Hiking at the Whipp’s Ledges within Hinckley Reservation





One of the things I love about following various Instagram accounts is getting new ideas for where to take our hiking excursions.  Whipp’s Ledges within Hinckley Reservation was one of the places that caught my eye for a family hike.  I fell in love with this type of typography after last year’s trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Hinckley Reservation is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system.  While we only hiked the Ledges Trail, there appear to be 7 foottrails within the reservation, one of which is an all-purpose trail for hiking, biking, and rollerblading.

Whipp’s Ledges Trail is accessed from State Rd.  Note: When we were there, a bridge was being repaired on State Road.  You must enter the hiking area from the north.

There is a map at the entrance to the trail, but I’d recommend printing a trail map and taking it, just in case.  There are blazes, but not many signs, making it a little confusing.

The ledges are really spectacular.  It’s hard to believe that this type of place is just minutes from shopping malls and restaurants.  Ohio keeps surprising me, and this is a gem of a place to hike.

The hiking is rugged, so I wouldn’t recommend these trails for any younger than 3.  If you have a hiking carrier, you’d probably be ok!  Also, prepare for MUD.  Our kiddos wore their snow boots so we wouldn’t ruin their tennis shoes.  The trail is only 1.25 miles in length though, so it’s definitely doable with young ones who tire easily.

Probably the thing I loved most about Whipps Ledges was that it was one of those places that just made you feel really SMALL.  As a Christian, I’m always reminded that there’s something much bigger than me- and that HE is in control, not me.  Taking our kids to these places is a nice jumping off point for those talks, too- how we worship a great Creator who made this beautiful place for us to enjoy.  #endsdeepandmeaningfulconvo

Anyhow- Have you been to Hinckley Reservation?  If you’re interested in going, my friend Tonya at The Traveling Praters covered nearby Worden’s Ledges.  Next time we’ll definitely be checking them out.

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3 FREE places to take your family within one hour of Amish Country, Ohio

i.e. What to do when the kids have had enough of crafts, quilts, and Amish

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Mohican State Forest with just the beginning of fall color.

Once you’ve petted the farm animals, ridden a wagon past the exotic animals, and tasted enough cheese to to make the French jealous, your kids may be sick of Holmes County.  While Amish Country has gotten more family-friendly in the past 10+ years,  the kids may get anxious for more than primitive decor and baked goods.

Never fear!  I’ve made a list of 3 places to engage your kids again.  A picnic (with the perfect Swiss cheese, of course!) to any of these spots will get them out of their slump:

1.  Secrest Aboretum, Wooster, OH

Walk among the blooming flowers or falling leaves, eat your lunch in the shade, then conquer the giant slide.  If you have little ones, the paths are perfect for bringing the stroller to burn off some of those family-style meals you have enjoyed. 🙂

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Teenagers or toddlers- everyone will enjoy this slide!

2. Mohican State Park and Forest, near Loudonville, OH

Just to the west of Holmes County is a state forest with cascading waterfalls, ancient rock formations, and a fire tower climb that is NOT for the faint of heart.  We like to park near the  covered bridge and hike the Big Lyons trail.  When you come through Holmes County on SR 39 west, be sure to stop at Harvey’s farm market near Nashville and pick up some fresh produce for your picnic.

Knox Co 4Honey Run waterfall near Howard, OH

Recently acquired by the local park district, this 25-foot waterfall and adjacent hiking trail are popular among locals.  The creek bed is a nice place to cool off on a hot day, but the surrounding colorful foliage makes for a fun daytrip in the fall.  If you’re coming to Holmes County from Columbus, this is the perfect place to stretch that isn’t too far off of SR 62.  (More to do in Knox County HERE)

 

Have you been to Amish Country before?  Did your kids enjoy it?  Have you been to any of these places?  

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