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A Real Gem Awaits You in Cuyahoga Valley National

An October 2002 trip to Cleveland by Amy Travels

Quote: In Mid-October 2002, my husband and I got a babysitter for our daughter so we could check out Cuyahoga Valley National Park, one of the U.S.’s newest national parks. There was so much to do and the scenery was so beautiful, that we can’t wait to go back again!

A Real Gem Awaits You in Cuyahoga Valley National

Overview

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I highly recommend both Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Hale Farm and Village. I also recommend trying at least one of the many unique restaurants in the area. See the following journal entries for more information. Six Flags Worlds of Adventure is also located in this area. See my journal on Aurora, Ohio for complete details on Six Flags. Also, this area is less than 30 miles from Cleveland.Quick Tips: Request maps and other information in advance. See www.nps.gov for more information. That way, you can decide what you want to do and map out your route before you arrive. Or, you can follow the route that I took as described in the following journals. ...Read More
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I chose to stay at the Microtel Inn in Streetsboro, Ohio, because I was able to get an excellent Internet rate there-—$42/night, including continental breakfast. The Microtel proved to be a safe, quiet hotel in a nice, safe area. The location was also convenient—-less than ten minutes to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To get to the national park from the Microtel, exit in back of hotel onto Route 303, and take it west through the quaint village of Hudson to the Happy Days Visitor Center. The Microtel is also located with walking distance of shopping (Lowes, Wal-Mart, grocery stores, etc.) and restaurants (Perkins, Denny’s, Arby’s, McDonald’s, Steak ‘n Shake, Rockne’s Pub, etc.) The Microtel is a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Microtel Inn & Suites Cleveland Streetsboro
9371 State Route 14
Streetsboro, Ohio 44241
(330) 422-1234

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The Winking Lizard Tavern is located in an historic building in the quaint town of Peninsula. Only a couple of blocks in each direction, Peninsula is surrounded by Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This makes stopping at the Winking Lizard Tavern a good idea if you are hiking, biking, or touring the park, and want to eat without venturing too far away. We ate a late lunch at the Winking Lizard Tavern before heading back to Pittsburgh. As it was a Saturday during the fall, we noticed that the Winking Lizard is popular with Ohio State fans. There were many TVs scattered about, all showing the Ohio State game. Luckily, since we’re not Ohio State fans, we were seated in a quiet, enclosed porch area. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

The Winking Lizard Tavern
1615 Main Street
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
(303) 657-2770

Rockne’s Pub

Restaurant

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Rockne’s Pub is part of a restaurant chain in the Cleveland/Akron area. It is what I would consider to be an upscale sports bar, but yet it is a casual place where you can take the family. The large menu at Rockne’s features soup, chili, munchies, munchies meals (which also include fries), salads, sandwiches, burgers, dinner platters, and pasta skillets. You may also enjoy draft and bottled beers, wine, or cocktails with your meal. The prices are reasonable at Rockne’s. Munchies meals range from about $6.99 to $8.99. Salads range from $4.99 for a garden salad to $8.99 for the steak salad. All sandwiches were priced around $6 and include either soup, fries, or another side. Dinner plat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Rockne’s Pub
9406 State Route 14
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
(330) 422-8010

Hale Farm and Village

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Attraction

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Hale Farm and Village is operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society, but is located just a few minutes by car from Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There is an admission charge, but it is well worth it. This is an excellent place to take school-age children. The story of Hale Farm began in 1810, when Jonathan Hale, a farmer from Connecticut, settled in the Cuyahoga Valley with his family. He later built the three-story red brick home that still stands there today. This home is currently under restoration, but it can be toured at set times throughout the day. Tours are included in the admission price, but you must obtain tickets in advance at the visitor center. Hale Farm and Vi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Hale Farm and Village
2686 Oak Hill Road
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Cuyahoga Challenge

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Attraction | "Cuyahoga Valley National Park--Introduction"

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Cuyahoga Valley was made a National Park (from a National Recreation Area) in October 2000. I understand that it didn’t get much press due to the presidential election that year. Cuyahoga Valley National Park combines both scenic beauty and history. The centerpieces of Cuyahoga Valley National Park are The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath trail and the Cuyahoga River. The former was opened in 1827 between Cleveland and Akron and replaced the latter as the primary transportation artery. However, by the 1860s, railroads replaced the canal as the major route for commerce, industry, and travel. Today, about 20 miles of the Towpath trail are preserved within the park. This trail is popular with hikers a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Cuyahoga Challenge
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Cuyahoga Challenge

Attraction | "Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Driving Tour)"

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After stopping at the Happy Days Visitor Center, we found out that we could hike to an area known as The Ledges or we could drive to The Ledges parking lot and take a short walk to the overlook. There was a lot we wanted to see and do that day, so we decided to drive to The Ledges. To get there from the Happy Days Visitor Center, take Route 303 East, turn right onto Akron Cleveland Road, then turn right onto Kendall Park Road, and then you’ll see a sign for The Ledges. This overlook is not to be missed, especially if you visit the park in the fall as we did. From The Ledges, it is just a short drive down the street to Kendall Lake. We enjoyed walking around the lake, which was surrounded by tree...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Cuyahoga Challenge
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio