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Explore The Many Outdoor Recreational Opportunities Available in Ohio



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Now that the winter is gone and the spring is underway with the temperatures heating up, it’s time for us to get out of cacoons in our homes, spread our wings, and head outdoors. If you live in the state of Ohio or are perhaps just making your way through, you should know that Buckeye State provides a great variety of recreational parks, hiking trails, and more that you can take advantage of. Avid bettors will be pleased to know they can enjoy these activities and still bet on their favorite sports. Caesars Sportsbook Ohio promo codes are readily available from your mobile device.

The Two Mile Loop at Mill Creek Park

This hiking trail and park, located in Youngstown, Ohio, is among the best that the state has to offer. The 4,000+ acre park has been around since 1981 and features several areas, including a free public garden, a golf course, a water mill, and of course, the trail. As you can guess, the park features a two-mile loop trail which is easy and goes through a beautiful part of the park that is scenic and relaxing. This is a great spot, not just for a hike but just as a nice overall place to go that is relaxing and provides plenty for you to do outside.

Hocking Hills State Park

Next up, we have Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County, Ohio. This expansive, 13,000+-acre park features multiple hiking trails, including one through the stunning ash cave, which is hard to describe but is an absolutely beautiful piece of nature that looks to be out of a storybook.

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The park features other natural landmarks as well, including “Old Man’s Cave” and the “Devil’s Bathtub.” Each of these formations was formed well over 300 million years ago when Ohio was completely covered in water and was part of an ocean. It’s simply a can’t-miss pot in Ohio, but due to the beautiful and intriguing natural formations, be sure to arrive early and be prepared for it to be a bit crowded. After all, it’s widely considered one of the best, if not the best, parks in the entire state.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This national park, alongside the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland, is over 32,000 acres of protected wildland that features a wide range of hiking trails and activities for guests to enjoy during their stay in the national park. Notable stops during your time in the national park include the Canal Exploration Center, the Peninsula Depot, the Everett Covered Bridge, Brandywine Village, the Stanford House, and the Hale Farm and Village. The park also features over 125 miles of trails to hike on if you’re simply looking to enjoy a nice day out in the wilderness.

Wayne National Forest

The Wayne National Forest is another beautiful forest, this time located in southeastern Ohio near Nelsonville. There are several trails within the forest that take you through a variety of geological formations. Visitors can walk the trails over the 800,000+ acre forest or ride on one of its main trails with their ATVs. If you do make a stop at the Wayne National Forest, be sure to visit the Rokshelter, a stunning geographical formation.

John Bryan State Park

This state park that takes over 700+ acres has hiking trails, an 18-hole disc golf course, a limestone gorge, various lookouts, and much more. Whatever you’re looking for in the great outdoors, there’s a chance John Bryan State Park has exactly what you’re looking for.

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This southwestern Ohio state park is one that you should not miss. But if you do go, be sure to stop by Clifton Gorge, which is a must-see for outdoor lovers as it is breathtaking from all angles.

Kelleys Island State Park

Our final recommendation is great if it’s an especially hot day and you’re looking for more of a day along the water. This state park that can be found in north central Ohio on Lake Erie is fully on the appropriately named Kelleys Island, which is just under 4.5 sq miles. Notably, it does take time to reach the island as it can only be reached by boat or small aircraft, so be sure to plan accordingly. That being said, once you’re on the island, you’re completely surrounded by Lake Eries. This is a great spot for a day out, a day on the water, a picnic, and more. There’s also a campground as well if you’re looking to camp out for a few days on the island. Perhaps you want to come in the winter? Take advantage of the opportunity to go ice fishing or ice skating!

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