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Ohio's National Parks

Explore the Park Sites of the Buckeye State

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Home to eight national park sites, the Buckeye State is a historic and beautiful state hosting over 2.4 million park visitors each year. Join Ohio travelers at one or more of these Ohio National Parks.

Ohio’s only “national park” is Cuyahoga Valley National Park – set in the northeast part of the state and home to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Blue Hen Falls, and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Here you can bike, hike, bird, and boat the days away.

Also known as the Mother of Presidents, Ohio features the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and William Howard Taft National Historic Site. Ohio is also dubbed the Birthplace of Aviation, and yields the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and National Aviation Heritage Area.

Other unique historic sites in Ohio include the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, and the First Ladies National Historic Site.

David Berger National Memorial

Found just outside of Cleveland in the suburb of Beachwood, the David Berger National Memorial commemorates the life of the former Olympic star athlete. The memorial can be found in front of the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland. Although the site received its namesake from David Berger, the memorial commemorates each of the 11 Olympic athletes whom lost their lives during the Munich Olympics. The memorial is symbolically comprised of several “broken” Olympic rings.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Found in the city of Dayton in southern Ohio, the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park preserves the story of the Wright Brothers' rise to success as pioneers of flight. The park also commemorates the life African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar – who was also a friend of the Wright Brothers.

The historic district is comprised of five sites in total – the Wright Cycle Company Building, Hoover Block, the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, and more. Visitors can also view the 1905 Wright Flyer III – the “world’s first practical airplane.”

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Encompassing 1,200-acre, the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is located north of Chillicothe in the southern Ohio River Valley. Visitors enjoy learning about the various Hopewell geometric earthen structures, built between 200 B.C. and A.D. 500.

The park encompasses the Mound City Group, Hopewell Mound Group, Hopeton Earthworks, Seip Earthworks and High Bank Works. Walk along the park's interpretive trails to view the mounds or enjoy ranger-led guided tour, or stop at the visitor center to see the displays of excavated artifacts.

National Aviation Heritage Area

Found throughout Dayton and southern Ohio, the National Aviation Heritage Area is made-up of more than 15 sites significant to aviation. The influence for the area comes from Dayton natives the Wright Brothers and their advancements in aviation, now on display at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Some of the highlights found along the way include the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, and many more. The heritage area was designated in 2004 and is operated by the National Aviation Heritage Alliance.

National McKinley Birthplace Memorial

Set in Niles in northeastern Ohio, the McKinley Birthplace Memorial preserves the birth site of President William McKinley. The McKinley Birthplace Home & Research Center serves as a house museum to commemorate the Ohio-born 25th president.

Found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the 1915 Beaux-Arts building is also known as the McKinley Birthplace Museum, and the McKinley Memorial Library, Museum & Birthplace Home. The memorial site offers tours of the McKinley Birthplace, shopping, and the National McKinley Birthplace Museum.

Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial

Found on a small isle just north of Port Clinton in northeastern Ohio, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial commemorates the Battle of 1812 on Lake Erie. The memorial is a towering 352-foot column built from 1912 to 1915 – and it’s recognized as one of the tallest memorials in the U.S.

The accompanying Perry’s Victory Visitor Center can be also be found on the 25-acre island, where a short film and collection of art and exhibits are displayed daily. Other activities at Perry’s Victory Memorial include a black powder demonstration, ranger programs, and unparalleled views of Lake Erie from the observation deck.