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Ohio's National Park: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Rikki Teeters

Ohio has one of the nations best National Parks. Cuyahoga Valley National Park spans multiple cities in Northeast Ohio. We spent Sunday exploring CVNP at our Instameet. We explored Ledges, Blue Hen Falls and Brandywine Falls.

We gathered in the morning at the Happy Days Lodge parking lot near the Ledges trail-head.

Our hike leaders Mady @wanderlustinohio and Rich @reveller515 started the day by giving overviews of their hike options - Brandywine Falls & Blue Hen Falls - two of the most Instagrammed icons in the park. Then we divided into three groups to begin our adventure around the park.

We joined Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ranger, Ryan Ainger, for a hike through the Ledges area. We learned that much of the area was carved out by ocean waters millions of years ago. Ranger Ryan led us into some lesser known areas of Ledges that featured mysterious rock carvings and hidden caves.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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Mady & Rich's hiking groups explored two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Ohio - Brandywine Falls & Blue Hen Falls!

Photo by @wandering.wolf1 on the Blue Hen Falls Hike

Photo by @wandering.wolf1 on the Blue Hen Falls Hike

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Photo by  @wanderlustinohio  on the Brandywine Falls Hike

Photo by @wanderlustinohio on the Brandywine Falls Hike

Photo by  @wanderlustinohio  at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

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Photo by  @wanderlustinohio  at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by  @wanderlustinohio  at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by  @wanderlustinohio  at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by  @wanderlustinohio  at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

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Ohio Sunflowers at Cottell Park

Rikki Teeters

If you know us, you know that we love Sunflowers! Each year we adventure around Ohio to find these sunbathing beauties. Mid-summer through early fall is peak season for blooming Sunflowers. When we received word that some of the first Ohio Sunflowers were blooming at Cottell Park in Mason, Ohio, we quickly ventured out to find the seasonal flowers. The field was already filled with people when we arrived. We loved seeing so many people filled with delight from flowers.

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20 Best Camping Spots in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Summer is finally here and that means it's prime time to explore Ohio! Camping is one of our favorite local summer activities. We were lucky enough to grow up near some of Ohio's best campgrounds and parks! Here is our list of Ohio's 20 Best Camping Spots!

20. Kelleys Island State Park - Kelleys Island, Ohio

Photo by @lex_rohrs on Instagram

Photo by @lex_rohrs on Instagram

 

19. John Bryan State Park - Yellow Springs, Ohio

Photo by  mitchellcisney  on Instagram

Photo by mitchellcisney on Instagram

 

18. Barkcamp State Park - Belmont, Ohio

Photo by @wv_ranger on Instagram

Photo by @wv_ranger on Instagram

 

17. Grand Lake St. Marys - St. Marys, Ohio

Photo by  thetennantnextdoor  on Instagram

Photo by thetennantnextdoor on Instagram

 

16. Great Seal State Park - Chillicothe, Ohio

Photo by @jeffsack on Instagram

Photo by @jeffsack on Instagram

 

15. HUESTON WOODS STATE PARK - COLLEGE CORNER, OHIO

Photo by @rootspickeron Instagram

Photo by @rootspickeron Instagram

 

14. Alum Creek State Park - Delaware, Ohio

Photo by Megan Rae on Instagram

Photo by Megan Rae on Instagram

 

13. A.W. Marion State Park - Circleville, Ohio

Photo by @jessielyn.jl12on Instagram

Photo by @jessielyn.jl12on Instagram

 

12. Lake Alma State Park - Wellston, Ohio

Photo by @itspunkybish on Instagram

Photo by @itspunkybish on Instagram

 

11. Mary Jane Thurston State Park - McClure, Ohio

Photo by @ liv___photo  on Instagram

Photo by @liv___photo on Instagram

 

10. West Branch State Park - Ravenna, Ohio

Photo by  kimleephelps  on Instagram

Photo by kimleephelps on Instagram

 

9. Lake Hope State Park - McArthur, Ohio

Lake Hope State Park

Photo by _lanye on Instagram

 

8. Deer Creek State Park - Mt. Sterling, Ohio

Photo by @camronlens on Instagram

Photo by @camronlens on Instagram

 

7. Shawnee State Park - Portsmouth, Ohio

Photo by @wildwaterdoveon Instagram

Photo by @wildwaterdoveon Instagram

 

