Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cuyahoga National Park

Our last stop before heading home was Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Cuyahoga is the youngest National Park (it got NP status in 2000) and it is considered an urban park.  We were fortunate that we were here on the National Park Service's 100th birthday!  The park service even had a special wooden badge to earn!

We were only here for one full day but we managed to fit in a hike, a train ride and a bike ride!  We started with a hike through the Ledges.  The Ledges were formed from a large sand deposit left by receding glaciers which, through time, turned into sandstone. Erosion then worked its magic and left these formations!

After lunch at the Spotted Lizard, we rented bikes to ride along the tow path by the canal.  The canal runs alongside the Cuyahoga River and, riding the path, one can see historic points along the river such as the many locks and historic buildings.

The gentleman we rented the bikes from suggested that we ride the Cuyahoga train upriver (and up the towpath) and ride the bikes back down.  It turned out to be a great suggestion as it allowed us to both ride and bike.

As a side note, I had one of the best burgers I have ever had in Hudson, Ohio at Flip Side.  I highly recommend!

Next stop... HOME!

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