Richfield Heritage Preserve
formerly Crowell Hilaka, is Ohio's Hidden Treasure. 336 acres of winding streams, lakes, and wooded uplands, it was farmed by the pioneer Oviatt family and then became the estate of inventor Jim Kirby. During the 1920s Kirby constructed a patented lake, a mill to generate electric power, a house air-conditioned with spring water, and a dance hall built on springs. Upstream, the Neal family built their fairy tale houses and operated a thriving fruit farm. The land was purchased by the Cleveland Girl Scouts in 1937 and enclosed for the protection of the girls. In 2015, the property was purchased by the citizens of Richfield. It is being transformed into a park for public enjoyment.
Richfield Heritage Preserve is open to the public every day, dawn to dusk.
No admission charge.
The main entrance is at 4374 Broadview Rd, just south of the Richfield Giant Eagle. The Preserve is administered by the Richfield Joint Recreation District ( RJRD )
What is "Friends of Crowell Hilaka" ?
( aka FoCH. pronounced "folk" )
FoCH is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to supporting the RJRD through preserving, promoting, protecting, and enhancing Richfield Heritage Preserve; formerly Crowell Hilaka. more...
NEW! Volunteer opportunities at Richfield Heritage Preserve.
Join us Saturday, March 25th from 8am -12pm for the removal of wooden tent platforms, cleaning of the debris around them, picking up and hauling logs, and blowing and raking leaves.
Please dress for the weather. You may also bring gloves, goggles, chainsaws, hammers, handsaws, clippers, rakes, leaf blowers, and anything else you would find useful.
For over 90 years, Kirby's Mill has been an iconic and intriguing attraction.
Here, the Mill serves as the backdrop for wedding photos of David and Milissa Pinzone.
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
Become a Member of FoCH
3rd Tuesday of every month. Everyone welcome!!
April18, 2017 7:00 pm
Richfield Historical Society Museum
3907 Broadview Rd
Richfield, OH 44286
Presentation on Leave No Trace
by John Naizer. Whether hiking at Richfield Heritage Preserve or any local park, it's important to be a steward to the natural world around us. This program will discuss the seven principles of Leave No Trace as well as application to Low Impact Camping. As always, FoCH's meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. Hope to see you there!.
Pick up YOUR new map of Richfield Heritage Preserve at a meeting when you pay your 2017 dues.
The map is FREE !
Available ONLY to FoCHs !
Full color, 11 x17 map including the new Buckeye Trail segment that winds through the park. On the flip side is a summary of the park history: from Oviatts to RJRD!
Crowell Hilaka Memories Project: Camp alumni & families: What do you remember about Crowell Hilaka? What did it mean to you? We are collecting memories! Please click here for more information.
Kirby's Mill Restoration Project
planning in progress
Shop and help! FoCH has joined the Amazon Smile program. A portion of your purchases can come to FoCH. Visit the Donate page for details!
The Property Map - Directions
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