Affelder Falls is a hidden gem in Ohio that was not always so easily accessible, as it would formerly require hiking off-trail and upstream from the Affelder House. In 2016, the Geauga Parks system constructed a quarter-mile long waterfall trail, which conveniently connected the Affelder House to the Affelder Link Trail, passing directly over the falls.
Oak Openings – the largest of the Toledo Area Metroparks. Oak Openings serves as a nature preserve, and is located between Whitehouse, Ohio and Swanton, Ohio. The park is part of the Toledo Metroparks. The park sits on 5,000 acres, and was once named one of the 200 “Last Great Places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy.
The Marblehead lighthouse was built in 1821 by William Kelly. The lighthouse took 11 weeks to build with the help of 2 other workers. The first lighthouse keeper was Benajah Wolcott. After Benajah, the lighthouse was kept by Ida Lewis – the first female lighthouse keeper in the United States. The lighthouse has had sixteen keepers in all. The US Coastguard is now responsible for the maintenance of the beacon.
The Gildersleeve mountain, at its peak sits 593 feet above Lake Erie, and 1,163 feet above sea level. Its northern slopes transition down the Portage Escarpment to the Erie Plain. The Sharon Conglomerate ledges are a huge part of this, offering incredible views as you will see below:
Eyering Wetlands Metropark is an Ashtabula County Metropark that was opened in October 2017. Eyring Wetlands was the 5th Ashtabula County Metropark to open to the public since the 2014 park levy was passed. It is located in Geneva Ohio on 52 acres that were donated by conservationist Don Eyring. The Property was once a cornfield and dairy farm that was converted to wetlands over the years by Eyring and his colleagues, naturalist Herb Janke and biology professor Dr. Ed Hauser of Lakeland Community College.
Hogback Ridge is a 629 acre park located in Madison Ohio, it is bordered by the Grand River and Mill Creek. The park is named Hogback Ridge because it is on a high narrow ridge of land bordered on two sides by steep valleys making the ridge resemble the spine of a hog. The park boasts a 1,300-foot wheelchair accessible boardwalk and overlook deck that offers scenic views year round. Theres are also miles of gravel and natural trails in this massive park that lead to all kinds different views and terrains so you can explore a new part of the park you have never experienced every time you come here.
If you ever find yourself around Rochester, New York, and are looking for the perfect day trip any time of the year, you can be sure to find that at the beautiful Warner Castle Sunken Gardens.