Wahkeena Nature Preserve with Kids

Edge of Hocking Hills delight for families This past year, a friend and I packed up our kids and visited Wahkeena State Nature Preserve, the perfect day trip for anyone in Central Ohio.  Located just south of Lancaster in Fairfield County, the Preserve is on the northern edge of the Hocking Hills region. Wahkeena is the Native American word for “Most beautiful.”  The unassuming vegetation of this area really is beautiful. There are 2-3 different trails at Wahkeena.  These are …

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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 the chance to hike would be over once we started a family!  Luckily, it doesn’t have to be!  There are plenty of hikes that you can do with kids in Ohio.  Here are my suggestions for 5 Ohio hikes you can do as a family. Hocking Hills Hocking Hills is full of natural beauty in all seasons!  One of our favorite times to visit is winter because of all of the …

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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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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 no off-trail access or access to other …

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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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The NEW Whispering Cave Trail at Hocking Hills- with kids

One of my reasons for wanting to visit Hocking Hills this year, besides staying in a super cool Caboose, was to try out the new Whispering Cave trail at Hocking Hills.  As a family, we’ve been to Hocking Hills numerous times, so it was exciting to know that this time we’d have a new area to check out.  The Whispering Cave/Hemlock Bridge Trail opened in May 2017. The trailhead to the Whispering Cave trail is adjacent to the Hocking Hills …

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All aboard! The Hocking Hills Caboose- Unique Ohio Lodging

All aboard! Take a seat! I can’t wait to tell you all about our stay at The Hocking Hills Caboose- a unique Ohio lodging opportunity. Our young family had a fantastic time at this Hocking Hills cabin-like property, and I’ve been bursting to share! I couldn’t believe the interest from friends and family- even grandma- on what it was like to sleep in a caboose. I’ll be honest, I’m no happy camper and was worried about whether the Caboose would …

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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 to Hocking Hills 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 …

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