Conneaut is located on the shore of Lake Erie in northeastern Ohio. Lake Erie is the fourth largest (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes. Only Lake Ontario is smaller. However, by water volume, Lake Erie is the smallest since it is the most shallow. We were parked at the Evergreen Lake Park just off Interstate 90 on the south side of Conneaut.
On our drive from Hocking Hills to Akron, we stopped in Canton in order to check out the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Like me, you may ask, why is the Pro Football Hall of Fame located in Canton, OH? The primary reason is that the American Professional Football Association, which later became the National Football League, was founded in Canton in 1920. In addition, the Canton Bulldogs were an early pro-football power team. If you’re a fan of professional football, it’s worth taking the time to visit.
Hocking Hills State Park is located about 60 miles southeast of Columbus, OH. It is a series of non-contiguous natural areas, many of which are beautiful alcoves and overhangs carved into shale and sandstone. The result is impressive waterfalls, gorges and vistas. We camped at the Top O’ The Caves campground. From there we were able to hike to Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and to the most popular spot in Hocking Hills, Old Man’s Cave.
We stayed in an area on the north side of Cincinnati called Winton Woods, specifically in the Winton Woods County Park. It’s a beautiful park with a large lake, large forested areas and ample walking/biking paths. The campground here was very nice, too.
We spent one day exploring a little bit of downtown Cincinnati, mostly around the Riverfront area. With the Bengal’s Paul Brown Stadium on one side and the Cincinnati Red’s Great American Ball Park on the other, the Smale Riverfront Park is a very inviting outdoor space for all ages. From the park you can also access the remarkable John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge which spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, KY. When this beautiful bridge was opened in 1866, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge at 1,057 feet. The next project for the designer of this bridge, John A. Roebling was the Brooklyn Bridge.
Next stop: Hocking Hills State Park