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WhyNot Adventures Who we are and what we do.
WhyNot Adventures is a social group that in various forms has been sponsoring hiking and outdoor activities of several decades. Our most frequent regularly scheduled activity is hiking on Sunday mornings beginning in October and continuing through April.
As our members have multiple interests including biking, kayaking and camping, these activities are also posted on our site, especially during our non hiking summer season.
Our Sunday Hikes begin at 9:30. Please allow yourself enough travel time to arrive, introduce yourself, and be ready to leave promptly out of consideration for those who have.
We hike rain, snow, or shine throughout the winter and spring, so dress accordingly for the conditions. Our hikes are social events but they are hikes, and though we stop frequently, they are not usually a stroll in the park. It is not always be the case, but depending on conditions, you should expect and be prepared for stream crossings, elevation gains, rough and potentially muddy trails.
Also depending on conditions and the group makeup we may have trail options of distance and difficulty. We stop and regroup during the course of the hike so none are left behind. Always let someone know if you are having difficulty.
Dogs and children who are well behaved and under control so as not to interfere or endanger others are welcome. Park regulations require dogs to be on leash. Leashes for children are optional unless behavior is a problem.
Please come prepared to enjoy the day and your fellow hikers. Many of us go to lunch together at a nearby restaurant following the hike. Food has always an important part of our group activities
Upcoming events (3)See all
- Orienteering Adventure at Camp ManatocCamp Manatoc Scout Reservation, BSA, Peninsula, OH
Get your NEOOC map and search the grounds of Camp Manatoc and the surrounding area for NEOOC controls (might look like red plastic boxes) scattered throughout the land.
This is a Northeast Ohio Orienteering club event.
Sign up, and pay, at their web site: neooc.com/2023-python-adventure-race/
NE Ohio Python Adventure Race - Saturday, September 30th, 2023
This 3- or 10-hour score event features the beautiful land of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! The Headquarters are at Camp Manatoc, SE of Peninsula, Ohio. Mass Start at 10am for 10-hour event! Starts for 3-hour event from 11am to noon.
The Venue combines six existing O maps + connecting land along the Cuyahoga River. Several controls will be found in a corn maze! (On the 10-hour course). 68 Controls total!
A fair number of controls will be set close-in to the Start/Finish area. This is to ensure that beginners or intermediate Orienteers doing the 3-hour course have a successful day at Orienteering (some controls will be easy to find, some a bit harder). But please note that up to 6 people can be on one team and that whole team pays only the $11. So, a pair of hikers could register together for $11, the pair will get one map and one finger stick (an electronic timing device). The teams are expected to stay together on the course.
- Hike Brecksville, 1st Sunday hike of the New Season (w/coffee & snacks !)Harriet Keeler Memorial Picnic Area, Brecksville, OH
HIKE STARTS AT 10 (Not 9:30)
Come at 9 am or so for Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tea, Breakfast Snack & Social Time to start the WhyNot Adventures Sunday Hiking Season (WhyNot?)
Please bring your favorite mug for your beverage. You may bring a breakfast snack to share.
MEET AT THE Harriet Keeler Pavilion (across from the Brecksville Nature Center Parking Lot), We'll start the hike from the pavilion at 10am, heading to the Gorge Overlook trail & West to the gorge scenic overlook, cross Chippewa Creek Drive near the HK Memorial to the Nature Center & then head South.
About 5 miles, a shorter option available
$5.00 YEARLY FEE IS VOLUNTARY AT YOUR INITIAL Whynot Meetup (THIS COVERS THE WEBSITE COST OF $100 EVERY 6 MO)
- Hike the Ledges & Lunch at Sarah's VineyardLedges Shelter, Peninsula, OH
Meet in the Ledges parking lot. We will hike the Ledges Trail & the Pine Grove Trail (5miles). Short version 2.5 miles excludes the Pine Grove Trail.
WE EXPECT GREAT AUTUMN COLORS!
After the hike we will head over to Sarah's Vineyard for lunch.
Ledges Trail Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
The Ledges Trail, an easy 2.2-mile loop through the heart of Cuyahoga Valley’s sandstone cliffs known as the Ritchie Ledges, circles through a cool, moist hemlock forest interspersed with 300-million-year-old Sharon Conglomerate rock formations—compressed, occasionally honeycombed, sedimentary sand with quartz pebbles embedded throughout.
Ice Box Cave, the first of many highlights along the trail, derives its name from the cool, refrigerator-like temperatures encountered within the 50-foot deep cavern. But it is now closed in order to protect the bat population.
Continuing on the loop, there are several opportunities to explore the narrow high-walled crevices of the Ledges—textured, moss-covered stone walls converge together creating slot-like canyons of geologic wonder.
Eventually, if you hike the entire loop, you will come to the Ledges Overlook—the trail gradually ascends to the top of a rock plateau with expansive views of the Cuyahoga Valley, which is especially scenic in the autumn months when the leaves change color.