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September
24

12 Colorful Places to See Fall Foliage in Northeast Ohio

While Vermont and New Hampshire might get more national attention for their beautiful displays of fall foliage, residents of Northeast Ohio know that our autumn colors are just as breathtaking. Our slice of paradise is bursting with sprawling parkland, sparkling lakes, wooded roadways and trails where you can get a taste of our seasonal beauty—you just have to know where to go.

We rounded up 12 of our favorite places to see fall foliage in the area—including some parks, waterfalls and covered bridges—so grab your camera and get ready to fall in love with Ohio all over again!

Note: Most of Ohio's best fall colors occur in the middle of October, but you can still see some leaves changing all throughout September. For the most accurate prediction, check out this fall foliage map from the Smoky Mountains National Park website.

 

Ashtabula County

Fall Foliage NE Ohio

Photo courtesy of Richard McBride via the Ashtabula Covered Bridge Festival

Nestled in the extreme northeast corner of Ohio, Ashtabula County is chock full of stunning places to view fall leaves, due to its dense deciduous forests and sparse population. For the best views, drive south on State Road 534 from Geneva to Windsor, where you'll be treated to miles and miles of vineyards as well as two of the county's 19 covered bridges. We recommend visiting on the second weekend of October when the Ashtabula County hosts their annual Covered Bridge Festival—full of entertainment, rides, games and a festive parade!

 

Bedford Reservation

The Bedford Reservation, nestled just above the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Bedford, features a deep gorge carved out by Tinker's Creek, full of picturesque vistas and waterfalls. In the forests, you'll find mature trees adorned with yellow, orange and green and other abundant wildlife. The area also offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and horseback riding. But to get the most out of your scenic visit, we recommend heading straight to the overlook along Gorge Parkway, which boasts one of the best views in Northeast Ohio.

 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 
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This centrally located national park is just a short distance from Cleveland and Akron, but its many acres of untouched scenery and countless species of plants and wildlife make it feel like it's worlds away. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is perhaps the most popular outdoor destination in the state, and frequently makes lists of "must-visit" parks in the country. During the fall, this is even more true! The trees explode into color, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for leisurely hikes and picnics. If you're interested in taking a hike while you're there, make sure to check out our complete guide to hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

 

Hocking Hills

This popular, outdoorsy destination is filled with some of the most interesting scenery in the country, from breathtaking sandstone cliffs and waterfalls to caves and colorful forests. During the day, you can hike, bike and fish your way around the hills, or visit the charming towns nearby. And while locals and visitors alike flock to Hocking Hills for the camping, we highly recommend booking a cabin for a weekend or longer. Most of these cabins are outfitted with hot tubs, fireplaces, hammocks and spectacular views (of course). On your way, don't miss out on the chance to stop by Ohio's Ravenwood Castle, which has repeatedly been named one of the coolest destinations in the state.

 

The Holden Arboretum

 
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If a visit to the Holden Arboretum isn't on the top of your fall to-do list, then stop everything you're doing and head over right now. This famous arboretum is practically an outdoor playground that features cultivated gardens, trails and interesting attractions like the Murch Canopy Walk and the Kalberer Family Emergent Tower, which stands 120 feet above the forest floor. Not only will you have a blast exploring all of the interesting fauna among the bright autumn colors, but you'll also be able to stand in the trees and catch a breathtaking view from above. Need we say more?

 

Holmes County

Holmes County, the heart of Ohio's Amish Country, is certainly one of the most charming places in the state. On any given day, a leisurely walk or drive in the area will reveal narrow, winding roads, horse-drawn carriages, roadside farm stands, wavy fields of corn and a variety of beautiful trees. During the autumn months, these trees (including maples, oaks and buckeyes) explode into vibrant reds, oranges and yellows, transforming the county into something out of a fairy tale. But don't take our word for it—according to National Geographic, Holmes County is one of the top 10 places in the world to see fall foliage.

