10 Easy Hikes Around Cleveland You’ll Want To Knock Off Your Summer Bucket List
In the summer, nothing is as refreshing as a shady seat and a cool canteen. Northeast Ohio gets both hot and humid, making it a challenge to sometimes explore the region. The trick is to take to super shady places with a bit of bug repellent, places where golden chips of sunlight peeking through the trees are the only allusion to the hot weather. Fortunately for Clevelanders, the region is overflowing with gorgeous outdoor paradises that will fulfill your summer without exhausting your energy. For your summer exploration pleasure, here are 10 of the easiest and best hikes in Cleveland and the surrounding area.
Greater Cleveland is full of surprises, and summertime is the loveliest season to discover them. Did we miss any awesome trails that locals must check out? Tell us in the comments!
If you’re looking for more cool summer fun, check out these Cleveland area swimming spots.
Best hikes in Cleveland
Where can I find hiking trails near me in Ohio?
Well, that depends on where you live. If you live near Columbus, we might suggest the Sycamore Plains Trail. A short 20-minute drive from town, it not only is a wonderful trail, but the area also offers over 500 acres of woods, prairies, and other natural elements to explore. If coming from the Cincinnati metropolitan area, the Badlands Trail in Harrison is only about a 25-minute drive away. Located inside of the spectacular Miami Whitewater Forest, the trail has a few ups and downs but overall it’s not too strenuous or long of a hike.
I’m looking for a kid-friendly hike near Cleveland.
There are lots of good ones, some short, others a bit longer, but the ability level really depends upon the age and energy of your kiddo! One of the most popular and most scenic hiking trails in the state near Cleveland is the Wake Robin Boardwalk Trail. It winds its way through the Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, offering some really stunning views across the marshland teeming with wildlife. You’ll also appreciate the conservation efforts here that have set aside approximately 25 acres of natural sand dunes to be preserved for enjoyment for generations to follow.
What is a good place to visit for a day trip in Ohio?
Instead of narrowing it down to just one place, which would be hard to do anyway since there are so many wonderful day trip options in Ohio, how about a list of 15!? On it, you will find places like the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, one of Ohio’s most historic buildings, an unforgettable international market in Fairfield called Jungle Jim’s (trust us, it really is unforgettable!), and in Troy there’s the Idle-Hour Ranch. “Ranch” takes on a new meaning here because you might find elephants, camels, and other animals not typically on a farm-type property, or in Ohio outside of a zoo, just to name a few.