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From sprawling fields of corn to the foothills of Appalachia to the Lake Erie shore, Ohio boasts a magnificent range of terrain. It’s also home to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and since our country is currently celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service, I made it a point to finally make a visit. I was long past due.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is criss-crossed with trails, roads and even the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The 33,000-acre treasure also features farmland and marshes, waterfalls and dense, boulder-strewn forests. That’s where I went: to the Ledges at Virginia Kendall Park, where I hiked beneath a thick canopy of just-changing foliage to explore the caves and Ledges Overlook.

The forest is a magical place. I fell in love with the whimsy of the oversize rocks and the green glow of light passing through leaves. Right now (three weeks since I’ve gone), the park is most certainly an autumn wonderland — so it’s not too late for you to lace up and hit the trails, too!


Photos by Michael Ciuni