestead at 859 Ledge Road outside of Hinckley.

The house was built in 1860 by Hiram Worden and was home to the family for four generations. UPDATE: Unfortunately, the home is no longer standing. It was razed by Cleveland Metroparks in July of 2017, despite efforts to save it. 

In search of the trail
The starting point

The real treasures are found about a mile from where the house used to stand and are accessed by an easy trail that runs to what is known as the ledges.

Worden’s Ledges are huge sandstone rock formations that feature the artwork of folk artist Noble Stuart who married into the Noble Family.

On the right path

The trailhead is easily located, as it begins near an old barn on the property and is well marked and easy to follow. The mile-long trail is level with a gradual decline as you near the path that leads to the cliffs.

My husband is tired of waiting for me.

Follow the trail signs to the ledges. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see a 14-foot-long sphinx guarding the path that leads to the additional carvings.

the Sphinx found at Worden Ledges

You’ll find carvings of George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, a cross and Bible, a schooner, and baseball legend Ty Cobb whose face is carved into a cliff.  The nine carvings were created sometime in the mid to late 1940s.

The Sphinx at Worden's Ledges.

Additional sculptures are said to be found at the farmhouse, but I only spotted the sculpture of Jesus on the cross with what I assume is the Bible at his feet.

More stone carvings at Worden's Ledges

Of all the trails my husband and I have hiked over the years, as a lover of all things unique and quirky, this is by far one of my favorites.

Viewing the stone carvings at Worden's Ledges.

We hadn’t even left the property before we began to plan a return visit.

Stone Carving at Cobb

Our kids would love to hike this trail and explore the ledges.

Trail through the field at Worden's Ledges

Or at least we think they would. 

Finding Jesus in Cleveland's parks

The park and trail are free to visitors. A couple of picnic tables are located on the lawn of the Worden Heritage Homestead for those who wish to pack a picnic lunch. Visit this website if you’d like to learn more about Worden’s Ledges.


Friday 3rd of November 2017

The home was very much a draw to this property, it was a Museum that was a part of Hinckley and was very important to the people of Hinckley and Surrounding Communities it was Package deal that the Historical Society and Metroparks did not care about! It was a very unique Property that a lot of people cared about and were trying to save!


Monday 12th of September 2016

This looked like a very nice walk. Ned to put it on my list for when I am in Ohio.


Thursday 30th of June 2016

Very cool! Thanks for sharing, Tonya. I'm scheduling it to share on my 1000thingstodo in Ohio Facebook Page for tomorrow. I'm sure there are followers there who would appreciate it.

Heidi Nemeth

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Nobel Stuart married into the Worden family. Protection Status
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