Development in the Maple Heights area actually began after the Buckeye State joined the Union in 1803. The population and attendant industry, as well as agriculture grew slowly at first, with only a few families settling in the area until the late 1820s when construction of the Erie Canal was completed. The Canal was a major source of commerce for the entire region, and a road running through the Maple Heights area (Dunham Road, which still exists today) served as a connection point between the mainland and the canal, bringing more attention to the area.
The Garfield Park Res
Parks within Maple Heights itself are quite nice, but if you want to be able to go for a long hike in a wooded area, you can travel just a few miles out of town to get to the Garfield Park Reservation, which is located in neighboring Garfield Heights. This park offers opportunities for hiking, cycling, exercise, swimming, and picnicking. It is also a great place for Maple Heights residents to enjoy the changing seasons and even get in some birdwatching. The park also features an educational nature center that offers information about the area's natural history.