Want to see Northeast Ohio from a different perspective? You can check it out from the top of the trees and above when the Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower at Holden Arboretum reopen for the season on April 1.
The Murch Canopy Walk, a 500’ long elevated walkway built 65’ above the forest floor, will give guests a unique perspective on forests and the animals that inhabit them. The Kalberer Emergent Tower will take guests above the trees to a height of 120 feet where on a clear day you can see all the way to Lake Erie.
As you can see from my photos, it was a bit hazy and cloudy when I visited, in June 2016, but it was still a pretty perfect day.
The hike up the stairs of the emergent tower is a bit of a challenge (especially if you have old knees like I do), but landings along the way allow you to stop and take a breath if you need it. And the payoff of the view you get at the top of the tower? Totally worth the work you put in to getting there. After the climb up the tower, the canopy walk seems like you’re hardly off the ground.
The tower can move in the breeze, and the canopy walk can sway when you’re walking on it, so take note of that if you are afraid of heights. But I promise, the views are totally worth it.
What to know before you go
Where: Holden Arboretum, 9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland
When it’s open: The Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower are open from April 1 through Nov. 1. The structures are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but tickets are available only until 4 p.m. (so you have time to climb and enjoy the views). Tickets for both structures are limited and may sell out on busy days, so call 440-602-3838 for availability. (A special event will close the walk and tower July 16-19.)
The Arboretum notes that most visitors spend an hour and a half to two hours on the property when visiting the tower and walk. Both structures are located about a half mile from the Corning Visitor Center.
How much: Members are admitted to the Arboretum for free and can obtain free tickets to the walk and tower. Tickets for nonmembers include admission to the Arboretum and the walk and tower, and are $14 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-18, and free for children 5 and younger.
How to get more information: Visit holdenarb.org/visit/canopy-walk-emergent-tower.
Cheryl Sadler is looking forward to long outdoor walks on warm days. Follow her on Twitter @sadlercheryl.