There’s something about nature and late summer that pair perfectly together. Being surrounded by water, trees, and the clear blue sky is simply breathtaking, and I look forward to these memorable times all year long. In Ohio, we are fortunate not to have to travel far to enjoy a day at a state park. Our state’s 21 state forests, 136 nature preserves, 117 wildlife areas, and 74 state parks boast incredible amounts of beauty and wonder. Near the 16th House District, there are three parks I want to highlight, all under an hour’s drive.
 
Tinkers Creek State Park is made up of a state nature preserve and a creek. The marshes and swamps provide a park experience like no other, and you may be able to glimpse wildlife such as beavers, herons, and waterfowl. Fishing in the park’s 15-acre lake is also a popular activity, with perch, crappie, bluegill, and more in abundance. The South Point Trail and the Seven Ponds Trail are two hiking trails that offer a beautiful tour of the surrounding scenery.
 
You can also explore the sprawling 838 acres of Findley State Park. Once you make the drive out, you won’t regret it. Findley Lake and the 435-foot beach are ideal places to soak in the last of the summer sun. Rowboats, kayaks, and canoes add another dimension of fun on the water. The mountain bike trail and ability to hunt in designated areas may appeal to individuals seeking adventure.  In any case, the backdrop of nature is unforgettable no matter what activities you choose to partake in.
 
Punderson State Park also offers numerous family-friendly activities that can easily fill an entire day with fun. Boating on Punderson Lake, swimming in the public beach, fishing, and spending the afternoon on the golf course are only a few options available. For families that wish to stay for a weekend, there is a campground and rental cabins to make the most of your experience. You may consider returning to this gorgeous state park in the colder months as there are plenty of thrilling winter recreation activities to try.
 
Instead of wondering how to spend the last days of summer, why not take a quick trip to a state park in your area? Ohio’s parks and landscapes provide not only stunning views but also special places to connect with loved ones while participating in a variety of outdoor activities. Before you know it, the long summer days will pass on by, so don’t miss out on a treat for the entire family!

 
 
 
  
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Representative Greenspan Sworn In As State Representative Of The 16th House District

 
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State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 16th Ohio House District, which includes Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake.