Ohio – Buckeye State

By | July 5, 2022

South of the Great Lakes

The US state of Ohio is located in the Northeast of the USA on the ” Great Lakes “. Ohio is one of the states in the Midwest of the USA. The state border with Canada runs across Lake Erie north of mainland Ohio. The capital and at the same time the largest city of Ohio is Columbus. The US state on the “Great Lakes” is a fairly flat state; higher mountains are not to be found there. The state on the lakes is heavily influenced by agriculture and is nicknamed Buckeye State. But there is also industry, primarily for processing the agricultural products produced.

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Cleveland – Detroit Superior Bridge am Cuyahoga River


Cleveland - Detroit Superior Bridge am Cuyahoga River

Before white settlement, the land between the Ohio River and Lake Erie was the last refuge of numerous Native American peoples. The name “Ohio” comes from the Seneca Indians and means something like “beautiful river”. Almost no Indians live in Ohio today.

Battle for the fertile land

After the arrival of the first European settlers, the natives lived relatively peacefully with the newcomers, with mutual respect. However, the oppression of the Indians increased, which finally culminated in the decades-long Indian Wars from around the middle of the 18th century.

Common sight at harvest time in Ohio – corn harvest

The Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, tried to unite the Indian peoples in the fight against the “whites”. However, this failed. The tribes were at odds with each other and refused to unite. The end is known.

Ohio attractions

  • Armstrong Air & Space Museum
  • Basket Building – Newark
  • Campus Martius
  • Cedar Point
  • Cleveland Browns Stadium
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Columbus Crew Stadium
  • Cuyahoga River
  • Fort Meigs
  • Great American Ball Park
  • Great Serpent Mound
  • Kings Island
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Myra’s Dionysis in Cincinnati
  • National Museum US Air Force
  • Nationwide Arena
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Ohio Statehouse
  • Paul Brown Stadium
  • Playhouse Square
  • Pro Football – Hall of Fame
  • Progressive Field
  • Quicken Loans Arena
  • Sauder Village
  • Serpent Mound
  • Terminal Tower – Cleveland
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • Top Thrill Dragster
  • Nat. Underground Railroad Freedom Ctr.
  • Ohio State Reformatory Mansfield
  • Perry’s Victory & Intern. Peace Memorial
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Culture, leisure and a national park

Ohio has many places of historical interest that commemorate the American wars and their significance. Many of the past US Presidents were born in Ohio. There are countless recreational activities available throughout the state. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, hunting, fishing, boating, camping and golfing are all included.

Upper Falls an der Old Man’s Cave – Hocking Hills State Park

A highlight in Ohio is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The national park with its extensive wetlands is crossed by the Cuyahoga River. In the past, the Cuyahoga River was heavily polluted by industry, agriculture and other waste. Today, however, the condition, the cleanliness of the water, has greatly improved.

Historically interesting areas in Ohio

  • Pike County – Eager Inn
  • Noble County
  • Trumbull County
  • Licking County – Newark Earthworks
  • Tuscarawas County – Craftsmanship
  • Defiance County

National Park in Ohio

  • Cuyahoga Valley

Biggest Cities in Ohio

  • Columbus
  • Cleveland
  • Cincinnati
  • Toledo

See Countryaah for more cities in the state of Ohio.

Regions in Ohio

  • The Hocking Hills
  • Amish Country
  • Mohican Country
  • Region am Lake Erie

Map of Ohio – USA

Ohio USA map. Ohio is assigned to the Midwest of the USA, geographically the US state is located in the region south of the Great Lakes on Lake Erie. The map shows the neighboring countries, the country’s largest cities, the country’s rivers and lakes, as well as the course of the highways and the most important transport links. The area of ​​Ohio is 116,096 km². Columbus is the capital of the US state of Ohio. Currently in 2019 about 11.7 million people live in Ohio on Lake Erie.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio – USA

Once a sewer – today a treasure of nature

The Cuyahoga River, which is only 137 km long, is the namesake of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the strongly meandering Cuyahoga River flowing in northeast Ohio, which crosses through the Cuyahoga Valley and thus also the protected area to finally flow into Lake Erie. The Cuyahoga River flows through the Cuyahoga Valley for about 35 kilometers. The Cuyahoga River was once extremely polluted by the numerous industrial plants along the river in the city areas. Environmental protection did not play a role at that time. Today the general condition of the Cuyahoga River has greatly improved.

Stream in the deciduous forests of the Cuyahoga Valley with morning haze

Traveling with the steam train

A particular highlight in the national park is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The historical railway crosses the national park every day with several stops to get on or off. A restored steam locomotive has been used as the traction engine since 2011. The tourist traveling with you can comfortably admire the beautiful and varied nature in the Cuyahoga Valley from the train. Another highlight of the national park are the archaeological sites, which deal with the heritage of the Native Americans of the region.

Sights in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

There are also some historical buildings worth seeing in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The 1830’s Boston Store House is of particular note alongside the 1870’s Canal Exploration Center and the Wilson Freed Mill – a water powered mill dating back to 1855. A natural highlight of the protected area is the Brandywine Falls waterfall . From a height of almost 20 meters, the water of Brandywine Creek pours and falls down the rocky slope. There is a viewing platform on the shore to study the waterfall up close. Overall, the national park is to be regarded as very rich in water. Therefore, there are some historic, water-powered mills to discover in the region. The covered wooden bridges in the region from the 19th century are beautiful to look at.

Wooden walkway leading to Brandywine Falls

Animals and plants in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The flora and fauna in the protected area is extremely lush and diverse. About 200 species of birds have been recorded breeding in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In addition, over 900 plant species thrive in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are also found in large numbers in the sanctuary.

Leisure activities in the national park

Within the national park itself, visitors can enjoy fishing, horseback riding, hiking, canoeing or kayaking, wildlife viewing, biking, and in the winter, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. There are good and plentiful opportunities for a leisurely picnic in the sanctuary. Located near the “Great Lakes”, Cuyahoga Valley National Park usually only experiences light frosts down to -5 degrees Celsius in winter.

Covered Bridge – Everett Road Covered Bridge – over Furnace Run

In summer, the climate in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is usually pleasant at up to +25° Celsius. Interesting exhibitions are regularly offered in the visitor center of the national park. Park ranger-led tours of Ohio’s protected area depart from the Visitor Center.

Camping in the national park

In the Cuyahoga Valley National Park there are five very simply designed campsites available. Camping, backcountry camping, in the backcountry of the national park is permitted. This is often used by numerous backpackers, known as backpackers. Park visitors will find campsites with more comfort just outside the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Finding accommodation around the national park is not a problem.

Towpath Trail

Hiking, on foot or by bike, along the Towpath Trail in the national park is particularly popular with the millions of visitors every year. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has a lot to offer both culturally and in terms of nature. The numerous meadows in the reserve are covered with countless wild flowers and herbs in spring and summer. There are numerous impressive waterfalls to discover in the water-rich national park. In the fall, millions of monarch butterflies cross the region to make their way south to Mexico to escape cold death in Canada.