As I mentioned in previous posts, my recent travels took me to many national parks. There are so many to choose from that it is hard to pick the ones to visit, especially in the west. Once you start getting east of South Dakota, the number of parks shrink considerably and they are far and few between. Fortunately, after we left Chicago, we headed to a national park just south of Cleveland, namely Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
I had heard of the park but really didn't know anything about it. It was established in 2000 and is the fifth most visited national park in the US. It is unlike any national parks I have visited as there are no spectacular formations or mountains that you find in the west but rather loads and loads of trails, numerous waterfalls and lots of other outdoor activities.
This photo depicts a portion of the park's most famous waterfall, Brandywine Falls. There is a nice boardwalk trail that takes you to the falls but only gives a fixed view. Leaving the boardwalk is not permitted so it is hard to shoot it from other angles without being significantly blocked by trees and branches. Nonetheless, it is quite a relaxing and tranquil location.