 

Lake Erie Bluffs

If you're not ready to give up the fun of summer quite yet—don't worry, we get it. Head out to Lake Erie Bluffs on the coast, which offers the perfect mix of summertime lake activities and scenic fall views. If it isn't too cold, you can take a kayak or canoe out on the water and experience the shoreline views of trees and trails first hand. There's also a 50-foot observation tower where you can get a 360-degree perspective of Lake Erie and the best of Ohio's natural fall beauty!

 

Lanterman's Mill

 
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Lanterman's Mill dates back to 1845 and is recognized as one of Mahoning County's most historic landmarks—and one of its most picturesque! The mill sits adjacent to the Mahoning River and overlooks Lanterman's Falls, which makes for a great photo from the outside. But don't leave without venturing in—the mill still offers stone-ground flours and gifts to the public, and is staffed by knowledgeable people who can inform you about the history of the area!

 

Rockefeller Park

If you want to find a place to enjoy the season within the city, pay a visit to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park just outside of Cleveland. The lush grounds host more than 30 gardens, all designed and cultivated by distinct cultural or nationality groups, representing the diversity and multiculturalism of the city. The area is even more gorgeous in the fall when trees all over the park turn a startling bright yellow and shed their leaves. The gardens are often driven through rather than explored by foot and admission is free!

 

Rocky River Reservation

Fall Foliage NE Ohio

Photo courtesy of Kyle Lanzer via Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland Magazine calls the Rocky River Reservation one of the best places in the state to view fall leaves, and we tend to agree! The reservation includes a nature center, marina and stables along with interesting hiking trails so you can see the fall foliage up close. While you're there, make sure to take advantage of the Fort Hill Stairs, which ascend 90-feet above the east and west branches of the Rocky River, providing an optimal view of the area's fall foliage.

 

Squire's Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation

Perhaps the most picturesque destination in Cleveland, the ruins of Squire's Castle stand proudly in the heart of the North Chagrin Reservation. After a hike in the woodlands (or a rousing game of golf at the Manakiki Golf Course), set out a picnic in front of the castle. From here you can admire the beautiful architecture, soak in the autumn sunshine, and capture pictures of the colorful foliage. While there, make sure to share the story of builder Feargus B. Squire, whose wife supposedly still haunts the grounds.

 

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Fall Foliage NE Ohio

Photo courtesy of the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Built in 1915, the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a spectacular example of architecture from the era. The home once belonged to the founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Frank Seiberling, but was opened to the public after his passing. It now stands as a beloved Akron landmark and has even received the title of "best historic home tour in America" by the readers of USA Today. Tour the house and marvel at the antique furniture and detailing, but don't miss out on a turn through the gardens. During the fall months, a picnic outside allows you to view the marvelous mansion and the surrounding color all at once.

 

What did we miss?

Did we leave out your favorite spot in Northeast Ohio to see fall colors? Let us know in the comments!

August
6

What to Do With Your Kids in the Akron + Canton Area Before School Starts

We can't believe it—summer is almost over. The Fourth of July has come and gone and your family will be shopping for back-to-school bargains before you know it.

But don't pack up your pool floaties and sunscreen yet! We still have a few weeks before the season is officially finished, which gives us plenty of time to squeeze in a little more summer fun. From splashing around at local water parks to meandering through local museums, here are some of our must-do end-of-summer activities for you and your kids in the Akron and Canton area!

 

Visit a Local Farmers' Market

Columbus Annual Events

We live in one of the best regions of the United States for fresh produce and locally produced meats—and you can find an unbeatable selection at your local farmers' market! Bring the kiddos with you and let them pick a few ingredients to use in your meals for the week and buy a few treats to enjoy on the way home! Many local markets also have live music, games and face painting to entertain the whole family. Here are the best farmers' markets near Akron and Canton.

 

Have a Blast at the Akron Canton Jellystone Park

The Akron Canton Jellystone Park is a family-oriented camp and theme park that features a water park, miniature golf and gem mining! Join Yogi Bear as you swim in the 500,000-gallon pool or eat homemade ice cream from the Pick-a-Nic Basket food stand. Plus, you can make it a weekend affair by staying in one of their adorable cabins or by setting up a tent and enjoying the great outdoors!

