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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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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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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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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Finding Hemlock Falls – A hidden waterfall of Ohio

My introduction to Northeast Ohio’s Hemlock Falls came from an Instagram post.  Ever since then, I’ve been scheming a time and place to see this hidden waterfall.  I’m so glad we did!  What an Ohio gem! While Hemlock Falls is located NEAR Mohican State Park, it’s actually on private property managed by the Mohican School in the Out-of-doors.  Eventually the Falls will be on the new B & O Trail as the land was recently purchased by the Mohican Watershed Conservancy. …

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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 as a family within the state of Ohio.  Here is a sampling of our favorite family-friendly hiking spots. 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 …

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2017 Travel Bucket List

Where I want to go this year. 2016 was a year of big travel and big changes for our family.  We traveled Down Under in January and moved an hour away from our home of 7 years just two days after Christmas.  Now that the boxes are unpacked we’re settled in to our new city (kinda) – I wanted to share with the world our travel plans for 2017. (Our 2016 Travel Bucket List) Ohio  Toledo Zoo & Aquarium  +  Oak …

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5 Favorite Spots within Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park did not disappoint.  Since we live in Central Ohio, we’ve frequented Hocking Hills, but were eager to explore somewhere new. Only established in 2000, Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies between two of Ohio’s largest cities, Akron and Cleveland.  I think much of its appeal is that the park is easily accessible from many major roads and highways…and you’re never more than 20 minutes away from a Starbucks or McDonalds.  #Merica.  😉 It really feels like you’re in someone’s …

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Wahkeena Nature Preserve with Kids

This past fall a girlfriend 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 ljust 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 short in length and fairly easy for children.  Watch for the …

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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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