Ohio is a state that is truly wealthy in its abundance of parks—we can boast an array of local, state, and even national parks. Many people unfamiliar with Cuyahoga County and the area around Cleveland might see the region as strictly urban. However, that is just not the case! While the Cleveland metropolitan area is certainly booming, there are plenty of opportunities to get out of the city and back into nature.

Northeastern Ohio is lucky to be home to multiple national parks, all within driving distance of the 6th House District and the greater Cleveland area for a day trip or a long weekend away. One of my favorites is Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a quiet getaway in between Cleveland and Akron that can seem a world away from the city. With over 125 miles of hiking trails, five major bike paths, canoeing and kayaking, and so much more, the park is overflowing with different family-friendly activities to take part in. When you plan your text trip here, I recommend checking out the Brandywine Falls, a 65-foot waterfall that is one of Ohio’s hidden treasures.

If you want to explore a little closer to home, I certainly have to put out the word for Cleveland Metroparks! With over 23,000 acres in 18 reservations, the metroparks have both recreational and educational activities all year. Not only do they have your traditional activities like hiking and boating, but at many of the metropark locations, you can golf, see concerts and movies, take classes or workshops, and more. It’s easy to keep your summer schedule busy and full by just taking advantage of everything the Cleveland Metroparks have to offer.

While our district does not have the perks of a state park within its boundaries, there are still so many within northeastern Ohio and around the state to enjoy. Ohio has 74 state parks, making up a portion of the 600,000 acres of land dedicated to the preservation of our wildlife. The unique part about our state parks is that by visiting different ones around the state, you will get a firsthand experience of the state’s varying and diverse landscape. From the hills of southeastern Ohio to the plains of the northwest, our state parks help tell the story of Ohio’s history.

As summer already seems to be winding down to an end and the school year is just on the horizon, I encourage you to plan one of your upcoming weekends to enjoy the many kinds of parks and scenic preserves that our state maintains.

There is much to be seen and experience right here at home, so get out there and explore Ohio!

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