6. Geneva State Park - Geneva, Ohio

Photo by olivemagdalene  on Instagram

Photo byolivemagdalene on Instagram

 

5. Scioto Trail State Park - Chillicothe, Ohio

Photo by kyyee_   on Instagram

Photo by kyyee_ on Instagram

4. Mohican State Park - Loudonville, Ohio

Photo by @wellsville101 on Instagram

Photo by @wellsville101 on Instagram

3. Hocking Hills State Park - Logan, Ohio

Photo by @@cherry_jane13 on Instagram

Photo by @@cherry_jane13 on Instagram

 

2. Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Peninsula, Ohio

Photo by @juancarlastic on Instagram

Photo by @juancarlastic on Instagram

 

1. South Bass Island, Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Photo by  karousel17  on Instagram

Photo by karousel17 on Instagram

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Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

Rikki Teeters

This beautiful public park is located near Toledo, Ohio. Oak Openings Preserve Metropark was recently made famous by a group of popular Instagrammers in the Toledo area. One of those awesome local Instagrammers is @oldmansiggy. He led us around Oak Openings to an area locals call "The NW Ohio Spot" at our March 2017 Instameet.

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10 Places in Ohio To Go Apple Picking

Rikki Teeters

Apple picking is one of our favorite Fall activities! Ohio has so many great spots where you can pick your own apples. This experience is perfect for a romantic date or a day out with the whole family! Here is our list of 10 Places in Ohio To Go Apple Picking This Fall!

10. CherryHawk Farm Apple Orchard in Marysville, Ohio

9. Burnham Orchards in Berlin Heights

Photo by @theheartsdlite at Burnham Orchards in Berlin Heights

Photo by @theheartsdlite at Burnham Orchards in Berlin Heights

8. Dodd's Hillcrest Orchards in Amherst, Ohio

Photo by @katiemac216 at Dodd's Hillcrest Orchards in Amherst, Ohio

Photo by @katiemac216 at Dodd's Hillcrest Orchards in Amherst, Ohio

7. A & M Farm Orchard in Midland, Ohio

Photo by @gentryts at A&M Farm Orchard in Midland, Ohio

Photo by @gentryts at A&M Farm Orchard in Midland, Ohio

6. Bauman Orchards in Rittman, Ohio

Photo by @iggyshihtzalea at Bauman Orchards in Rittman, Ohio

Photo by @iggyshihtzalea at Bauman Orchards in Rittman, Ohio

5. Hirsch Fruit Farm in Chillicothe, Ohio

Photo by @_jacobweber at Hirsch Fruit Farm in Chillicothe, Ohio

Photo by @_jacobweber at Hirsch Fruit Farm in Chillicothe, Ohio

4. Kuner's Apple Orchard in Clinton, Ohio

Photo by @rachellaurenlucy at Kuner's Apple Orchard in Clinton, Ohio

Photo by @rachellaurenlucy at Kuner's Apple Orchard in Clinton, Ohio

3. Patterson Fruit Farms in Chesterland, Ohio

Photo by @davekoen at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio

Photo by @davekoen at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio

2. MacQueen Orchards in Holland, Ohio

Photo by @mommatodelaney at MacQueen Orchards in Holland, Ohio

Photo by @mommatodelaney at MacQueen Orchards in Holland, Ohio

1. Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, Ohio

Photo by  @girlaboutcolumbus  at Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, Ohio

Photo by @girlaboutcolumbus at Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, Ohio

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5 Spots to Find Sunflowers in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Early every fall Sunflowers blossom all over Ohio. Some live in miles-long fields while others pop up in patches throughout our neighborhoods. These natural beauties only last for a short time. Make sure you go to see them while you can! Here are 5 Spots to Find Sunflowers in Ohio This Fall!

5. Maria's Field of Hope in Avon, Ohio

Photo by  @digital504  at Maria's Field of Hope in Avon, Ohio

Photo by @digital504 at Maria's Field of Hope in Avon, Ohio

4. Beavercreek Wetlands in Xenia, OH

Photo by  @jimcrottyphotog  at Beavercreek Wetlands in Xenia, OH

Photo by @jimcrottyphotog at Beavercreek Wetlands in Xenia, OH

3. Yankee Trace in Centerville, OH

Photo by @nick_d_photography at Yankee Trace in Centerville, OH

Photo by @nick_d_photography at Yankee Trace in Centerville, OH

2. Tecumseh Land Trust in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Photo by  @snookie0101  at Tecumseh Land Trust in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Photo by @snookie0101 at Tecumseh Land Trust in Yellow Springs, Ohio

1. Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, OH

Photo by @brookewallace3 at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, OH

Photo by @brookewallace3 at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, OH

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10 Breathtaking Photos Taken in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

10. Waterspout at Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light

Photo taken last week by @ncline19 at the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light

Photo taken last week by @ncline19 at the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light

9. Splashing Waterfalls in Hocking Hills State Park

Photo by @scottphotog at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park!

