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What to Do in Ohio: Aug. 24-30

From watching art move in the wind to exploring the trails of southern Ohio, here's what to do this week to embrace the outdoors.


Embrace the Outdoors at Cedar Bog: Filled with a variety of endangered flora and fauna, the 447-acre Cedar Bog Nature Preserve in Champaign County offers a diverse ecosystem. Learn about the area at the Nature Center, then step out for a walk along the 1.2-mile boardwalk to see why it’s been named one of Ohio’s 25 National Natural Landmarks. cedarbognp.org

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums exterior (photo courtesy of Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums)
Go Where Nature and History Meet: Walk the grounds of the wooded estate at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. The former home of our 19th president is named Spiegel Grove, thought to be reflective of the puddles that collect following a storm (spiegel is the German word for mirror). The 25-acre site welcomes visitors for events, exhibitions, educational opportunities and more. rbhayes.org 

Hit the Trails in Southern Ohio: Hiking in Wayne National Forest offers a taste of true adventure. The collection of public lands that blanket the Appalachian foothills of southern Ohio offers a number of trails with varying difficulty. More than 12 miles long, the Symmes Creek Trail and Morgan Sisters Trail Loop are best suited for more seasoned hikers. fs.usda.gov/wayne

Kayak on Portage Lakes (illustration by Diana Bolton)
Kayak the Portage Lakes: Portage Lakes State Park’s eight bodies of water cover 2,300-plus surface acres in Summit County and offer thin, finger-like inlets that are fun to explore via kayak. (You can bring your own or find rentals along the lakes.) If you want to go beyond paddle power, eight public ramps and boat rentals are available. stateparks.com

Watch Art Move at The Dawes Arboretum: Experience the kinetic art of Lyman Whitaker at The Dawes Arboretum. Whitaker is one of the most widely renowned kinetic artists in the world, and these installations dance with the wind. He often takes inspiration for his designs from nature, making the scenic grounds of the Newark arboretum a fitting place to enjoy his art. dawesarb.org
 

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