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100 Days of Summer: May31st- Cool Off at Nelson-Kennedy Ledges

Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State park on Rte. 422 in Portage County is a hidden gem. Short hiking trails and a nice family picnic area in a geologically unique area make this a great spot for families with small children.

The area is glacially eroded sandstone. Although Ohio does not have limestone caverns like Kentucky, these caves and ravines are the next best thing.Try to find the Devil’s Icebox: a large cavern with a creek running through it. The water keeps the cave cool and misty even on the hottest summer days.

Nearby is Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, a swimming area and Music Venue and worth a look for adults.

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100 Days of Summer: 100 Recreational Areas Within 100 Miles

Within 25 Miles

Within 50 Miles

Within 75 miles

Within 100 Miles

How To Use this List:

  • I’ve kept State Parks and related State Forests as two lines. This might be cheating, but they usually offer different experiences.
  • Each Link goes directly to the appropriate site, not to a directory, wherever possible.
  • Scroll down to your favorite area. Look right above it. Have you been here? How about the area right below it?

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100 Days of Summer: Bouldering and Climbing in NE Ohio

Local gyms

Cleveland Rock Gym– Euclid, Ohio Classes from Beginner on up. Huge wall
YSU– Flad Mountain in Andrews Recreation Center.
Kendall Cliffs Climbing Gym-Akron
The Climbing Wall-Pittsburgh

Outdoor Climbing Areas

Hocking State Forest-Central Ohio CLimbing Area.
ACE Climbing School– New River Gorge WV
McConnell’s Mill– Two Areas to climb-Rim Road and Breakneck Bridge. These are very technical areas for climbing and rappelling. Please use caution and all proper safety precautions.
Whipps Ledges– Cleveland Metroparks climbing area. Permit only.
Logtown Quarries– Lisbon. On City Property with some private.


Essential Gear: Water and Hydration of route listings, forums and gear reviews. The place to go after learning the ropes.

Climbing Source– Routes. Newer site with not a lot of resources right now

Webclimbing-‘Nother site undergoing improvement

CMU Climbing Page– Lists directions for many sites close to Pittsburgh

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Ohio Topographic Map

TOPO!® Michigan, Ohio and Indiana Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software TOPO!® Michigan, Ohio and Indiana Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software

National Geographics TOPO174; is the leading map software for outdoor recreation and features seamless, authentic USGS maps you can customize and print yourself.TOPO174; Michigan, Ohio and Indiana features more than 2,700 seamless USGS 124,000 scale topographic maps covering all three states in their entirety. These are not computer-generated maps, but high-resolution scans of authentic USGS quads with all the richness of detail they offer.8226; Five levels of map detail, from National Geographic Atlas maps to USGS 7.5 series seamless quads — the most detailed outdoor recreation maps available8226; Print custom-centered photo quality maps on any printer8226; Customize your map by adding trails, routes, text and symbols8226; Add notes, web links and photos linked to a location on the map8226; TOPO is GPS-ready. Transfer GPS waypoints and routes between your GPS unit and the software to find where you want to go or where you have been8226; Add latitudelongitude or UTM grids to any map8226; One-click trail profiles show you the distance along with elevation gain or loss8226; Toggle shaded relief on or off8226; Find new trails, parks, summits, campsites and more using the USA Place Finder8226; Animated 3D fly-thru feature enables you to fly along a trail you have drawn or imported from your GPS8226; Resizable split screen enables you to view maps in 2D and 3D. See a full 360 degree view8226; Live Map Update gets you the latest revised maps and software updates8226; PC and Mac (10.2) compatible

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100 Days of Summer- Day 23: Climb Whipps Ledges

Quick- What does Hinckley Ohio Have?

If you said Buzzards, you’re at the wrong site.  However if you said one of the few public Climbing areas in Northeast Ohio, You’re right. Oh, And check out our Climbing page for a few More.

There’s not a lot around here- I don’t know if Climbing is still considered an “Attractive Nuisance” in our area or people just don’t want to deal with any perceived liability, but we seem to be lagging behind. Any ideas on how to change this?

Anyway, here’s a page listing the recognized routes up and down Whipps Ledges. Have fun.

PS- At this rate I’ll be done with the 100 days of Summer sometime around March. I’ll try a couple AM and PM posts over the next Couple weeks to get caught up. Now will be a good time to subscribe to our RSS if you haven’t already. And join our Community- It’s not active yet. Maybe you can make the difference

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100 Days of Summer: Day 15- Rock Climbing at McConnells Mill State Park.

Image by lcthulou via Flickr

Sure, there’s no rock climbing at Nelson Ledges. But we do have a public outdoor area to get your rappel on- McConnells Mill.  If you haven’t checked out this smaller sister of Moraine, you should.

Located on Rte 422 just west of 19/79 and east of New Castle, it’s a short hop from Ohio, but is often overlooked due to the political divide. I often blog about it: It’s on the way to my office and I pass it everyday, making day trips common.

Although it’s a day use park and picnic area, the climbing area and Slippery Rock Creek whitewater area make it an interesting day trip for the more adventurous.

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