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Highland Square Market is more than a farmers market where you buy your weekly produce – it is also where many vendors sell their homemade goods. Part of the Countryside Farmers’ Market organization (CFM), Highland Square Market is located on Conger Avenue and West Market Street. They’re in business every Thursday from 4pm to 7pm, May 29th to October 2nd. D…

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has 125 miles of hiking trails. What makes the Brandywine Gorge Trail one of the most visited?

A Historic Site

Brandywine Falls, a 65-foot waterfall, is one of the most popular sites at CVNP. The Brandywine Creek water flows over a rock embankment primarily composed of Berea Sandstone, Bedford shale, and Cleveland shale. Steps a…

The next time you’re weary of city life, visit Sarah’s Vineyard for a relaxing evening in a unique atmosphere. This is a favorite of Appalachian Outfitters – you can enjoy the natural view of the Metro Parks, listen to good music, eat tasty food, and relax with your family and friends, all in one sitting.


Natural view at Sarah’s Vineyard (photo credit: Sara…

For centuries, there has been some variation of stand up paddle boarding, from Hawaii to England to Africa to Tel Aviv, whether for fighting, hunting, or lifeguarding. Nobody knows exactly when stand up paddle boarding was invented, but everybody knows it’s a fantastic sport!

Surftech Paddle Boarding in slot canyon (photo credit: Brad Shorb)

Stand Up Paddle

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity that is perfect for any of your friends and family, the Ledges Trail is perfect for you! The hike forms a 2.2-mile loop – short enough to be fun, long enough for a slight challenge – which takes only 1.5 hours to hike.



Rays of Sunlight at Ritchie Ledges (photo credit: Tom Jones, NPS)

While hiking the trail, you will see cou…

While opportunities for backpacking are somewhat limited in northeast Ohio, there are some great trails within a day’s drive. This past week the opportunity presented itself for me to take a short overnight trip, so I decided to check out a trail that was new to me. I headed out to the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania, which is about a 3 hour …

The Great Blue Heron is one of the most majestic birds in our area. Our local Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is 33,000 acres in total, is a favorite habitat for these fascinating animals.


Blue Heron in flight at CVNP Beaver Marsh (photo credit: Brad Shorb)

Where Can I Find Great Blue Herons?

Keep an eye out while hiking CVNP as you might find one of the local heron…

Are you thinking of ways to plan for an active, healthy summer? Start at the Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow. It’s more than a place – it’s a community. Not only do they sell great food, but they also host a variety of workshops and events. With over sixty different vendors, it’s the largest farmers’ market in the area; you’re sure to find wh…

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