Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park
Ohio is truly a four-season outdoor experience that can be enjoyed across the state in 74 State Parks, more than 130 State Nature Preserves, metro parks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Whether you prefer a zipline or a hiking stick, a kayak or a mountain bike, adventure awaits in Ohio!
When summer rolls around, Ohio is an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream. Hiking and bicycling trails come to life with flatter trails in northwest Ohio to challenging hills in the Appalachian Foothills of the southeastern region. Ohio is blessed with more than 50 rivers plus creeks and lakes that beckon summer activities including paddle boarding, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, boating, sailing and lazy rafting. Extend your outing with the numerous camping and cabin options around the state along with camper and RV sites.
As the leaves change from green to brilliant hues of red, gold and orange from September through early November, visitors will use all manner of recreational transportation to enjoy the fall foliage season so book early for a choice cabin. Ohio State Parks provide 21 disc golf courses that are popular for all ages from summer through fall.
When the temperature dips and snowflakes fly, the sleds and toboggans come out! Cleveland Metroparks runs two 700-foot refrigerated toboggan chutes that don’t require any snow at all. Five ski resorts around the state offer downhill skiing and tubing, while many Ohio State Parks and metroparks have areas reserved for cross-country skiing. Along Lake Erie, when the deep freeze sets in, fishermen can’t wait to get out and drop a line from an ice fishing chanty.
Spring is heralded in Ohio by the first wildflowers such as snow trilliums peaking their heads up above the forest floor. At the same time, snow melt and spring rains feed waterfalls creating scenes you will want to capture and remember for a lifetime. Then the show goes to the birds! Birders head toward Lake Erie for the spring migration. The lakeshore is a primary staging point for all types of birds including colorful warblers that will stop and fuel up before heading across Lake Erie. Typically, Mother’s Day marks the high-point of Ohio’s migration pattern.
Last, but certainly not least, Ohio is a hunter’s dream with trophy whitetail bucks, squirrel, dove, rabbits, wild turkey, geese, ducks and more all in their respective seasons.