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100 Days of Summer: June 5- Go Windsurfing

A few years ago, “Surf the North Shore” shirts were a popular area fad. I Always thought they were ironic. I mean, who would surf in Ohio?

Well Actually, This Guy:

Or, If Lake Erie is a challenge, try windsurfing of Barber Point at Moraine State Park– It’s so popular there, its featured on their web site.

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100 Days of Summer: June 3- Kayak Mill Creek Park

Why Feature two posts the first week for Kayaking? Well, because right now I’m getting a ton of hits on the kayaking page from Google. People seem to be discovering the advantages of paddle sports in our region.

And why not? We’ve got whitewater at McConnells Mill and on the Yough, Fishing and scenic rivers on Ohio’s Water trails, Lake and Pond paddling, and sea kayaking on Lake Erie. We’ve got it all.

And in the fact that Kayaking and Canoeing are relatively easy to learn, pretty cheap, and provide a great return on your investment, and you can see why more and more people are discovering the hobby.

And it’s incredibly easy to get started. Grab a boat and head to lake Newport of Glacier in Mill Creek for some easy paddling and to get your feet wet, so to speak.

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100 Days of Summer: June 2- Geocaching in Boardman Park

What is geocaching? It’s best described by this video:

And Thanks to a couple highly prolific Geocachers, TurnPikeTravelers, KKAB22 and CharlesIsland, the Boardman Area is home to dozens of Geocaches.

Grab yourTomTom, Garmin, or GPS enabled phone and head over to Geocaching.com and sign up for a free account. Go to the search page and type in 44512.

I just took the 5-year-old out last weekend and she discovered the “Just Off the Path” cache at Boardman Park herself. But there’s literally hundreds of other caches in our area. Have Fun!

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100 Days of Summer: June 1- Canoe the Mahoning River

Canoe City Metropark,  has been the put-in to the Mahoning River since 1920.  18 Acres in Leavittsburg, It’s a small picnic area. Bring your fishing poles too: It’s a great fishing spot.

Trumbull Canoe Trails Paddle Club is sponsors events at this park, so check out their website for upcoming dates.

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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: June 18th- Tour Cranberry Bog

COLUMBUS, OH – Nature enthusiasts throughout Ohio are encouraged to enter a lottery to tour Ohio’s only floating island – Cranberry Bog State Nature Preserve in Buckeye Lake – during the bog’s annual open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.

Attendance at this popular open house is limited, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Anyone interested in touring the bog on June 18 should send a postcard to the ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves, 2045 Morse Road, Building C-3, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Postcards must be postmarked by May 31 and contain the following information: contact name, address with zip code, daytime phone number and total number of people in the party (not to exceed four). Only one postcard will be accepted per family.

The lottery drawing will be held in early June, and winners will be notified by mail. Walk-in visitors are welcome to attend, however, they will not be guaranteed a time slot. Boat transportation to and from the island will be provided by the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society for a donation of $5 per person.

Cranberry Bog is one of Ohio’s most unique natural areas. The 11-acre island, located approximately 100 yards off the north shore of Buckeye Lake in Fairfield County, was registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Its unique composition gives the island a spongy surface, therefore visitors are required to remain on the boardwalk.

The island dates from 1830 when Buckeye Lake was created as a feeder reservoir for the Ohio & Erie Canal. A 50-acre portion of the lake’s bed, once a thriving sphagnum bog, rose with the waters. Cranberry Bog is what remains of that portion after nearly two centuries.

Aside from the annual open house, visitation to Cranberry Bog State Nature Preserve is by written permit only.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com


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100 Days of Summer: May 29th- Bike West Branch

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West Branch State Park in Ravenna is a local treasure. A two Thousand acre lake and 5,000 acres of park means there’s lots of opportunities for things to do. It’s proximity to Akron and Cleveland means its a popular destination with a lot of amenities.

Fishing or skiing the lake, hiking the 14 miles of trails, staying at the award winning campground, swimming at the beach: If you can do it in Ohio, You can do it here.

But for a unique experience, you need to get your bike out on the 12 miles of trails that the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association Maintains. These trails range from meadows to rugged woods for every experience level. There are multiple loops to choose, all easily marked.

Head out to West Branch State Park sometime this summer to check out all that’s offered, and especially check out the bike trails for some challenges you just aren’t going to find elsewhere.

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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: Mountain and Trail Biking in NE Ohio

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Trail Biking

Akron Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail- 33 Miles

Brady’s Run Trails– Newly Improved Technical trails. 15 Miles

Mill Creek Bikeway– D’oh. I Left this off for almost a year

Stavich Bicycle Trail– Great Unknown Trail from Newcastle to Struthers along the river.

