the best in the state to visit this summer

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From the rocky ledges of Hocking Hills State Park, cavernous cliffs of Clifton Gorge and wild ecosystems near Toledo to the rushing waterfalls of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and vast lakes of the southwest part of the state, Ohio has dozens of pretty incredible hiking opportunities. 

The lodging is great too. There’s the wild: in treehouses or in a tent in the backcountry. And the comfortable: a cozy cabin or luxurious lodge.

Hiking isn’t the only activity, either. Ziplining, mountain biking and other adventures can be had near many of Ohio’s hiking destinations.

We compiled seven great hikes in the Buckeye state, some of which are familiar, others of which you may have never heard, and many of which might have you thinking “I can’t believe this is in Ohio.”

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Gorgeous, towering waterfalls, ledges and deep forest treks can be found in Ohio’s only national park, nestled between Cleveland and Akron.

About 100 waterfalls lie within the park’s borders, and they’ve been ranked among the best in the US. That’s a daunting number to see in just one visit, so here are some of the most spectacular falls in the park: