10/4/17

Cuyahoga Valley National Park + Hiking Tips For Kids

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
Frank Lloyd Wright

Secluded trails tucked away between rocky gorges, massive boulders perfectly placed in the middle of the vast woods, tree-covered hills, the overgrowth of brush and fresh water quickly flowing over rock and pebbles. Who would have thought this rustic landscape is situated right in the heart of Ohio. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, located between Cleveland and Akron and just a short drive away from Canton, serves the Metropolitan area well. In just a short distance, you can escape from the bustling urban life of downtown and find a natural retreat hidden away just off the highway. These grounds welcome hikers, families, runners, bikers, bird-watchers, photographers and nature lovers.

When To Go
Hiking in Ohio is a year round adventure! Now is the perfect time of year to hike in Ohio. In a couple more weeks the leaves will be in their prime and you will be surrounded by bold hues of gold, orange, red, yellow and rust. Cuyahoga Valley is just as fascinating in the winter. The waterfalls and rivers transform into a winter wonderland and become a captivating sight created by ice. Don't forget that cross-country skiing (an activity we picked up a couple years ago), snowshoeing, sledding, and hiking in the winter months are extremely enjoyable. And of course spring offers a fresh perspective on nature as we begin to see new growth. Spring is the time for foraging and seeking out the treasures provided by the season; morel mushrooms, ramps, fiddlehead ferns.

Tips For Hiking With Children
- Dress in layers and don't forget it's Ohio- check the weather because it's always unpredictable!
- Bring plenty of water and a snack. We always pack Larabars and meat sticks.
- Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. We use essential oils or this natural bug spray.
- Wear long pants or high hiking socks with shorts to keep ticks away from your skin.
- It seems obvious, but make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
- Consider a shorter trail that is kid friendly.
- Bring a notebook and pen to encourage your child to take notes and draw pictures.
- When you get home research what you saw.

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