Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal
As an Ohio resident, I've been to this park more than once. On this particular day, I decided to head up because I knew it was peak fall colors and it would be a beautiful place to try out a used camera lens I bought. I was not disappointed. I went up here hoping to spot beaver, and even though I was unsuccessful I did manage to see some wildlife.
I personally think the fall is the best time to visit this park. The colors are astonishing. There are also some nice restaurants and bars located within the park and the bike trails are fantastic, especially if you like mountain biking. I've been told the train ride through the park is awesome as well and if you watch you might spot a bald eagle or two.