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April Hiking Series

Who’s ready for warm weather? We are! And we’re starting spring and summer 2019 off with a brand new hiking series. Beginning in April and ending in mid-May, each of these hikes are unique, with different trails, times, and difficulties. But all of our hikes share a few key points: enjoying the outdoors with new and old friends as we watch spring come to Northeastern Ohio. Take a look at all of our planned hikes below for details on each! Please note: for each of our hikes, please arrive 15 minutes early to sign a waiver before the hike begins.

Plateau Trail

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Join us on April 7 for our first hike on Plateau Trail. This trail is a 4.4-mile loop in Peninsula, Ohio. It is moderately difficult with moderate traffic from other hikers. The highlight of the trail is a waterfall that will be beautiful this time of year! For more information, visit our Facebook page.

Date: April 7, 2019 Time: 9 am-11 am Meet at: Oak Hill Trailhead (Oak Hill Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264)

Pine Grove/Ledges

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For our second hike, we’ll explore the trails at Pine Grove/Ledges, one of the most scenic hikes in the area. The terrain is rocky and rough with hemlock trails, ferns, moss-covered rocks, and even a cave! The cliff ledge overlook and rock staircase are the pot of gold at the end of the hike! If you want to invite your friends to join you, all of the information is available on our Facebook page.

Date: April 10, 2019 Time: 6 pm-8 pm Meet at: Ledges Shelter (701 Truxell Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264)

Buckeye Trail

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Our third hike will be Buckeye Trail, north of Pine Lane. This trail is a single track with many twists and hills and a quiet beauty. The trail winds through rare white pines, ravines, and orchards. Because it’s in a more remote part of the park, we can enjoy nature without distractions. The trail may cover muddy streams and crossings, so be ready for some dirt! Learn more through our event page.

Date: April 14, 2019 Time: 9 am-11 am Meet at: Pine Lane Trailhead (Peninsula, Ohio)

Boston Run Trail

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Boston Run Trail is our fourth hike and is just over 3 miles long. The loop is moderately rated, and the highlights include a river, low-lying meadows and creek beds, and a variety of wildlife like woodpeckers, squirrels, chipmunks, and more. This moderate hike is even better if you share it with friends and bring a group!

Date: April 17, 2019 Time: 6 pm-8 pm Meet at: Happy Days Lodge (500 West Streetsboro Street, Boston Heights, Ohio 44264)

Stanford/Brandywine Gorge

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Join our fifth hike through Stanford/Brandywine Gorge! At just a few miles long, this short hike packs a heavy punch. Brandywine Gorge is best known for Brandywine Falls, but there are other great sites, too, such as water bars, ponds, Brandywine Creek, wildlife, and the beautiful forest. Learn more through our Facebook page.

Date: April 24, 2019 Time: 6 pm-8 pm Meet at: Brandywine Falls (8176 Brandywine Rd, Peninsula, Ohio 44067)

Perkins Trail


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Our sixth hike will cover Perkins Trail, a 2.75-mile trail with one of the most difficult trail ratings in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It’s fun and challenging! Many hikers bring walking sticks for this trail for the extra boost where there may be mud pits. On this hike, you may even see some horses and riders passing through. Share this event with your friends through our Facebook page.

Date: April 28, 2019 Time: 9 am-11 am Meet at: Everett Road Bridge (2370 Everett Rd, Peninsula, Ohio 44264)

Oak Hill Trail

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Oak Hill Trail is our seventh hike in the series. Blow off steam from your workday with this evening hike through hemlocks, hawthorns, cherries, and maples. Because of the variety of trees and wildlife, Oak Hill is known as a popular birding site. This easy hike is just 1.7 miles long—ideal for a weeknight. Learn more from our event page.

Date: May 1, 2019 Time: 6 pm-8 pm Meet at: Oak Hill Trailhead (Oak Hill Rd, Peninsula, Ohio 44264)

Kendall Lake and Salt Run Trail

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Kendall Lake and Salt Run Trail are slotted for our eighth hike in the series. This loop features uneven steps, large, steep hills, and challenging terrain for both hikers and runners. Some lower parts of the trail have thick foliage, so watch out for skunk cabbage in the spring! Pay attention, and you may see White Oak Spring, a natural spring below a white oak tree on the trail. RSVP to join us!

Date: May 5, 2019 Time: 9 am-11 am Meet at: Kendall Lake (Peninsula, Ohio)

Furnace Run Trail

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Our ninth hike in the series is at Furnace Run Trail. This loop is 1.7 miles long, and is located near Brecksville. It is rated as moderately challenging and boasts beautiful forest views. Most people access the trail for walking, hiking, nature trips, trail running, and exploring. Learn more through our Facebook event page.

Date: May 8, 2019 Time: 6 pm-8 pm Meet at: Everett Road Bridge (2370 Everett Rd, Peninsula, Ohio 44264)

Lake/Pine Grove Trails

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For our tenth hike, join us to explore Lake/Pine Grove Trails. For 2.2 miles, we will enjoy scenic views through hemlock, oaks, switchgrass, early spring wildflowers, and more. Since it’s moderately strenuous, we can take in the scenery without worrying about our footing. RSVP through our Facebook page and be sure to bring some friends!

Date: May 12, 2019 Time: 9 am-11 am Meet at: Kendall Lake (Peninsula, Ohio)

Tree Farm Trail

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Next up is Tree Farm Trail. This loop is 2.8 miles long with moderate traffic. The highlight of the hike is a beautiful lake with scenic views, perfect for a mild spring day. The trail, open from March through October, is suitable for a variety of hiking skill levels. Learn more here!

Date: May 15, 2019 Time: 6 pm-8 pm Meet at: 2167 Major Rd, Peninsula, Ohio 44264

Kendall Lake/Cross Country Trail

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Our twelfth and final hike is through Kendall Lake/Cross Country Trail. Best known for birding, this loop is 2.4 miles long and was originally made for cross-country skiing, but many runners and hikers enjoy the trail. There are several elevation changes and beautiful views, deer, birds, and wildlife for a worthwhile hike. Remember to RSVP so we know you’re coming!

Date: May 19, 2019 Time: 9 am-11 am Meet at: Kendall Lake (Peninsula, Ohio)

April Hiking Series with Appalachian Outfitters

Mark your calendars for each of our spring hikes to come enjoy the wild outdoors with us. We can’t wait to see you out on the trails! Contact us with any questions about the hikes.