my cvnp year
In fall 2017 I completed my goal of hiking all of the trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park within a year. I set that goal the day I turned 45 years old and completed it the night before turning 46.
Inspired by the extensive Trail Guide created by the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council I spent the year hiking my way through the beautiful terrain of CVNP as described in its pages. I fell in love with every mile during hikes that took me through marsh and meadow, towering stands of old growth trees, wildflowers and streams. I experienced each season throughout my 90+ hikes totaling 280 miles. I managed short loop trails in the small window of time during which all four of my children were at school and spent long weekend days logging dozens of miles. I discovered more about myself than I ever anticipated and found that on days I wasn’t in the national park I longed to be.
By the time I finished my goal — with a two-day, 46 mile traverse of the portion of Buckeye Trail within CVNP— I realized I was forever connected to the incredible Cuyahoga Valley and the amazing people I met along my journey. I also felt I’d finally earned the trail name Coyote.
Maybe you are feeling the nudge to pursue a goal that seems just wild enough to be right. If it involves hiking CVNP stop by Trail Mix to pick up your own copy of the Trail Guide - and discover dozens of amazing places to explore.
Just make sure to tell them that Coyote sent you.