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Cuyahoga Valley National Park- Cuyahoga Valley National Park, located between Cleveland and Akron, features a wide variety of natural, cultural, and historical resources. Visitors enjoy picnicking, hiking, bike trails, bridle trails, winter sports, golf, fishing, and ranger-guided programs.
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park- The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park was established in Dayton, Ohio to preserve the area's aviation heritage associated with Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Site- Finely crafted artifacts of the Hopewell Culture (200 B.C. to A.D. 500) show that highly skilled artisans used an extensive trade network east of the Rocky Mountains.
James A. Garfield National Historic Site- This site preserves property associated with the life of the 20th President. The site is currently managed by a private organization and is open to the public.
Perry's Victory & Int'l Peace Memorial- This International Peace Memorial is the only one of its kind within the National Park Service.
Wayne National Forest- The Wayne National Forest is located in southeastern Ohio. It covers an area of rolling Appalachian foothills, is accessible from many nearby population centers and offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.
William Howard Taft National Historic Site- William Howard Taft, the only person to serve as both President (1909-13) and Chief Justice of the United States (1921-30), was born and raised in this restored home.

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Statue honoring the CCC workers
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Description - Among the federally administrated sites in Ohio, one of the newest is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "Ka-ih-ohg-ha" American Indians called it - crooked. And crooked it is, as it twists and turns through its short 100 miles. The Cuyahoga River begins 30 miles east of its mouth in Cleveland and flows in a great "U" along the base of the escarpment on which the city of Akron sits.

Three exceptional men are remembered at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park - Wilbur Write, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park explains occurrences from about 200 BC to AD 500 in the Ohio River Valley. The most striking Hopewell site contain earthworks in the form of squares, circles, and other geometric shapes.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site preserves the property associated with the 20th President of the United States.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial depicts the events from September 10, 1813, when Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry defeated and captured a British squadron of warships at the Battle of Lake Erie. The battle, fought during the War of 1812, secured control of Lake Erie for the United States and enabled General William Henry Harrison to conduct a successful invasion of Western Upper Canada.

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site commemorates the only man to serve as President and Chief Justice of the United States. The house that Taft was born in has been restored to its original appearance.

And lastly, The Wayne National Forest covers an area of rolling Appalachian foothills where visitors enjoy a wide range of outdoor pursuits including hiking, hunting, picnicking, camping, and fishing.

Attractions - Recreational and educational opportunities abound at Ohio's national forests and parks. Two outdoor favorites are Wayne National Forest and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Wayne National Forest is comprised of over 160,000 acres of rolling wooded hills in southeast Ohio. Cuyahoga Valley preserves 33,000 acres along 22 miles of crooked river between Cleveland and Akron.

Steeped in prehistoric history, Native American history, and other significant events spanning two centuries, Ohio's national monuments and historic sites enlighten and educate visitors of all ages and abilities.

Recreation - Hiking, horseback, mountain bike, and ORV riding trails, hunting, nature study, camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, viewing historic sites, guided tours, and scenic drives are all available within Ohio's national forests and parks.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - All travel regions, with the exception of Central Ohio, boast a national park, national forest, or national monument.

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Wayne National Forest, 13700 U.S. Highway 33 , Nelsonville, OH, 45764, Phone: 740-753-0101, Fax: 740-753-0118
, r9_wayne_website@fs.fed.us

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Ohio - This large mid eastern state lies on the southern shore of Lake Erie and immediately west of Pennsylvania. This is a predominantly rural state with population centers in the northeast, central and southwestern regions.

National Park Service - Official agency website.
Wayne National Forest - Official agency website.


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