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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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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Satisfy your wanderlust with these six waterfalls of Ohio

There is just something about a waterfall. Maybe it was growing up in the era when TLC’s “Waterfalls” was a #1 hit. Ha! Maybe it is the soothing sound of falling water that evokes relaxation and peace. Whatever it is, visitors to Ohio have the joy of finding multiple waterfalls throughout the state. Here are six waterfalls of Ohio that we’ve visited and recommend. Cedar Falls within Hocking Hills, Ohio Cedar Falls is one of the most breathtaking places within …

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The Wallhouse Hotel in Walnut Creek, Ohio

Walnut Creek, Ohio is known for rolling hills, idyllic farmland, craft shops, and family-style foods.  It’s a hospitable place, one oozing with country-styled B & Bs and hotels.  That’s absolutely awesome- if that is your style.  But if you’re looking for something a little more edgy, shiny, and modern- I recommend taking a closer look at The Wallhouse Hotel. Room We stayed at The Wallhouse in a premium corner suite.  The two-room suite was extra large. I don’t know about you, but …

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5 FREE Christmas Events near Columbus, Ohio

This post may contain affiliate links. Central Ohio is the perfect place to enjoy the Christmas season with your family! ?The chilled air and falling snow will get you in the mood to take in the sights and sounds with your children. Here are 5 free Christmas events near Columbus, Ohio! Scioto Mile Christmas Lights The Scioto Mile is a great place to chill in the heat of summer, but now you can enjoy it during the holiday season. The …

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Things to do in Ohio in Fall

I’m sad to say that summer is leaving us and the kids are starting school.  However, autumn is a glorious season and there are many family-friendly things to do in Ohio in Fall.  Ohio is full of fall festivals and activities, and I’ve compiled a list of some of the best. *This post “Things to do in Ohio in Fall,” was originally published in 2017, but all dates have been updated to reflect 2019 festival dates!* September Ohio River Sternwheel …

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Preventing bed bugs while traveling

How traveling families can protect their home from bed bugs Despite our best efforts, our family recently had to deal with bed bugs! I hope that I can help others be educated on preventing bed bugs while traveling! Here are my tips to protect your family and prevent bed bugs during travel AND once you return home. (Disclaimer: Reading this may cause uncontrollable itching) Our experience Two months ago and two days after my husband returned from a work trip, …

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10 Things to Do in Ohio Before the End of Summer

There are plenty of August activities for those who want to explore more of Ohio August is here! Summer is coming to a close as everyone prepares to go back to school and routines. BUT there is still some time left to enjoy a road trip or two, and I hope to inspire you to get out and explore before the first bell rings! (Or in the case of this homeschooler, mom yells that it is time to start)! Here’s …

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