Ask me what my favorite trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park is, and I’ll probably say it’s The Ledges. Located in the Virginia Kendall area of CVNP, The Ledges is probably the favorite trail of many people — it’s wildly popular, but for good reason: it’s a very interesting trail, with lots of rock formations and a great view from its natural scenic overlook. The trail itself is only a 1.8 mile loop, but it’s one I find myself coming back to it again and again. With snow on the ground, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful trail. This is the first time I’ve hiked The Ledges in the snow — but it probably won’t be the last.
The Ledges Overlook is located about halfway through the trail, or you can trek across the meadow next to the parking lot, and enter the trail from the southeast corner of the meadow for more direct access to the overlook. It’s supposed a great place to watch the sunset, but I haven’t done that yet.
The Ledges are named for… well, the ledges! They’re formed out of Sharon Conglomerate, a type of rock made of sand and quartz pebbles carried into Cuyahoga Valley from ancient streams.