Each month, we have a company-wide meeting to touch base with in-office and off-site team members, as well as go over the month ahead and any timely issues. These meetings are usually held either in the office or at a restaurant nearby, but for a recent monthly meeting, we decided to mix it up.
Dave Balser and the JD Edwards team decided to host a monthly meeting at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in order to learn more about all that the park has to offer.
“A lot of people don’t know that there’s a national park in the Cleveland area, and the monthly meeting was a good format to get people exposed to it,” Dave said of his choice.
Our team heard from John Debo, the Chief Development Officer for the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and former CVNP superintendent. He talked about the history of the park, how it got started, and various ways to get involved with the park, either through volunteering or participating in activities.
If you’re in the Cleveland area and are looking for a way to experience this often-overlooked treasure, here are ten ways to experience Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Top 10 Ways to Experience Cuyahoga Valley National Park
1. Ledges Trail
Ledges Trail is a 2.2-mile loop through the Cuyahoga Valley that features a scenic overlook. The trail circles around the forest where you can enjoy the Sharon Conglomerate rock formations. This hike is a must-see if you are in the area or visiting from out of town.
2. Scenic and Seasonal Train Rides
With the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad you can plan an excursion with one of their fantastic events. Two train rides suggested by John Debo are the Polar Express ride, where passengers enjoy a visit to the North Pole, and any of the many Scenic Winter Excursion that allow riders the chance to explore Peninsula's shops and restaurants.
A Briteskies-approved CVSR excursion is the Ales on Rails event!
3. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trails
The Towpath Trail runs along the Boston Store visitor center in Peninsula. On the trail, you can access several of the natural and historical sites within the park.
4. Music and Art in the Valley
CVNP presents a selection of music and arts throughout the year. They are currently celebrating the Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Series of concerts in the valley.
5. Earth Caching
A form of geocaching, Earth Caching is a hunt for treasures that come from the Earth, as opposed to those hidden by humans.
6. Star Viewing
Astronomy in the Park is an amazing way to view the skies. Bring your binoculars or small telescope on a clear night and you will be amazed by the views in the sky.
7. Winter Sports
Sledding, hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing are just a few of the activities offered throughout the park during the winter months.
Questing is similar to geocaching, except no GPS is needed. Instead, you follow clues in the quest of a hidden treasure. Start your quest on one of the 40 different adventures offered in the Ohio and Erie Canalway.
9. Horse Trails
The Cuyahoga Valley offers a variety of Bridle Trails so that you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes on horseback. This is a BYOH (bring your own horse) activity.
10. Kayaking and Canoeing
Although you will have to wait a few months for warmer weather, kayaking and canoeing are two fun adventures to try on the Cuyahoga River. Remember safety first, and check for park alerts that may affect your plans.
These are only ten of the many fun and exciting things to do at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Check out their website to learn more.