Hiking at Kendall Ledges in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

We were finally able to make a hiking trip this Summer!  There are so many great places in Northeast Ohio to go hiking.  Most of the trails we've been on are pretty easy.  The kids have always been with us on the trails.  The only time that we have to be vigilant watching the kids on the trails is when we are at any of the ledges.  There are at least four places in Northeast Ohio that have ledges~~ Whipp's Ledges, Kendall Ledges, Nelson Ledges and Wolf Ledges are some of the ones we know of.  The geology is absolutely gorgeous in these places, but all of the rocks and cliffs can make it tricky for hiking with kids.  As long as the kids stay right near you, it's usually okay and it helps to have at least two adults.

Yesterday, on Day 15 of Summer Vacay, we went to Kendall Ledges.  Kendall Ledges is in the Virginia Kendall section of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has over 125 miles of hiking trails. The trails range from easy, with level paths, to more challenging, when it might be best to bring your good hiking gear, including trekking poles or walking sticks.

The Ledges trail is fairly short~~I believe about 2 miles.  As long as you stay on the trail, it is easily hike-able. Part of the fun of going to places like these, though,  is going slightly off trail to see the nooks and crannies created by all of the rocks and cliffs.  Here are some pictures of our trip.  It is so hard to capture the enormity and beauty of nature, but hopefully these pictures will give you an idea of all this area has to offer.

There is one spot on the trail, where there is a wall that's on an angle.  The kids like to climb to the top and "slide" down.

Right now, all of the rocks and trees are covered with a lot of moss, so everything is very green.
Remember to bring bug spray if you're hiking inside a forest.  The mosquitoes were out in full force!  No.  I do not have pictures of the mosquitoes.  That was just a friendly reminder!

I was calling the rock above "Phineas".  Doesn't it look like Phineas's head?
"Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today."

The adult standing "guard" over the kids so that they don't get too close to the edge. (Above)

Such a nice place to hike.
Do you have places to hike near you?

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