Enjoying history and scenery in Summit Metro Parks

As much as I love going on a hike, very few things can beat a FALL Ohio hike.  No 98% humidity, fewer bugs, and the crunch of leaves underfoot.  #Perfection.  On our first trip to Summit Metro Parks, we were given the most glorious autumn day, and the history and scenery that we encountered did not disappoint.  There are so many great hiking spots in Northeast Ohio, and Summit Metro Parks and this was definitely one not to miss. Gorge …

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Best hiking trails for kids at Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills is the perfect family-friendly Ohio destination.  The main attraction of Hocking Hills are her natural rock formations and numerous waterfalls, but all of these must be reached by hiking trails.  Over the years, I wished that someone would rank the easiest or best trails for young children. So, after multiple visits with our family, I’ve come up with a list of the best hiking trails for kids at Hocking Hills. #1  Ash Cave The easiest hiking trail at …

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Five Reasons You Must Visit Marietta, Ohio

Marietta is a small city that lies right along the Ohio River in southeast Ohio.  While little in size and numbers, it’s bursting with local attractions.  I’ve passed through Marietta many times on I-77, but stopping in the city for 3 days gave me an appreciation for its diverse attractions, gorgeous river views, and historic homes.   I came up with five reasons you must visit Marietta, Ohio, but in reality there are many more. #1  Marietta has enough to keep …

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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 hike.  Hiking at Whipp’s Ledges within Hinckley Reservation was one of the places that caught my eye for our family.  I fell in love with this type of typography after last year’s trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Whipp’s Ledges is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system in Northeast Ohio.  While we only hiked the Ledges Trail, there appear to be 7 foottrails within …

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You Can Take The Kids: 5 Ohio Hikes To Do As A Family

The way people talked about having kids, I thought my life was ovvveerrr once we had a few babies.  But hooray- it doesn’t have to be! Hocking Hills area Hocking Hills is full of natural beauty in all seasons!  One of our favorite times to visit is winter because of all of the ice formations. Two areas in particular are perfect for parents of small children:  Ash Cave and Conkles Hollow.  Ash Cave has a 1/4 mile handicap accessible trail …

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Hiking Blackhand Gorge with little ones

Central Ohio has a secret and that secret is Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.  Well-known for its 4-mile bike path, the area also contains other hiking trails as well as a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal.  Although I’d been there a handful of times before, this was the first time I even knew that the Canal path existed!   Since we had walked the bike path many times in the past (it’s also great for strollers), this time we decided to …

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