 

Learn Something New at MAPS Air Museum

Do you have an aspiring pilot in your family? This internationally known museum focused on aviation will teach you and your kiddos all about the history of flight. Their interesting displays, interactive exhibits and historical archives will keep you entertained for hours. You're welcome to explore the museum on your own or you can take one of the free guided tours!

 

Hop Aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

While trains might not be the most convenient way to travel anymore, they are certainly one of the most fun! Kids will love taking a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which winds through Cuyahoga Valley National Park and features spectacular views of Ohio's landscape. While each of their routes comes with its fair share of adventure, the CVSR hosts kid-centered events throughout the year. You can find their full event schedule here.

 

Visit the Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Kid's Summer Activities in Akron and Canton

Photo courtesy of the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Located in one of our favorite Akron neighborhoods, Merriman Valley, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a fantastic place to spend a summer afternoon! Take a day and explore their stunning gardens along with the magnificent castle-like residence that once served as the home for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's founder, Frank A. Seiberling. They also host a variety of fun kid-centered events and workshops throughout the summer, so make sure to check out their calendar before you go.

 

Monkey Around at the Akron Zoo

Say goodbye to summer with the help of some furry (and some not-so-furry) friends at the Akron Zoo! With 25 acres of exhibits and guest amenities, your kids will have a hard time running out of things to do. See animals from all over the world up close, ride the train, spin around on the carousel, and marvel at the Wild World Animal Show. Admission is just $12 for adults, $9 for kids ages 2 to 14, and free for kids 2 and under. And don't forget to stop by the Komodo Kingdom Café to fuel up during your adventure!

 

Indulge in Some Ice Cream

Ice Cream in Akron and Canton

While we love to enjoy ice cream year-round, for some reason, it just tastes better in the summer. Good thing the Akron and Canton area is bursting with delicious ice cream spots where you can say a sweet goodbye to the season—some of which have been around since the 1930s or earlier! Here are some of our favorites in the area.

 

Battle it Out at Laser Quest Akron

Located in Akron, Laser Quest is the perfect spot to escape the heat for a few hours. Bring the whole family and navigate the expertly designed course, ducking behind obstacles to hide from the other team, but make sure to watch your back. We're sure your kids will love this heart-pounding adventure—and the chance to tag you out!

 

Explore the Akron Art Museum

Kid's Summer Activities in Akron and Canton

The Akron Art Museum is a work of art itself. With gorgeous architecture and dramatic steel and glass walls, you can peruse incredible art while looking out over the warm, summer day. They display stunning pieces of modern art, photographs and sculptures, which will take you all day to explore. Plus, this season, they are hosting several fun children-centered events that will help your child unleash a bit of their creative side; check out the museum's calendar for a full list!

 

Bounce Around at Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Trampoline Park is a dream come true for little adventurers, filled with trampolines that span from wall to wall. Enjoy freestyle jumping on the massive trampolines, engage in a game of dodgeball on a bouncy court, or dive headfirst into the foam zone! People of all ages are guaranteed to have fun here.

 

Climb the Steps of the McKinley Monument

Kid's Summer Activities in Akron and Canton

Photo courtesy of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Before summer ends, take time to visit the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum—where kids can enjoy the hands-on activities at Discover World and take a step back in time in the Street of Shops. Pay your respects to former President William McKinley, and enjoy the incredible view of Canton, by hiking up the 108 steps to the top of the Monument, where the president and his wife, Ida, are buried.

 

We hope you've had a great summer!

What fun activities will you do to say goodbye to the season? Let us know in the comments below!

