We can’t take all the credit for how awesome Ohio is. After all, there are plenty of natural wonders that the locals and the visitors enjoy. Here are some of them you might want to take a look at if the opportunity presents itself.
Ohio CavernsThe largest cave system in Ohio features the Crystal King. No, this is not an epic fantasy villain, but one of the biggest and perfectly formed stalactites in the world. The Caverns were discovered in 1897 by accident after a resident named Abraham William Reams discovered a sinkhole near his property that kept growing. A farmhand, Robert Noffsinger, started digging there at his employer’s behest and discovered the network of tunnels.
Brandywine Creek drops into an astounding waterfall called Brandywine Falls. The waterfall is huge, but that is not the most impressive thing about the location. The rock formation tells the story of millions of years of natural history through different types of soil. You can access it by a hiking trail or by a parking lot, though the latter takes away some of the wonder.
There are several places in the world where the ecosystem seems closed to outsiders and features several plant and animal species that can be very rarely found anywhere else. Oak Openings is one such place. The Metropark is located in Swanton, near Toledo.
Old Man’s Cave
I’m not into larping, but this seems like a good location for it. Hikers from around the world yearn for walking along the paths that lead to Old Man’s Cave in Logan (not that Logan). Though the trail is just a mile long, it takes about an hour to complete.
Lake Erie Bluffs
As this beachfront is underdeveloped, it is home to some rare plant and animal species. It would be wrong to say that the location is untouched, as there are now restrooms and parking lots and people enjoy it because of hiking and fishing, it is still substantially away from it all to make you get away from civilization.
The Rockbridge State Nature Preserve
This is a nature preserve with a natural bridge in Hocking County. The natural bridge is the largest in the area and possibly the state of Ohio, with a length of 30 feet, a width that allows three people to walk side-by-side without difficulties, and it is solid enough for the average American weight. The significance of the bridge can be seen by the name of the local community – Rockbridge.
The tourist cave is a Registered Natural Landmark and was discovered in 1872 by two boys. It was named Good’s Cave at the time. It features a network of tunnels and passageways, some of which lead to Ole’ Mist’ry River.
Last, but not least, on my list is the Glacial Grooves, created by the giant glacier that formed the Lake Erie islands. As the grooves provide information about the way the glacier moves, this site is considered very important by scientists.