It Rocks! Rockstall Nature Preserve near Hocking Hills

Learn more about this hidden gem of the Hocking Hills region Located on the grounds of Camp Akita, Rockstall Nature Preserve is a Hocking Hills hidden gem that is off-the-beaten-path compared to busier hiking areas within the Hocking Hills State Park. Rockstall Nature Preserve is a short drive from Logan, making it very easy to explore while in the region.┬áThe trail is just over 1 mile long. Things to know while visiting Rockstall Nature Preserve As previously mentioned, Rockstall is …

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The best parks and playgrounds near Mansfield, Ohio

Fun places for kids in North Central Ohio If there is anything that the past 6 months have taught us, it is that finding local spots that allow us to be outside and explore are worth their weight in gold! We love playgrounds and parks and have done our best to check out all of our local options. Here are some of our favorite Mansfield, Ohio parks and playgrounds. My list of Mansfield, Ohio parks & playgrounds Malabar Farm State …

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Sky Hi Getaway at Buckeye Lake

The perfect Buckeye Lake Home Rental for your family We just returned from an amazing getaway at Buckeye Lake. It’s funny, we lived just 20 minutes away from Buckeye Lake for over 7 years, but we only visited a few times. Now that we’ve been and stayed in the trendy Sky Hi rental, I know we will be back! If you’re looking for Buckeye Lake lodging, look no further! This would be a great place to bring your family! *I …

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The Ledges Trail at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Our favorite trail in the CVNP We are lucky enough to live a short drive from Ohio’s only National Park! Cuyahoga Valley National Park has only been established since the 1970s but offers a diverse amount of four-season activities. We’ve traveled to CVNP a few times and this last trip we came back to our favorite hike – The Ledges Trail. The Ledges Trail at Cuyahoga Valley National Park combines some of my favorite elements of a local hike – …

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Alluring art & beauty at Schnormeier Gardens

Visiting Schnormeier Gardens in the hills near Gambier, Ohio is like finding a secret treasure. Why? This private, home garden is a diamond of a destination, yet it’s only open in June of each year. Schnormeier Gardens is named after Ted and (the late) Ann Schnormeier, who built their private residence here in 1994, before beginning the gardens in 1996. On our family’s second visit to Schnormeier Gardens, we enjoyed many of the same things as the first: Dreaming of trips to Eastern cultures. …

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Hiking Blackhand Gorge with little ones

Central Ohio has a gem of an outdoor recreation spot and that is Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Well-known for its 4.3-mile bike path, the area also contains other hiking trails as well as a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal.  Blackhand Gorge is approximately 50 miles from downtown Columbus, OH by taking Interstate 161 to SR 16. It is 35 miles southwest of Coshocton, OH, also via 16. We were lucky enough to live very close to Blackhand Gorge for …

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How much money did we spend to go to Disney World?

The cost of a Disney World vacation for a family of 6 You know we try to do things as inexpensively as possible. Part of wanting to see the world with a family of 6 means that we can’t spend the farm on each trip. However, Disney isn’t cheap. We quickly learned that no matter how much we tried to cut expenses, the tickets for Disney World weren’t going to change. Here’s how much we spent on our trip to …

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Finding Hemlock Falls – A hidden waterfall of Ohio

Unfortunately, vandals have damaged the property at Hemlock Falls. This has ruined it for all visitors! Ughhh. Per Jason from the Richland Co Park District- as of 5/20/20 – The Hemlock Falls property and the main falls are still open to the public via the Clear Fork Valley spur trail, but only via that trail spur and only to the end of the bridge below the falls. Due to current situations there is absolutely┬áno off-trail access or access to other …

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