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Camping Gems - Places to Go in Ohio
North Country National Scenic Trail
This amazing trail stretches from North Dakota to New York, winding past the best scenic highlights of the norhtern states. You'll follow along beside Little Beaver Creek, a state scenic river and a component of the National Wild and Scenic River system, tracing a route that makes use of abandoned rail lines. Biking and horseback riding are allowed on sections of the trail.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The winding Cuyahoga—the "crooked river" as named by American Indians—gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The park is a refuge for flora and fauna, gives a sense of times past, and provides recreation and solitude for Ohio's residents and visitors.
Amish and Mennonite Communities
In northeastern Ohio you'll find Mennonite and Amish folk living much as people did in the 1800s. One of the best things you can do in this area is to wander the back roads, soaking up the peaceful landscape and well-manicured farms. You do need to stay alert for horses, buggies, and bicycles.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Celebrate the history of American football in Canton Ohio, the city that launched the formation of the American Professional Football Association (later renamed the NFL) in 1920. Each year, the very best retired players of the National Football League are elected to the Hall of Fame. See the Super Bowl Room, the Enshrinement Gallery, and mementos from inductees.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Mounds of various shapes and geometric enclosures dot the landscape of the Ohio River Valley. Evidence suggests that Hopewell earthworks were used for a variety of ceremonial and social activities between 200 BC to AD 500. Come learn about these sacred spaces and reflect upon the lives of their builders.
When you're in Columbus, be sure to visit the German Village District, which was established by immigrants in 1814. A good first stop is the Meeting Haus, where you'll find walking maps and information. As you wander this district's historic streets, you'll be treated to Dutch single and double brick cottages, Schiller Park, and 2 story Italianate, Queen Anne, and American Four Square homes, many with lovely backyard gardens.
It's easy to get out on the water in the fishing and boating paradise of Lake Erie. You'll find terrific walleye and bass fishing, miles of open water for boating, and islands to explore. There are even amusement parks and waterparks along the lakeshore.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Peninsula
All aboard! You're in for a treat when you tour through the beautiful countryside of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. The train leads you to Hale Farm and Village, the Akron Valley Business District, and downtown Akron/Quaker Square. (1630 Mill St W, 330-657-2000)
About 18 miles east of downtown Cleveland, you'll find Chagrin Falls, a charming Victorian town. You'll see terrific antique shops, clothing shops, and book shops, fun restaurants, and Greek Revival and Western Reserve-style architecture.
Battelle Riverfront Park, Columbus
Here you'll find a full scale replica of one of Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria. Your tour will take you through the hold, the area where the cooking was done, the stern castle where the helmsmen steered, and the captain's quarters. (90 W Broad St, 614-645-8760)