July
2

An Insider's Guide to Hiking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Hiking season is upon us and we can't think of a better place to trek through nature than the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Our lovely park is filled with magnificent waterfalls, lush foliage, striking views and plenty of hiking trails to enjoy it all. While you may be able to hike all 125 miles of trails the Cuyahoga Valley has to offer this summer, we rounded up some of our favorites to help you get started. Whether you're a beginner or an old pro, we've got a hike just for you on this list along with some things to do when you've stepped off the trail. Happy adventuring! Looking for more outdoor activities to enjoy in Northeast Ohio this season? Check out our complete guide to being outdoorsy in the Akron and Canton area.  

Trails

Hiking Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Beginner

Haskell Run

0.6 Mile Haskell Run is a quick valley outing with a pair of rustic wooden bridges to climb on. This spot is a great place to go birdwatching, explore stunning wildflower gardens, or go on a quick hike with the kids. If you're looking for a little more mileage, this trail offers easy access to the Boston Run Trail.

Forest Point Trail

0.8 Mile This short loop trail is perfect for beginners or a great warm-up for more advanced hikers. Located near Peninsula, Ohio and almost completely flat, the Forest Point Trail is accessible year-round and features many opportunities to see wildlife in action.

Lake Trail

1 Mile This short loop travels along Kendall Lake, allowing you and your family to catch glimpses of the local wildlife along the water. Lake Trail is a fairly easy hike, with a few sets of stairs that climb up and down with the small elevation changes along with a concrete tunnel that leads through a hill.

Plateau Trail

4.9 Miles Originally intended for cross-country skiing, the Plateau Trail is a favorite among hikers and runners as well. For a truly stunning sight, visit this trail during autumn for an incredible, colorful view! And don't forget your lunch; there's a quaint sitting area right off the trail where you can host a picnic. Insider tip: During the summer and early fall this trail can get really buggy, so don't forget your insect spray!

Towpath Trail

19.5 Miles It's no secret that we love the Towpath Trail, a trail that extends from Akron to Cleveland and offers 85+ miles to explore. Part of this massive trail just happens to cut through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park — almost 20 miles of flat, asphalt or limestone pavement perfect for biking, hiking or just a morning walk in nature!  

Intermediate

Hiking Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Brandywine Gorge Loop

1.4 Miles Brandywine Falls is one of the most gorgeous sights in Ohio making this trail one of the most trafficked in the park. While it might be busy when you go, we promise the views are worth it! This trail starts at the historic Inn at Brandywine Falls and follows the edge of the gorge, eventually taking you down to creek level. If you want to avoid the crowds, try parking at the Stanford House and hiking the 3.8-mile trail through the woods.

The Ledges Loop

1.7 Miles The Ledges hike is one of the most iconic trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Traverse the intermediate hike or drive straight to the parking lot to reach the Ledges Overlook, which offers breathtaking views of the valley. This trail is rocky and rough, so make sure to wear sufficient footgear and adhere to any closure signs for your safety.  

Boston Run Trail

3.4 Miles This 3.5-mile loop is perfect for trail running or for walkers looking for a good workout. Not only does this trail offer plenty of hills to get your legs burning, but it's located along the river, giving you the chance to spot plenty of beautiful wildlife. We recommend avoiding this trail after rainfall as it can get pretty muddy. Insider tip: At the beginning of the loop, take a left to go down the hill so you don't have to climb up it at the very end!

Deer Lick Cave Loop Trail

3.7 Miles Nearing four miles, this loop hike will lead you through some of the most beautiful rolling terrain in the park. Park at the Valley Parkway which intersects the trail and is a more secluded section of Cuyahoga Valley and then hit the trail! Along the way, you'll see creeks, a picnic area and the lovely Deer Lick Cave.  

Advanced

East Rim Trail

2.3 Miles If you love mountain biking, you're in for a treat! The East Rim Trail is the first of its kind, made for mountain bikers and advanced hikers, featuring sharp turns, rocky obstacles and steep hills. Plus, the scenery is gorgeous with breathtaking views, towering forests and dense woods that will make you feel like you're in another world entirely. Eventually, this trail will measure nearly 10 miles long, so make sure to keep visiting to see the new additions!

