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We’ve set the dates for our Second Annual Fall Hiking Series!

We will be hiking on Sundays at 9am and Wednesdays at 6pm. Our Sunday hikes will be longer, and to accommodate the shorter days and those looking for a more casual stroll, our Wednesday hikes will be shorter.

Any changes or last minute weather cancellations will be posted the day of the hike on the AO

The slow drip on my sleeping pad from the tent roof distracted me from my reading as we waited out the downpour going on outside. Sore, hungry, and damp all I could focus on was the concern that the leak would increase and I would spend the night in a soaked sleeping bag with water dripping on my head if I rolled the wrong direction. Moments like this on every backpacking t…

Northeastern Ohio Kayaking

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 by

Kayak Techniques

Kayaking looks simple – you hop in and paddle, right? That technique will work, but if you want to gain the most from your kayaking experience, here are some helpful techniques.

  • When you reach to your paddle, place your hands about shoulder-width apart.
  • Practice good posture. Slouching comes naturally in a kayak, but try to sit up straight.
  • The

Bald Eagles Are a Rich Part of Our Local Ohio History

In 1782, the bald eagle became the national emblem of the United States. It was a spiritual emblem for the Native American people much earlier. Benjamin Franklin was unhappy about the decision, claiming the bald eagle “is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly.”


Bald Eagle Nest at Pi…

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 …

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