Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve

After backpacking in Zaleski State Forest, my plan was to camp for two nights at Hocking Hills State Park and hike the trails. I had been forewarned that Hocking Hills gets crowded, what I failed to understand was that it is not the normal state park crowd level, it is National Park crowd level, which…

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Zaleski State Forest

I have been chomping at the bit for over a year to go on my first backpacking trip. I’ve even had the gear to do so for a year. But plansĀ  kept falling apart for various reasons. Well, last week I finally did it! Mountain Chicks Ohio put together a mini backpacking trip through Zaleski…

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I was surprised to learn that there is a National Park in Ohio (apparently Ohio is actually really awesome place to go hiking, I just never knew it till this year). Jess and I planned a road-trip to visit her sister in New York and Cuyahoga Valley National Park was on the way (the interstate…

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Cuyahoga Valley NP: Blue Hen Falls

Blue Hen Falls is a very pretty waterfall at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Like Brandywine and Bridal Veil Falls it is pretty easy to get to from the trail-head parking lot. It is just a short half mile jaunt to the falls. The Blue Hen Falls parking lot is located off of Boston Mills Road,…

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Cuyahoga Valley NP: Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is my favorite hike to a waterfall in the National Park. It is very beautiful. The autumn afternoon sun made the leaves on the trees appear as if they were glowing and the sound of the waterfall lulled me into a peaceful mindset. It was the perfect note to end on, on…

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Cuyahoga Valley NP: Beaver Marsh

Beaver Marsh has been transformed many times over the last century and a half. It started as a wetland, then during the 1900s it was drained and turned into a dairy farm and then into an auto repair / salvage yard. In 1984, after a group from the Sierra Club cleaned the area up, beavers…

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Cuyahoga Valley NP: Oak Hill Trail

Oak Hill Trail is a pretty trail through the woods and winds around Sylvan Pond. It is 1.8 miles long. The trees were blooming when Jess and I hiked the trail in April and it was really pretty. The Plateau Trail starts from the same trail-head and intersects Oak Hill Trail in places; it is…

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Cuyahoga Valley NP: Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is the most popular waterfall and one of the top things to see at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is 60 feet tall. A heavy rainfall can turn this normally tranquil waterfall into a raging torrent of water. When Jess and I visited the park in April 2017, Brandywine Falls was our first…

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Cuyahoga Valley NP: Ledges

A must do at Cuyahoga Valley National Park is hiking the Ledges Trail in the Virginia Kendall area of the park. It is actually one of my favorite trails in the Midwest. One option for hiking the trail is to follow the sign for the Happy Days Trail to the Ledges Trail – there is…

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