Trail is coolest in Ohio

Ohio.com – Trail is coolest in Ohio

I’ve never made the trek down to walk this trail, but the Akron Beacon Journal’s Bob Downing wrote a wonderful article that will probably inspire me to make the 90 minute drive to the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail. Take a look at this article, and I hope you check the trail out…Coolest trail in Ohio, according to the article.

 

Lake-to-Lake Trail will be dedicated July 9: Middleburg Heights Happenings – News Sun – Cleveland.com

Lake-to-Lake Trail will be dedicated July 9: Middleburg Heights Happenings – News Sun – Cleveland.com: “The trail is a 2.3-mile hard-surface nature trail that links two 11,000-year-old glacial-remnant lakes, Lake Isaac and Lake Abram.”

This new trail, a 10-foot wide paved multipurpose trail, was dedicated at 11:00 am today. There are segments of boardwalk that cross marshes, which provide great opportunities to watch birds and other wildlife. Cleveland Metroparks has also installed interpretive signage along the trail. A life-sized mastodon skeleton is embedded in a sand pit at the northern end of the trail. The mastodon is perhaps a tip of the hat to the ancient heritage of the Lake Isaac/ Lake Abram area. These lakes were formed during the last ice age. They are the last remaining, and largest remaining glaicially-formed kettlehole lakes in Cuyahoga County.

Thanks to Cleveland Metroparks for making such a great area accessible to people! Without their time and investment, this diverse, important habitat would not be know, and would not be available for our education, spiritual renewal, and physical exercise. Get out and hike on the Lake to Lake Trail!

LAKE TO LAKE TRAIL
Driving Directions

To Lake Isaac:
I-71 – exit at Pearl Rd. (Rt 42)
(from the north, turn left/ from the south, turn right)

at Fowles Rd., turn left (west) to Big Creek Parkway (.5 mile)
turn left on Big Creek Parkway
Lake Isaac Waterfowl Sanctuary will be on the right.
To Lake Abram:
I-71 – exit at Bagley Rd
(from the north, turn right/from the south, turn left)

Go past Southwest General Hospital to Eastland Rd.
Turn right on Eastland Rd. and Lake Abram parking will be on the right.

 

Primitive Campsites open in Cuyahoga Valley

With the growing popularity of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the opening of five primitive campsites within Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a welcome and needed move. Located at the Standford Youth Hostel, the campsites are near the center of the National Park. In addition to making the towpath a longer-term adventure, providing these new camp sites will also allow people to though-hike the Buckeye Trail in this area. This is a great enhancement to the already wonderful trail experience.

Reservations should be make at least 3 days in advance. The sites cost $15 per night, 6 people per site. The camp sites are for hikers and bikers only. Drive-up camping is not permitted. Camp fires are permitted only in a group fire ring. Firewood is provided.

To make reservations, call the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association Reservation Coordinator’s Office at (330) 657-2909, ext. 119, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information regarding other camping opportunities along the Towpath Trail in Summit County, please call (330) 867-5511. For information regarding camping along the Towpath Trail in Stark County, please call (330) 477-3552.

 

Portage Park District Plans Morning and Moonlight Hikes

Our friends at the Portage Park District have announced some interesting, fun and informative activities. Check them out:

Early Morning Bird Hike
at Dix Park

Did you ever hear the saying early bird gets the worm? Saturday May 9 at 8:00 am Join our Park Naturalist for an informative, bird-filled morning walk! Dix Park consists of 103 acres of woods and wetlands with hiking trails-at this time of year the woods are filled with a variety of migrating songbirds. Located at 7318 State Route 44, RavennaTownship. Directions: From the intersection with SR 14 go North on SR 44 about 3/4 of a mile to park entrance on east side.

Full Moon
Bike Ride

on the PORTAGE Bike & Hike Trail

Sat May 9th. Meet at 8:15 pm in the Towner’s Woods parking lot for an easy 4 mile round-trip ride to experience the natural sights and sounds of a spring dusk–helmets and lights are recommended.
Towner’s Woods Park is located at 2296 Ravenna Road, Franklin Township. From SR 43, turn east onto Ravenna Rd., go 2 miles to the park entrance.

