One of the adventurous things I've been a lot better at this summer is exploring the parks around my area. Lola and I went hiking on three consecutive weekends at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and it is definitely a favorite activity for both of us. I had been on the gravel Towpath a few times, but never the dirt, wilderness paths before our first excursion.
The first time out we checked out the Oak Hill and Plateau Trails for a 5.27 mile roundtrip.
The second time out we parked at the Stanford House and to Brandywine Falls and back. The bridge to connect to the Brandywine Gorge Trail was out, but Lola took full advantage of the short stop to take a nice break and swim in the stream. We logged 4.3 miles on the day.
Our most recent hike started at Kendall Lake. We took the Cross Country Trail, connected to the Salt Run Trail, then took the Lake Trail back to the parking lot. This route had it all - ponds, streams, woods and meadows for a total of 6.56 miles.
We've checked off a lot of the CVNP trails in just three trips. Looks like the weather will be nice again this weekend and some more hiking will be in store!
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." --Anatole France