Perkins Trail

2.7 Miles For those looking for a more advanced hike, the Perkins Loop is a great choice. This almost-3-mile trek is one of only four trails in the park to have earned Cuyahoga National Park's most difficult rating. The trail starts at the iconic Everett Covered Bridge and will lead you to a grown-up game of Chutes and Ladders, switchbacks, muddy sections, steep and pebbly slopes and across a shallow creek. This hike is definitely not for the beginner, but it sure is fun!

Buckeye Trail: Station Road to Boston

12 Miles The Buckeye Trail extends fully around the entire state of Ohio. While we know you probably don't have the time to hike the full 1,444-mile trail at once, you can enjoy the sections located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In fact, our favorite section, the Station Road to Boston Trail, allows you to catch a glimpse of all of the most popular overlooks in the area. The 12-mile trail will take you past Blue Hen Falls, Deer Lick Cave, the Ohio Erie Towpath Trail and so many more incredible sights.  

Where to Go After Your Hike

Explore the Stanford House

When you're looking for a place to stop off and relax during or after your hike — the Stanford House is the perfect spot. This historic home was built in 1843 and was a youth hostel until recently when it was turned into a quaint bed and breakfast. Stop in and take a look, and a few pictures, of the rustic farmhouse atmosphere. Or, stay a couple of nights in one of their cozy rooms with abundant nature right outside your window.

Enjoy a Concert at the Blossom Music Center

While you're in the area, make sure to stop by the Blossom Music Center for a concert! This popular venue hosts nationally touring acts that perform right in the middle of a forested patch of land in the park. So no matter whether you're there to see the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts or Flo Rida  — you're in for a treat!

Shop at Szalay's

Winter Farmers' Markets in Cincinnati If there's anything you must do while you're in the area, it's paying a visit to Szalay's Sweet Corn and Farm Market! The market is filled with colorful, fresh produce and grilled corn you can grab as a snack. And if you're visiting in the fall, you won't want to miss their famous corn maze

Grab a Burger at Flip Side

Online reviewers rave about Flip Side, a local burger chain restaurant with locations all over Ohio. Head to the nearby Hudson and chow down on some of the best burgers in the state along with truffle fries, Kobe beef corn dogs, local beer, and Medjool date milkshakes in a relaxed environment.

And a Sweet Treat from Rosati's Frozen Custard

Hiking Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Photo courtesy of Rosati's Frozen Custard

End your day on the highest note at Rosati's Frozen Custard, a famous Ohio spot for a good reason. They offer fresh, creamy custard that is made in-house and serve it in cones, sundaes, shakes and even blended with different toppings. Plus, their neon and vintage building is the perfect spot to hang out and snap a few shots for your Instagram!  

Insider Tips

Cross Country Skiing

Things to do in winter in akron and canton Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy the great outdoors. Several trails within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, including the Towpath Trail, are open during the winter and are perfect for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding!

See the Wildlife

Throughout the park, you'll get the chance to see some incredible wildlife in their natural habitats. From owls and ducks to deer and large squirrels — you can meet them all right here! But remember to keep your distance and stay aware as there are some dangerous animals that also call parts of the park home.

Bike Aboard

Hiking in Cuyahoga Valley

Photo courtesy of Brenda Long- Chiefbear on the Road Photography via the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad 

More of a biker than a hiker? No worries! There are plenty of trails that are perfect for biking and even mountain biking. We recommend you take advantage of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's popular Bike Aboard Program, which allows you to ride the train one way and bike the other for just $5!

Stay Safe

Hiking is a fun way to see some nature and get active outside. But when interacting with the great outdoors, you should take some precautions to stay safe.
  • Make sure to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements, even if it's cloudy outside.
  • Always wear long pants tucked into your shoes or socks to keep the ticks away.
  • Hike earlier in the day rather than later, but if you do choose to hike at night, bring a flashlight and watch for trail hazards.
  • When hiking to overlooks, especially close to water, be aware that some spots may be slippery and use caution when approaching the edge.
  • Always adhere to caution signs and closure notices and make sure to never climb over railings — they're there for your safety!
 

