1. Pack for the weather
Ohio is part of the Midwest and can experience a large range of weather patterns. Pack gear like rain jackets or rain pants since it can be drizzly any time of the year.
In the summer, pack cool weather clothes but be prepared for cooler nighttime temperatures.
2. Keep your dog under control
Keep your dog under control. Most of the sites and parks in the area in and around Cuyahoga Valley National park allow pets. Many people enjoy bringing their dogs with them to the parks.
However, it is best to use a dog harness and keep them on a leash that is six feet or less.
3. Get creative with your locations
Since there are no campgrounds in the National Park, you might need to get creative with your camping locations.
Many landowners in the area have begun to set up campsites so that more people can enjoy the scenery. It is simply a matter of finding these sites.
4. Dress in layers
Dressing in layers is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the daily change in temperatures. You can wear hiking shorts under your pants, or a sweater over a T-shirt.
5. Reserve ahead of time
Since there are not too many large-scale options for campers, it is best to come to the area prepared.
Reserve your campgrounds ahead of time to get a guarantee of a place to stay.
6. Pack your swimsuit
This area in the north of Ohio is well-known for its beautiful lakes and rivers. Pack your swimsuit so that you are ready to leap into refreshing waters after a day of hiking.
7. Watch out for snakes
Ohio plays host to more than 25 species of snakes. Most of these are harmless, although they can still bite. They would often prefer to slither away. However, there are three poisonous snakes in-state, and it is best to know what they look like and avoid them. These three include the Northern Copperhead, Eastern Massasauga, and Timber Rattlesnake.
Amanda Williams is a writer, plant-nerd, and outdoor enthusiast. She has traveled extensively, around the U.S., throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Everywhere she treks, she takes time to enjoy the outdoors. John Muir is her hero. She aspires to inspire people to live better as he did.