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Now that the weather is changing, the trails are becoming muddy and slippery. Boots with good traction are required for the hike. Rocks are everywhere on this hike and run along the ledges. The rocks may be slippery and can be loose. HIKES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER BECOMING MORE AND MORE UNPREDICTABLE.
We will meet at the Octagon Shelter.
The Ledges Trail is literally moments off State Route 8. If you've never explored northeastern Ohio, this is "must-do" trail. Characterized by an environment found in Canada, yellow birch trees and eastern hemlocks carry you into another world where huge Sharon Conglomerate stone cliffs, fern covered ledges, and cool dripping springs envelope the senses. A special feature along the trail includes the Ice Box Cave where temperatures dip at least 20 degrees. Several resting benches offer a chance to enjoy the splendid, refreshing microclimate that is also enjoyed by the seldom seen but often heard Scarlet Tanagers. Other woodland birds spotted at The Ledges include wood thrushes, pileated woodpeckers, flycatchers, and warblers.
Length: 1.75 miles.
Duration: 2 hours.
Difficulty: easy to moderate (rocks stick out and can be slippery)
Accessibility: no (stairs,slopes, some mud, even during dry periods)
Directions from Hudson, OH: Travel State Route 303 out of Hudson turning south (left) onto SR 8 / Akron-Cleveland Road. Take SR 8 less than a mile turning right (west) onto Truxell / Kendall Park Road. You'll see a large RV dealer located on the east side of SR 8. You'll head west! Travel about half a mile to The Ledges and about a quarter mile further to reach Octagon Picnic Area.
Directions from Peninsula, OH: Travel south along Akron Peninsula Road about a mile turning left (east) onto Truxell / Kendall Park Road. Go about 1.5 miles to reach Octagon Picnic Area and another quarter mile to reach The Ledges.
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