Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park is located in Nelson Township, Portage County, Ohio, United States. It is accessible from U.S. Route 422 and State Route 305 via State Route 282.The Nelson-Kennedy region has always been a popular vacation spot and eventually came under state protection. In 1940, the state purchased land at Nelson Ledges, and in 1948, it bought 101acre of the area known as Kennedy Ledges. The state of Ohio created Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park in 1949 to preserve the area.Nelson-Kennedy Ledges is popular for picnicking and hiking. The rock formations at the 167acre Nelson-Kennedy Ledges have become trademarks of the park. The sandstone cliff formations resulted from the forces of erosion—wind, water freezing and thawing—that wore away at the softer rock layers. As these soft layers eroded, large blocks of rock called slump blocks fell away leaving more resistant layers to form ledges above. Within the park are angled rock formations 50 to 60ft high with ground fissures as deep as 60ft.There are approximately 3mi of main hiking trails, as well as many unmarked and more dangerous paths. To mark off the trails, a color-coding system is used on the rocks and trees. White is moderately easy, yellow and blue are medium difficulty, and red is extremely difficult, with some climbing of rocks involved.The beech-maple forest harbors a few tree species that are more common in cooler climates: yellow birch, Canadian Hemlock and Canada yew are common there. Some of these trees cling to the rock faces, their roots pushing into every available crevice. In the shelter of the roots and shaded by the leafy canopy above, ferns such as the Christmas fern and maidenhair fern grow in abundance. Others such as the marginal shield fern, grape fern, wood fern, and common polypody are more unusual for this part of the state.To visit Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park on your holiday in Nelson, and find out what else Nelson has to offer, use our Nelson trip itinerary builder.
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This place is amazing. All the rock formations and cool stuff to do. It's a good place to take the family and explore more »
Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park is only 167 acres but it has a fascinating variety of crevices, cliffs, caves, rock formations, and waterfalls. Since my first visit six years ago, the parking lot has... more »
We live 5 miles away and live taking our kids here. You just have to watch your kids! It is beautiful! Wear appropriate shoes for climbing. more »
Nice paths from easy to difficult. They are marked so you know which path you're on. The difficult path was fun but challenging. The parking lot had plenty of parking. The men's bathroom was locked and the women's was very dirty like it hadn't been cleaned in a very long time. It wasn't a new mess. Word to the wise, bring you're own t.p. and whatever you need to wash your hands.
This is a great park. It is so beautiful- waterfalls, canyons, and rock formations. It doesn't even look like NE Ohio, appearing to be somewhere else- southern Ohio, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania. I will not give it five stars because of those drinking alcohol in passageways and deep caves where others may want to explore, the sheer volume of litter (such as broken beer bottles that could potentially cause harm to animals) and marijuana use I have witnessed.
I love this place because of its relatively small size, but what it packs in in such a small area is amazing. The wife and I will pack snacks, our water packs, and head lamps and spend hours finding new nooks and crannies.
This park is beautiful with lots of different landscapes hidden in a small area. Waterfalls, cliffs, crevices, caves and a quarry are all here for you to explore.
If youre like me and enjoy some intense hiking, rock climbing, or some scary jumps over rock ledges and narrow passageways that are not for the fain of heart, then you will love Nelson Ledges. Very calm and relaxing and the views are breath taking.
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