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Spring and summer at our favorite Ohio State Parks!

June 20, 2011

Todd and I have been busy traveling with our camper and hiking to our favorite state parks in Ohio that includes; John Bryan, Caesar Creek, Hocking Hills, and Glen Helen. What is so surprising about these parks is that Ohio received a large amount of rainfall this spring and continues to receive regular rainfall that allows for the rivers and waterfalls to overflow.

My advice for budding photographers is to get out early or state late in order to get the best light and the parks are typically not as crowded. We visited Hocking Hills State Park and stayed from Memorial Day to Thursday of that week and we pretty much had the park to ourselves.

The hike we took at Hocking Hills State Park was very impressive considering the first time we visited there were no waterfalls and not much water either.  We got up early for a hike near Rose Lake and Old Man’s Cave around 6 in the morning and continued to hike and take photos till about 830 in the morning. It was well worth it and I even got snorted at by a deer!

Caesar Creek was also beautiful, but the lake was so high that you could not visit the shore area it was completely covered by water!  We did manage to get some wonderful sunset shots of the lake near the boat landing by the camping area.

Finally, we had an evening visit to Glen Helen and everywhere you looked was a beautiful waterfall or series of waterfalls. Take the time to visit in the summer since it stays lighter longer.  Definitely visit these state parks I have mentioned if you live locally since they are close and provide so much variety for campers and hikers alike.

We are hoping to visit a camping area near Lake Erie so I will update about that soon!

Have fun hiking and camping this summer in Ohio State Parks!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 17, 2012 9:23 pm

    Sounds like fun. Your photos are awesome!

  2. Julie Andel permalink*
    July 31, 2012 7:21 pm

    Thanks, Andy!

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