As the weather warms, UAHS students explore the unique local hiking destinations
By Sari Royer, ‘16
Junior Annie Murray is an avid hiker and attends Camp Akita every year. She also visits the Akita area frequently to go hiking. This waterfall is located on the camp Akita grounds and is known as Rock Stalls. Near Camp Akita is another location for hiking: Hocking Hills. Hocking Hills State Park is located in Hocking County with six different hiking areas. In the northernmost part of Hocking Hills is this spot, Cantwell Cliffs. It is known as “the most picturesque place in Hocking Hills,” according to the official Hocking Hills website. Around the same area is Clear Creek Metro Park, which is a scenic location for canoeing and fishing.
Highbanks Metro Park is a 1,160 acre park located in Delaware County. and on the east bank of the Olentagy River. It is named for a 100- foot bluff that stands over the Olentangy River, creating many different streams throughout the park perfect for canoeing and fishing. In the winter the park also offers sledding and cross country skiing.
Lake Hope State Park
Lake Hope State Park is located in Vinton County, Oh. It is a nearly 3,000 acre park This park offers many features including seven hiking trails and eight biking trails. Fishing, hunting and a 600 -foot swimming beach also make this park a popular spot for visitors.
Cuyahoga National Park
Cuyahoga National park conserves and protects the land along the Cuyahoga River in northeastern Ohio. Visitors enjoy this 20,000-acre park and all of the trails, waterfalls, hills and caves it has to offer.
Chagrin Falls is connected to the Chagrin River in northeastern Ohio. The river is surrounded by forests and natural wildlife. On this river you are able to go white water rafting and fishing.