Photo by @scottphotog at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park!

8. The Devil's Bathtub in Hocking Hills State Park

Photo by @mattshifflerphoto at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio

Photo by @mattshifflerphoto at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio

7. Flying High Above Cleveland, Ohio

Photo by @aerialagents in Cleveland, Ohio

Photo by @aerialagents in Cleveland, Ohio

6. Gotham Style Cincinnati

Photo by @cincygram in Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by @cincygram in Cincinnati, Ohio

5. Snowy Marblehead Lighthouse

Photo by @littlecoal at Marblehead Lighthouse in Marblehead, Ohio

Photo by @littlecoal at Marblehead Lighthouse in Marblehead, Ohio

4. When the Whole Land Showed Up for the Cavs Victory Parade

Photo by @wrathattack in Cleveland, Ohio

Photo by @wrathattack in Cleveland, Ohio

3. Clever Hands at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

Photo by @littlecoal at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

Photo by @littlecoal at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

2. Amazing Colorful Sunset in Toledo, Ohio

Photo by @toledoaerialmedia in Toledo, Ohio

Photo by @toledoaerialmedia in Toledo, Ohio

1. Storm brewing on Lake Erie in Ohio

Photo by @kylelanzer on from Edgewater Park on Lake Erie!

Photo by @kylelanzer on from Edgewater Park on Lake Erie!

14 Places That Make Ohio Look Like a Tropical Paradise

Rikki Teeters

Some people associate Ohio with bad weather and bland landscapes - we are here to prove those people wrong! Ohio actually has lots of natural water areas which make it the perfect place for a peaceful waterfront escape from reality. Here is our list of 14 Places That Make Ohio Look Like a Tropical Paradise!

14. South Bass Island in Put-in-Bay

Photo by @wvgirlinthe216 on South Bass Island in Put-in-Bay, Ohio!

Photo by @wvgirlinthe216 on South Bass Island in Put-in-Bay, Ohio!

13. Edgewater Beach in Cleveland Ohio

Photo by @brendansimpsonphotography at Edgewater Beach

Photo by @brendansimpsonphotography at Edgewater Beach

12. Catawba Island on Lake Erie

Photo by @chaseeagleson near Catawba Island on Lake Erie

Photo by @chaseeagleson near Catawba Island on Lake Erie

11. Kayaking on Lake Erie

Photo by @jaymetrondle on Lake Erie near Put-in-Bay, Ohio!

Photo by @jaymetrondle on Lake Erie near Put-in-Bay, Ohio!

10. Caves on Lake Erie

Photo by @poolsideceo near Wagar Beach on Lake Erie

Photo by @poolsideceo near Wagar Beach on Lake Erie

9. Huntington Beach at Bay Village Ohio

Photo by @dorisbritton at Huntington Beach

Photo by @dorisbritton at Huntington Beach

8. Mentor Beach Park

Photo by @fekophoto at the Mentor Beach Park

Photo by @fekophoto at the Mentor Beach Park

7. Kelleys Island 

Photo by @kevingoodman7 on Kelleys Island

Photo by @kevingoodman7 on Kelleys Island

6. South Bass Island Lighthouse

Photo by @catawbaontherocks near South Bass Island

Photo by @catawbaontherocks near South Bass Island

5. Hocking Hills, Ohio

Photo by @blurredimagemedia at Hocking Hills State Park

Photo by @blurredimagemedia at Hocking Hills State Park

4. Avon Lake

3. Gibraltar Island

Photo by Focal Plane Photography above Gibraltar Island

Photo by Focal Plane Photography above Gibraltar Island

2. Bradstreet's Landing

Photo by @sallykershner at Bradstreet's Landing

Photo by @sallykershner at Bradstreet's Landing

1. Isle Saint George, Ohio

Photo by @coyotepeterson at Isle St. George!

Photo by @coyotepeterson at Isle St. George!