The beautiful Cuyahoga River runs through Cuyahoga Valley between Cleveland and Akron in Ohio. It was actually a very beautiful park, with plenty of picnic areas and hiking trails.
The park has a paved “tow path” trail meant for bicyclists, but that didn’t stop us from “hiking” on it! Over a hundred years ago, it was a dirt path made by the animals that hauled the canal barges.
And some trails went over beautiful grassy dams, that formed the ponds.
And some trails climbed to the top of ridges.
For the first time ever, we had a “national park” vacation without camping! (It was cheaper to drive the small car and stay at a hotel than to drive the big car that could hold all the camping equipment.) However, we still had a picnic lunch and barbecue dinner every day. And when we were done eating, there was time to do some running around!
Delicious food, lots of hiking, beautiful scenery, and great company = wonderful memories.