Mother’s Day at the Park
Spring Wildflower Hike

Sunday May 10th 9:00 a.m. Grab Mom and bring her to Dix Park to enjoy the beautiful woodland wildflowers before they’re gone. Dix Park consists of 103 acres of woods and wetlands with hiking trails at 7318 State Route 44, Ravenna Township Directions: From the intersection with SR 14 go North on SR 44 about 3/4 of a mile to park entrance on east side.

The Portage Park District was formed by the action of the Portage County Commissioners in 1991 as an independent government agency. It is overseen by an unpaid, five-member Board of Park Commissioners appointed by the County Probate Judge according to Ohio Revised Code 1545.

Contact Info:
Portage Park District
128 North Prospect Street
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
330-297-7728

 

Revised and Improved Trail Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Billed as the definitive guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park‘s trails, this new revision of the popular trail guide edited by Rob and Peg Bobel lives up to its promise. Whether you are a hiker, biker, equestrian, local historian, naturalist, skier, or just someone who likes to read a great book, you should spend the time it takes to visit the park through the pages of this newly revised trail guide.

If you have the first or second edition of the trail guide, you need to get with the times and upgrade to this nifty new version. With easy-to-read maps of each trail, and twice as many photos as the last edition, there is much more to read and ponder. As a guide put together by a local group of trail volunteers, there can be no better compilation of the park’s pedestrian byways. The Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council is an all-volunteer group that maintains trails in the national park. You can learn more about them, including how to help with their trail work through the Adopt-a-Trail program, at http://www.cvtrailscouncil.org.

In addition to including driving directions, length, relative difficulty ratings and other useful information, the new edition includes an updated, more useful index, and relevant information for trail users of all sorts. The appendix is very useful as well. It contains contact information for the parks, visitor centers, outfitters, non-profits involved with the parks and trails, and a great table which summarizes the trails reviewed in the guide.

The new trail guide contains a succinct, yet informative description of every single official trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The nearly 50 trails traverse over 200 miles of our glaciated, inspirational landscape, including trails within Brecksville and Bedford Reservations of Cleveland Metroparks, Viaduct Park in Bedford, O’Neil Woods, Deep Lock Quarry, Hampton Hills, and Furnace Run areas of the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, as well as three of our regional long distance trails: the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Buckeye Trail within the National Park, and the Summit Bike and Hike trail, a converted Rail to Trail corridor on the eastern boundary of the Cuyahoga Valley. Numerous updates and tidbits of historical and natural background help guide your hike along these splendid walking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Peppered throughout the book are the editors’ suggestions for various types of hikes. For example, want to find a great place to take your kids? How about the best waterfall hikes? Places to find examples of local geology? Want to go fishing, or watch birds? Maybe you want to take a great winter hike, check out the best spring wildflowers within the park, or just get some vigorous exercise. They are all thrown in with handy lists-but, you will have to look through every page to find the lists.

Even if you never walk a single trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (and you should, no matter who you are), this book will enrich your life and give you a sampling of the great pieces of history and the natural wonders of the park. Photographs, both current views of the Cuyahoga Valley landscape, and historical views of the valley, give the reader visual perspectives on the park and its features. Of special note are the Civilian Conservation Corps photographs that show some of the most recognizable buildings in the park, such as the Kendall Lake Shelter, under construction during the WPA days of the Great Depression.

This new version of the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council’s great trail guide is published by Gray & Company, and is available at CVNP visitor centers, local bookstores, such as the Blue Heron Book Store in Peninsula, Trail Mix, across the street from the Boston Store Visitor Center, and online at Amazon.com.

The royalties from the sale of the trail guide book all go to the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council to help with its work on the trails within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We highly recommend this wonderfully revised trail guide, which is a softcover book running 272 pages. For more information, see the press release issued by the publisher at http://www.grayco.com/cleveland/books/10401/newsrelease.shtml.

 

Hamilton County Park District — Cincinnati, Ohio

Hamilton County Park District — Cincinnati, Ohio: “The American Heart Association and Hamilton County Park District have joined together to promote good exercise with the Hike For Your Heart event on Saturday, February 14 at 1:00 p.m.”

The outdoors is a great tonic for our bodies as well as out souls. Hiking and outdoor activity helps keep our hearts healthy and our heads clear. This event is a great opportunity to get outside and connect with nature while doing something for a good cause at the same time.