Fishing at Camp HiYo

The surrounding areas of Camp HiYo are an outdoor playground full of natural beauty and interesting things to do. When you’re feeling frisky and want to venture away from Camp HiYo for a spell, here are some great options.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Located only 37 miles from Camp HiYo, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is an oasis of relaxation surrounded by gorgeous flora and fauna. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is free to visit, has more than 125 miles of hiking trails, and can be enjoyed year-round.

Visit the iconic Brandywine Falls, a 65-foot waterfall that can be viewed from a nice boardwalk.

Hike around the Virginia Kendall Ledges. The Ledges Trail is just about 2 miles long, and takes you around sandstone ledges and up to an overlook that’s great for sunset. Ride a bike on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Start and end in Peninsula, where you can grab a meal at the Winking Lizard after your ride.

There are over 100 hiking trails and biking trails ripe for exploration. We suggest you also visit Brandywine Falls; you can bike there, or you can ride the scenic railroad.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

If you are looking for some educational yet cheap activities near Camp HiYo, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village is the place to go. When it comes to educational yet fun activities, you can’t go wrong with a planetarium! Throw in some interactive experiences with animals, and you’ve got a fun yet productive day trip with the kids.

Lake Metroparks Farm Park

This is a great destination for a quick family excursion outside of Cleveland. Farm parks are a great way to expose children to adorable animals and fresh air. It’s also a great opportunity to show them a different lifestyle outside of the city.

This small farm park celebrates country life so it’s a great place to visit for some good old-fashioned farm life. The little ones will be delighted to pet the farmhouse animals. Also, the farm park offers numerous displays that will enchant both children and adults, starting with an amazing quilt show.

Visit Amish Country

While the Amish country in Ohio includes several towns, Millersburg is the main destination for first-time visitors. It is one of the most authentic places to see in the area. We all feel the negative effects of technology sometimes. and what better way is there to take off this burden than by visiting Amish Country?

It is home to numerous cultural and historical things of interest, creative DIY workshops, live performances, and numerous family-friendly adventures. Ohio’s Amish Country is a popular spot for people from all over the world to visit, due to the fact that we have the world’s largest Amish and Mennonite community.

Visit the Amish & Mennonite Heritage/Behalt Center and/or Yoder’s Amish Home to learn more about this unique community. Explore the small towns of Millersburg, Berlin, and Charm (yes, its name really is Charm!) Take it slow and enjoy shopping and eating, along with the scenic drives.

Almost every road in Holmes County is designated as a National Scenic Byway.

You can also pair up a visit to Ohio Amish Country with a visit to Mohican State Park, which has a river great for canoeing, hiking trails, and a popular mountain biking trail.


Located on the shores of Lake Erie in Ashtabula County, Geneva-on-the-Lake bills itself as “Ohio’s first summer resort” and makes for a great getaway either for the day or for a weekend.

Go wine tasting. Geneva-on-the-Lake is right in the heart of Ohio’s wine country. The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake even has a Wine Shuttle that does tours. Enjoy Geneva State Park, which has a sandy beach and hiking trails. Stop at Eddie’s Grill for a burger or hot dog; it’s a Geneva-on-the-Lake Strip tradition!

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