Have Fun!

We hope you have a fun adventure! Did we miss your favorite spot in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Tell us all about it in the comments!  
June
1

Gorgeous Homes for Sale Near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

When it comes to outdoor adventuring in the state of Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is always at the top of everyone's list. This stunning natural oasis is filled with magnificent waterfalls, lush foliage, striking views and more than 125 miles of hiking trails to enjoy it all. It's a fantastic place for a day trip (or for a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad). In fact, it recently made Thrillist's list of the best national parks in America! Can you imagine having the splendor of a national park in your backyard? For outdoor enthusiasts, it sounds like a dream. We rounded up some of the most gorgeous homes for sale within easy reach of Cuyahoga Valley National Park to help make that dream a reality. Happy shopping!  

A Home with Curb Appeal to Spare

4 Beds | 2 Full Baths (2 Partial) | 4,404 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 173 Millstream Court, Copley | Listed by Mary Yoder

If you're already smitten with this home just from looking at the outside, we don't blame you. The curb appeal is off the charts, but just wait until you see the rest of the property! The open floor plan invites in lots of natural light, the three-car garage offers tons of storage, and the paver patio is perfect for meals or parties al fresco.  

A Gorgeous Home with Tasteful Upgrades

4 Beds | 2 Full Baths (1 Partial) | 2,440 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 6991 Ivandale Road, Independence | Listed by Shannon Miller

Welcome home to Ivandale Road! This stunning home is finished with modern upgrades for the perfect mix of comfort and luxury. Take a peek inside the kitchen, which features granite countertops, abundant cabinet space and stainless steel appliances, and then mosey through the rest of the home. You'll find high ceilings, abundant natural light and plenty of storage space! Update: This home is now under contract!   

A Custom-Built Estate in Cuyahoga Falls

7 Beds | 6 Full Baths (2 Partial) | 9,660 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 544 Scenic Valley Way, Cuyahoga Falls | Listed by the Worthington Team

This custom-built estate is situated in Cuyahoga Falls and offers seven spacious bedrooms and nearly 10,000 square feet of living space — including a separate wing for in-laws or visiting family members! The interior is filled with elegant details, several spa-like bathrooms and abundant natural light. Outside, you can enjoy nearly two acres of picturesque wooded land.  

A Welcoming Ranch Home

3 Beds | 2 Baths | 2,522 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 1100 Foxglove Circle, Cuyahoga Falls | Listed by Angie Palazzo

Nestled in the heart of Woodbrook Place, this custom-built ranch home is welcoming and stunning all at once. The spacious great room and dining room area are perfect for entertaining any time of year and the windows provide picturesque views of the surrounding landscape. In the kitchen, home chefs will enjoy beautiful hickory cabinets and stainless steel appliances!  

An Impressive Home Near a Prestigious Country Club

3 Beds | 2 Full Baths (2 Partial | 3,607 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 3684 Country Club Drive, Silver Lake | Listed by Greg Dohner

This impressive property is tucked into a gorgeous, wooded .6-acre parcel of land that overlooks the prestigious Silver Lake Country Club. The lush landscaping includes a trickling waterfall, decorative stone walkways and a wooden bridge, but the inside is just as gorgeous! We are loving the marble flooring, stainless steel appliances and elegant detailing throughout.  

An Awe-Inspiring Colonial

4 Beds | 2 Full Baths (1 Partial) | 3,981 Square Feet Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Homes for Sale near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This home is for sale at 3436 Stillwood Boulevard, Stow | Listed by Krista Combs

Sky-high ceilings, a cozy stone fireplace and a fantastic modern kitchen set this Colonial home apart from the rest! And if you're a fan of on-trend decor, you'll find it in abundance. Backsplashes, french doors, granite countertops and a park-like backyard make this property not just functional, but beautiful!  

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