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Ritchie Ledges

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Boston Heights, Ohio 44264 USA

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“a natural playground”

By far, one of the most unique and stunningly beautiful sites in Northeast Ohio to birdwatch and hike, the “Ledges” themselves are massive walls of Sharon conglomerate rock, draped in ferns, mosses, hemlocks and seeps. The rich woodlands remind one of the west coast’s Olympic rainforest. Stately stands of enormous Eastern Hemlock trees sit atop the crown of the ledge wall, while oaks, beeches, birch, tulip tree, and maples cover the base of the gorge.  The unique, rare, and sensitive plant life and community is highly diverse, and the list of specialty birds, here, is locally famous. Icebox Cave, a wet, cool “box” carved in the side of the sixty-foot ledges, is surrounded by a diverse mix of tree and herbaceous species that benefit from the cooling effect of the shady ledges, and the groundwater seeps that spring from the base of the ledges. 

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Reviewed by
Erica Griffith

  • 92 Reviews
  • 100 Helpful
June 27, 2014
Rated 5.0

Fun and beautiful - especially in the fall. The Icebox Cave is a cool spot to check out as well.

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Tim Long

  • 11 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
April 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

I saw this posted on my Facebook SEVERAL times by Roadtrippers. The location is less than an hour from where I grew up and I had NEVER heard of these ledges! A great place any season, so much to see here!!

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Ritchie Ledges

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Boston Heights, Ohio
44264 USA

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