Category Archives: Parks

“Bike Aboard!” on the Towpath Trail

“Bike Aboard!” is a program offered by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad where bikers riding the Towpath Trail through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park can catch the train one way for three dollars. Early in the summer Aryn and I had been trying for several weeks to make this trip and mid July we finally had a break in the weather and schedules that made it possible. We started later in the afternoon and the original plan was to bike 26 miles from Rockside Road to the Akron North train station where we would catch the last train of the day back to our car. My warning to her was the 26 mile ride immediately becomes a 52 mile ride if we miss that train. She did not seem to mind but I was not too excited about this prospect and our time was tight.

Arriving we found the Lock 39 parking lot on the south side of Rockside Road was packed but the lot on the Northwest corner of Continue reading “Bike Aboard!” on the Towpath Trail

Biking the North Chagrin Reservation

The blog is named Walk ~ Pedal ~ Paddle and by the looks of it I have not done much pedaling.  Truth be told, I’m out frequently but 99% of the time I’m either riding around the streets of Painesville or riding the Greenway Corridor from Painesville to Concord.  Part of the reason is the wife recently Continue reading Biking the North Chagrin Reservation

Kayaking Grand River – Mason’s Landing to Grand River Landing

Saturday June 28 Scott and I kayaked the Grand River from Mason’s Landing to Grand River Landing through Painesville, Ohio.  There are three distinct personalities to the river through Painesville.   The first section from Mason’s Landing to Helen Hazen Wyman park has a Continue reading Kayaking Grand River – Mason’s Landing to Grand River Landing

An Evening Kayaking at Fairport Lakefront Park

It was Memorial Day around 6 PM and Scott and I were looking for somewhere to Kayak.  We were considering Grand River Landing, Mentor Lagoons and F airport Lakefront Park.  It was a bit windy earlier in the day so we were concerned that Lake Erie may be a bit rough so Continue reading An Evening Kayaking at Fairport Lakefront Park

Sunday Afternoon Kayak

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon with the temperatures in the mid 60’s.  My daughter and I decided to take a quick kayaking trip on the Grand River in Painesville.  To stay close to home we were debating between Grand River Landing or Mentor Lagoons.  We chose Grand River Landing as it was closer and our time was limited.

We had three or four waves of storms Continue reading Sunday Afternoon Kayak

Nelson Ledges State Park

For some reason my daughters track coach likes to schedule meets that are a long distance away from home. About a month ago the meet was over an hour and forty five minutes away from and not wanting to waste that drive I had talked the family into stopping for a day hike at Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park located in Nelson Township, Ohio.

This park sits on the dividing line between the great lakes and the Mississippi watersheds but what really makes this park interesting are the Continue reading Nelson Ledges State Park