"Sweet Home Rocky River" Rocky River by CoAir13

Rocky River Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 44 photos

A River Runs Through It

The first permanent settlers came to this area, 9 miles West of Cleveland, in 1810. It was called Granger, Rockport, and Riverbank before being named Rocky River in 1893 after the river that borders the city to the east. Native Americans used to camp and store their canoes on the island near the mouth of the river where it meets Lake Erie.

On the Lakefront

Rocky River is an upper-middle class community bordered to the North by Lake Erie. While it seems dominated by stately lake houses and condominiums, there are also quaint, tree lined streets full of family homes and even apartments (that would be me!). There are no malls here, no Wal-Mart, no high rise buildings...while there are fast food places and chain stores, there are many more independently owned restaurants and shops! People here would rather go to the family owned hardware store than Home Depot, grab a burger at Herb's Tavern instead of McDonalds.
It is a quiet, clean, safe place to live...and the school system is one of the best in the state!

Emerald Necklace

We have lived here for nine years and one of our favorite things about Rocky River is the Valley. The Rocky River Reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks is a glacial valley still being cut by the Rocky River. There are year round activities for the nature lover or outdoor enthusiast. Bike riding, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, sledding, cross-country skiing...Ethan and I try to do it all!

This is, by no means, a travel guide....more like a glimpse of life here in our little town!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet, picturesque, and safe place to live.
  • Cons:A little "uppity" for my taste!
  • In a nutshell:Dealing with the "uppity" for my child's education!
  • Intro Updated Oct 15, 2006
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Lovely travel page of your home city with beautiful parks, clock tower and church. Thanks for your virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • thecatsmeow's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Cute page you have Jen. Sounds like a peaceful place. Joyce

  • benazer's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    So you live here ,very nice.

  • Feb 26, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    "Good morning, Sir. Can I help you with your reservation?"

  • loisl's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 1:16 PM

    You miss the fun?? My tip: work less, party more! I'm working on it, unsuccessfully...grrrr, Cheers, Peter

  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 6:49 AM

    Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas...you live in a nice little town. Wish you the best in the upcoming year.

  • balfor's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 6:07 AM

    Mucho Happiness on your birthday Jen! Hope you and Ethan have a fantastic day today!!!!

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 3:44 AM

    Thank you for a glimpse at Rocky River...sounds like a place one can relax in. Hope your birthday is full of friends and laughter!

  • spitball's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2006 at 9:28 PM

    Funny; that they don't allow swimming here, but everything else pertaining to the water is allowed. Ironic?

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2006 at 3:00 PM

    Sounds like a great place to live, even if it is a bit uppity. But I know how you feel about having a good school system. We've put up with all sorts of stuffed-shirtism over the years so our kids could get a good education.

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