See Part One for the reason behind this trip. I did more sightseeing and less hiking on the way home.
Day Six - May 9th
Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis
I began the long drive back to Maine today, stopping in Indianapolis to explore before heading east.
The 1,700-acre Fort Harrison State Park is a former military training facility that features miles of trails. Despite being in Indianapolis it felt safe, peaceful and secluded.
During my hike, I observed large numbers of songbirds including blue jays, scarlet tanagers, and orioles.
Day Seven - May 10th
Cleveland Metro Parks
I had planned on revisiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park today but instead did three short hikes in Cleveland Metro Parks nearby.
My first stop was the Worden's Ledges Trail in Hinkley Township. This short trail features sandstone cliffs with carvings made by a previous owner in the 1940's (for more information see this article).
The next stop was Bridal Veil Falls, where a short 4/10 mile round trip trail lead to a scenic little fall and gorge.
While at Bridal Veil Falls, another hiker suggested visiting Tinkers Falls in nearby Viaduct Park. This short 7/10 mile round trip trail leads to a beautiful waterfall dropping 15 feet off a sandstone cliff. Part of the hike also involves an optional hunched over trip through a large pipe.
Day Nine - May 12th
Dingman Falls, Delaware Water Gap NRA
On my way through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, i stopped and hiked the Dingman Falls trail, a beautiful wheelchair accessible trail leading to two waterfalls.
I stopped a number of other places along the way (Flight 93 National Memorial, St. Gaudens National Historical Park, National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Hershey Chocolatetown, etc.) knowing that it is unlikely I will find myself traveling this way again.