Trail is coolest in Ohio – 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.


Ribbon-cutting Sunday at Forest Ridge Preserve –

Ribbon-cutting Sunday at Forest Ridge Preserve –

This is a wonderful, large natural area that was preserved through a partnership of Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Moreland Hills. If you have a chance, attending the ribbon-cutting and taking a hike would be a great adventure!


Malabar’s “Farm Fun Day” – Barn Dance

As one of many events planned at Malabar Farm State Park, Fun on the Farm is the theme of this event. Some of the activities scheduled for the morning activities include: Egg and Spoon Race(five eggs have to be picked up and carried in a small basket over the finish line); Lasso the Steer; Get Dressed for Work (contestants must run to put on bib overalls, a coat, hat, gloves, and boots, then run to the finish line); Fix the Machinery (a container holds the right bolts to fit several holes in a steel plate, mixed in with an odd assortment of other nuts and bolts); Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest; Rubber Chicken Toss; a Sack Race and more. Additional competitions include A Pie Eating Contest (Noon) (chocolate or banana cream), Sidewalk Art and a Fishing Derby.

Instructions & Time Line

August 1, 2009


  • 10AM – 10:30AM: Morning Registration
    Note: (Register for games, sidewalk art, pie eating contest. Pick up your game completion.)
  • 10:30AM to 11:45PM: Morning Farm Games (Must be registered.See list of games below))
  • 10:30AM to 11:45PM: Sidewalk Art (Must be registered)
  • 12PM: Pie Eating Contest (Open to first 20. Register during "Morning Registration")
  • 12:15PM: Pie Eating Contest Awards
  • 12:15PM: Contest Certificates

Note: Must complete all "Farm Contest" from 10:30AM to 11:45PM. You will receive a card at registration and will receive a check with the completion of every game.


  • 12:30PM: Fishing Derby Registration
  • 1:00PM: Fishing Derby Begins
  • 2:00PM: Fishing Derby Ends
  • 2:10PM: Fishing Awards


  • Walnut Pickup
  • Dress like A Farmer (Get Dressed For Work)
  • Sack Race
  • Cow Pie Toss
  • Rubber Chicken Toss
  • Egg Spoon Race
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
  • Fish In A Bucket
  • Lasso A Steer
  • Horse Shoes
  • Fix The Machinery


  1. An adult should accompany children.
  2. All activities are open to the public free of charge.
  3. Certificates of completion will be awarded. It’s all for fun!!!!!
  4. Game completion certificates will be presented at the rear porch area at the Visitor Center.
  5. Limited poles, wheel chair access dock, and bait will be available for youth under 16 years of age.
  6. If you have your own fishing pole please bring it with you!
  7. Ohio Division of Wildlife will be stocking the ponds with fish for the event.
  8. Fishing Derby prizes awarded at 2:15PM are for most fish caught & largest fish caught.


Additionally, Malabar Farm will host a Summer Square Dance at the main barn beside the Big House. The dance will be held on Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The barn dance is sponsored by the Loudonville FFA Alumni. This old-fashioned square dance will take you back to the days when people gathered to celebrate summer with their friends and neighbors. Live music will be featured along with square dance calling. This dance is open to the public at no charge and refreshments will be available.


The Malabar Farm Restaurant newly renovated will be open on Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays 11:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. For reservations or more information call 419-938-5205. The Malabar Farm Market, located next to the Restaurant will be open summer and fall featuring locally-grown produce.

Additionally, overnight accommodations are available at Malabar Farm Hostelling International. The Hostel is a restored 1919 historic mail order catalog home where the Bromfield family lived from 1939-1940. Rates start at $20.00 per person. Call 419-892-2055 for reservations at the Hostel or visit the Hostel sub-page at


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

Lake-to-Lake Trail will be dedicated July 9: Middleburg Heights Happenings – News Sun – “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!

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.


Fighting Invasive Plants in Northwest Ohio

The Ohio Invasive Plants Council, a statewide group concerned about invasive plants in Ohio’s natural areas, is putting on a great workshop on July 14th. This group has been educating and informing landowners and land mangers for a number of years. They always bring in great experts and have low-cost, high-quality presentations. This workshop is being arranged in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along the shore of Lake Erie. Check it out:

A Land Manager’s Tool Kit: Fighting Invasive Plants in Northwest Ohio

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, Ohio

This workshop is designed for public land managers and private
landowners who have a basic knowledge of northwest Ohio invasive plants and are looking for ideas, methods, and partnerships to control infestations.

• At this event, you will learn about invasive plant control efforts & methods in the Oak Openings & Lake Erie marshes regions
• Successful native plant restoration efforts
• Meet with various organizations and vendors to learn about additional resources that are available to control invasives
• Learn how purple loosestrife beetles are used as a control method
• Participate in field trips, exhibits, and demonstrations

Registration is only $10 and will be collected at the door. Box lunches will be provided.

For more information and to register, please visit the Ohio Invasive Plants Council’s website at Registration will begin on June 15th.


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.