It’s time once again for our annual highlights article, so without further ado, the highlights of TrekOhio 2015:
Deb: I took the photo below while hiking in the Hocking Hills at Winter’s End.
Bob: My favorite photo for the year was a picture of Deb in front of Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek State Park.
Best Hike of the Year
Deb: My favorite hike was Canby’s Mountain Lover Trail and Keyhole Arch at Fort Hill. Passing through the keyhole was a great way to start the hike. We had no idea what lay ahead until we exited the arch.
Bob: I enjoyed our fall hike at Shawnee State Forest on the new segment of the day hike trail and the white connector trail. The prior hike at Shawnee had been very strenuous and I was barely able to complete it. After losing 40 lbs, I had more stamina and energy and found the hike much more enjoyable.
Deb: While hiking in Zaleski State Forest, I believe that I saw two cinnamon-colored black bears at a distance. Since they were departing the area, I only got to see their behinds. And no, I didn’t get to take a photo (which brings to mind the saying, “Pictures, or it didn’t happen!”) However, if it did happen, it would have looked a lot like the photo below.
Deb: Pink Lady Slipper photographed at Wahkeena Nature Preserve. Featured in Deb’s Spring Wildflowers 2015.
Bob: The flower of the Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Best Meal at a Park
Most Hidden Preserve
Deb: The vista at the end of Buzzardroost Trail at the Edge of Appalachia.
Bob: I’d have to pick Seneca Rocks – which is in West Virginia. For Ohio, I’d pick also pick the vista on the Buzzardroost Trail.
See Ohio’s Scenic Overlooks for a list of Ohio’s overlooks that we’ve visited.
Deb: Blue Hen Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Although there’s obviously a trail to the falls, from the observation area it looks like it’s hidden in the forest.
Bob: Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Both of the above photos were from our post, Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Brandywine, Blue Hen, and Buttermilk Waterfalls.
We have also compiled a list of Ohio waterfalls that we’ve visited in the post, Waterfalls!!!
Deb: Although we visited several wonderful prairies this past year, I picked Milford Center Prairie State Natural Area because we were there during peak bloom, and because it is so close to a major urban area (Columbus).
Best Geological Feature
Web Site Milestones
The past year has been one of dramatic growth for TrekOhio. Here’s a few statistics about our site:
- Visitors to site in past year: 491,973
- Page views in past year: 778,711
- Likes on Facebook: 2,672
- Most viewed article: Snake Species of Ohio at a Glance
- Most viewed park / preserve review: Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
We’re very proud of our Ohio park / preserve guide (choose from the tab at the page top) which is organized by region and county now lists over 900 sites around the state. This year we opened the TrekOhio store which offers calendars, mugs, T-shirts, and other TrekOhio gear. I’d also like to remind readers that we are an Amazon affiliate and feature outdoor related items on our page.
We’d like to take a moment to thank the park and preserve professionals and volunteers. Without you we wouldn’t have the wonderful Ohio parks and preserves to visit. We’d like to also thank our readers, without you there’d be no point writing for this site. Have a great 2016 and keep on trekking!
P.S. Check our Ohio Winter Hike Calendar to find organized winter hikes in your area.