With a northern border established by Lake Erie, a southern boundary of forests, and the Appalachian Plateau filling much of its middle, Ohio is full of natural beauty. In addition to a Great Lakes coastline, rivers, and forests, hiking trails in Ohio include cool caves, spectacular waterfalls, deeply carved gorges, and grasslands dotted with wildflowers.
Throughout Ohio, you’ll see buckeye trees. These tall, deciduous trees produce small brown nuts that resemble the eye of a deer. When they fall from Ohio buckeye trees in September and October, scoop one up — it is said that carrying one in your pocket is good luck. But while Ohio buckeyes look like the chestnuts that are roasted over an open fire during the holidays, they are highly toxic, so don’t eat them!
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Written by Sage Scott.
Originally published July 7, 2020.