Cleveland April 10, 2019
9 Small Rural Towns Near Cleveland That Are Downright Delightful
Do you ever find yourself craving an escape? Many people residing in urban jungles like Cleveland find themselves tiring of the charms of city life, despite the pleasantries and accessibility such a lifestyle offers. Fortunately for locals, our big city is surrounded by splendid suburbs and rural retreats that provide an incredible getaway. If you’re craving a road trip, you’ll adore these quaint destinations:
1. Boston Township, Summit County
With barely over 1,500 residents and 19.7 miles of land, Boston Township is perhaps one of the most open areas in Greater Cleveland. Portions of this natural playground overlap with the stunning Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is unsurprising considering that this splendid landscape first amazed surveyors in 1805. Within this rural community are two villages: Peninsula and Boston Heights. Visitors love exploring this township's centuries of history at the
area historical museum
2. Burton, Geauga County
Welcome to Geauga County's oldest community. Burton was founded in 1798, and the surrounding Burton Township was established in 1806. Burton is home to the
Century Village Museum
and an impressive maple sugaring culture, but this quaint community isn't without
great dining opportunities
3. Valley City, Medina County
Valley City is unlike any other city in all of Northeast Ohio. It's an unincorporated community in Liverpool Township, and its welcome signs declare it as The Frog Jump Capital of Ohio. What could such a title mean? This historic community has permanently tied its identity with that of all-American author Mark Twain by hosting a frog jumping contest styled after his story
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
. During this festival, vendors, food trucks, crafts, and games surround an "arena" where area residents (mostly kids, as you may imagine) measure the distance that captured frogs can jump. This
event and quirky tradition
takes extra care to ensure that frogs are not harmed during their festivities, and many flock to this tiny community each year to witness the fun.
4. Hunting Valley, Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties
With less than a thousand residents, it's incredible to consider that this 8 square mile community stretches between two counties. This pretty place was once part of Orange Township, the famous birthplace of President James A. Garfield. It is also home to the Case Western Reserve University Farm, a 400-acre conglomerate of Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms that serves as a research and recreational property for the college.
5. Walnut Creek, Holmes County
If you're a fan of Ohio's incredible Amish Country, you've doubtlessly visited this community's incredible
. This Holmes County community has around 900 residents, many of which contribute to the local Amish population. Visitors here partake in simple delights offered by the Amish countryside, enjoying cozy overnight stays, comfort-centric dining, and quaint local attractions.
6. Kirtland, Lake County
Roughly 20 miles outside of Cleveland is the city of Kirtland, and it's well worth visiting. Not only is this community home to the spectacular Holden Arboretum, but it is also the heart and soul of the
early Latter Day Saint movement
. The most delightfully rural portion of this community can be found at the
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
, which is open to the public.
7. Hinckley Township, Medina County
Hinckley Township is a breathtaking community in Medina County that's become famous for its buzzard population. Following the events of the famed Great Hinckley Hunt, these birds purportedly returned to the area on March 15 each and every year. This quirky community is home to the southernmost park in the
, containing the sapphire-blue Hinckley Lake and the artistic carvings of Worden's Ledges.
8. Loudonville, Ashland and Holmes Counties
If you've heard of Loudonville, you have likely heard its name tied to outdoor adventure. This village is known by adventure seekers as the Canoe Capital of Ohio, as it houses both
canoe liveries and a mesmerizing state park
. Loudonville was established in 1814, and it has maintained its natural charms as the centuries have passed. It includes a historic downtown and a
that's said to be haunted. Beauty abounds in this area, delighting photographers and hikers alike.
9. Middlefield, Geauga County
Clevelanders don't have to travel far to find Amish Country. In fact, the fourth largest Amish population in the world can be found in and around
. In the warmer months, visitors enjoy everything from time outdoors to the
local railroad museum
. From parades to parks, there's much to love in this rural community.
There’s no shame in craving an escape from urban life. Which of these quaint communities is your favorite?
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