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Weekend Visit in Cuyahoga County, Ohio: Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Post #2)

Our second stop in Cuyahoga Valley National Park was at Brandywine Falls which, at 65 feet high, is one of Ohio’s highest waterfalls.  A boardwalk takes you to upper and lower observation platforms.

A portion of the boardwalk winds around big rocks.

To reach the lower observation deck, we had to walk down 110 steps.

To reach the lower observation deck, we had to walk down 110 steps.

There hasn’t been much rainfall, so there is very little falling water.    I very much want to return to the park to see the water rushing over the rocks!

Brandywine Falls

I took this photograph of the falls from the upper observation platform.  Isn’t the silky smooth appearance of the falling water pretty?

If you missed our first stop in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, you will find information about that stop here.  I will share photographs from our third stop in my next blog post.

Weekend Visit in Cuyahoga County, Ohio: Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Post #1)

On Saturday, after a complimentary hot breakfast at our hotel, we drove to Cuyahoga Valley National Park.   The park spans two Ohio counties: Cuyahoga County and Summit County.  Cuyahoga County is in the Cleveland Metropolitan area; Summit County is in the Akron Metropolitan area .

Our first stop in Cuyahoga Valley National Park was at the Boston Store Visitor Center, where we picked up a map of the park and viewed exhibits that told us the story of canal boat building in the Cuyahoga Valley.

Boston Store Visitor Center
See Bob sitting in the rocking chair on the porch?
He is checking out the map of the park that we picked up inside the Visitor Center.

Boston Store Visitor Center exhibit

Boston Store Visitor Center exhibit

Weekend Visit in Cuyahoga County, Ohio: First Day

Our weekend visit  to Ohio was precipitated by a travelzoo.com email that I received on July 16.  One of the Travel Zoo offers was for lodging and meals at The Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  We didn’t take advantage of the travelzoo.com offer; however, photographs of the picturesque village of Chagrin Falls  piqued my interest for weekend travel.   After a little bit of research, I decided that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park looked interesting too.  Bob and I made plans for travel to Cuyahoga County for the weekend of August 3.

We arrived at the Clarion Hotel in Beachwood, Ohio, on Friday, August 3, at approximately 4:00 PM.  Choice Privileges membership has its rewards.  In addition to receiving points for each stay, which when accumulated can be used for free nights at Choice Privileges hotels, some hotels give us a welcome package upon check-in.

welcome

With the exception of eating dinner at a nearby TGI Friday’s Restaurant, we spent Friday relaxing in our hotel room.

Stay tuned.  Throughout this week I will share photographs from our weekend visit to Ohio.

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