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    The Best Trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    I’m often asked for the best trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Since the park is quite vast and stretches from Cleveland all the way to Akron, there are a ton of trail options to choose from! I encourage people to try and see as much as they can since really, you can’t go wrong anywhere you go. But, I finally decided to jot down my absolute favorite trails which includes two harder and two easier hikes. I would consider these “lesser known” trails, beyond the obvious and most popular spots in the park such as Blue Hen Falls, Brandywine Falls and the Ledges. 1. Salt Run Trail This…

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    The Best Hiking East of Cleveland

    Cleveland is well known for it’s ongoing battle: east side or west side? As someone who lives on the west side, I am almost never excited to hop on I-90E.  However, there is one area where the east side has won me over and I am always willing to drop what I’m doing and hit the road to do: hiking. And, surprisingly,  the area east of Cleveland has some of my favorite hiking trails.  Below I’m sharing my five favorite parks and the best hiking east of Cleveland. North Chagrin Reservation Part of the Cleveland Metroparks system, I’ve previously ranked this park as an “honorable mention” as one of my favorites,…

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    The Best Hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks

    Did you know that Cleveland Metroparks is home to 18 reservations, spanning 23,000 miles in the greater Cleveland area? From what I’ve experienced, it seems like a lot of people living in the area didn’t or still don’t know that there’s so much to see and explore outside the city limits. So I wanted to share what I consider the best hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks. I challenged myself to rank the Cleveland Metroparks. This was really hard, because they are all so great, all for different reasons! For me, there are spots that rekindled my love for nature, the spot where my husband proposed, and the spot where I…