Ohio Bikeways.net– Ohio Rail to trails site.

Three River Heritage trail– 37 Mile bike and jogging trail around downtown Pittsburgh

Great Allegheny Passage– Connect Pittsburgh Airport (Parking) and region to Washington DC through a system of Rail to trail routes. Very Nice

Little Beaver Greenway Trail– 11 Miles in Lisbon, Canopied 10 foot wide paved trail

Moraine– 7 Mile Trail Bike Trail

Panhandle Trail-29 Mile Rail to Trail from Carnegie to Weirton.

Western Reserve Greenway– 47 Miles of trail, mostly in Ashtabula county

Yough River Trail-– 71 Miles of rail to trails

Mountain Biking

Beaver Creek-15 miles of mixed use trails for advanced users.

Mosquito Lake– 5 miles Mixed use trails.

West Branch– 6 Bike Loops with over 8 miles of trail maintained by CAMBA

Quail Hollow-4 Mile Mountain Bike Trail

Ohio Pyle-13 Miles Of Mountain Bike Trails

Mohican– New 24 Mile Single loop Moraine– 6 Mile Mountain Biking Trail

Raccoon CreekMany Multi-use trails.

Groups

Outspokin WheelmenYoungstown‘s Recreation Biking Group

Western PA Wheelmen– And The West Pa Bike Group

CAMBA-Cleveland Area MB Association

Ohio City CyclesCleveland area Advocacy and education group

OMBC– Ohio Mountain bike Championship Series

Websites

Blue Collar Mountain Biking

Bike Geek

Dirt Church

Rail to trail Trail List

Gear

Essential Gear: Water and Hydration

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100 Days of Summer: Hiking and Geocaching

Favorite Local Hikes: ( Short to Long)

McConnells Mill State Park: Devil’s Hollow is a fantastic trail for a small day Hike. And the Alpha Pass Trail is part of the North Country Trail ( Map )

Nelson Kennedy Ledges
– Picnic area North West of warren off 422. Rocks split and exposed by glaciers, pretty cool (Pun intended). NO CLIMBING.(Map)

Moraine State Park– Multiuse park has beaches, hiking and biking and horse trails, boating and even a windsurfing area. ( Map )

Raccoon Creek-44 Miles of Hiking trails. Many Multi use trails.

Cuyahoga Valley-Outside Akron: If you Ski, You’re familiar with it. Lots of trails, I like the Ledges. Ride the Railroad.(map)
Little Beaver Greenway Trail– 11 Miles of paved roadway along the Scenic River in Lisbon

Minister Creek Overlook– Minister Creek has a stocked creek, 7 mile overlok loop ( That also intersects the North Country Trail) and a small Camp Area at the trailhead ( Although I like camping farther back.)

Buckeye Trail– 1,400 miles around the state

North Country Trail– Developing trail to link New York to North Dakota. Locally, the trail crossesthe Alleghenies, Through McConnells Mill, to

Beaver Creek and on though Minerva. Think of the Appalachian Trail, only going east and west.

Other Hikes

Great Allegheny Pasage– Connect Pittsburgh Airport and region to Washington DC with a system of Rail to Trails.

Akron Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail-33 Miles of paved trail

Montour Trail-Active trail group developing 46 mile trail

Rachel Carson Trail-35 Mile Day Hike Trail

Three Rivers Trail-37 Miles of Trails in Downtown Pittsiburgh

Oil Creek

Geocaching

Steel Valley Outdoors Geocaching Primer

www.Geocaching.com
– Geocaching is a scavenger hunt using a GPS device that is popular all over the country. Find the treasure chest, sign in, take the small gift and leave another to keep it rolling. There are several hidden caches in the Mahoning Valley.

www.Geocacheohio.com
– Buy Ohio shaped Geocache coins to use in caches., Special cache contests and a members map to find others.

Northeast Ohio Orienteering Club– Get Skilled with Map and Compass.

Resources:

Essential Gear: Sleeping Bags

Essential Gear: Water and Hydration

Ultralight Backpacking Primer

Hiking tips

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Rail to Trail Trail List-  Biking and Hiking Trails across the country

Best Hike– Where in the wold is the best hike?

NEOnaturalist Listing of over 40 hiking trails, primarily in the Cleveland and Akron area. Big Concentration on Cuyahoga Valley

Outdoorzy– Outdoor blog with emphasis on Hiking and climbing

Peak to Peak– Small Directory of trail and hiking resources

Section Hiker– Long distance trail resource. From the AT to the Pcific Crest trail and everything in between

Slackpacker– Dayhiker resource with lots of trips and background information.

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