A Ross family tradition is a Thanksgiving walk at Holden Arboretum, one of northeast Ohio's best nature centers. It's similar to Dawes Arboretum in Newark, but it has a slightly more rustic feel. While there, you can see dense woods, marshes, wide meadows, prairies and a ton of trees.

[Holden Arboretum]

It's worth a trip north, for sure. Don't believe me? Keep reading...

A Ross family tradition is a Thanksgiving walk at Holden Arboretum, one of northeast Ohio's best nature centers. It's similar to Dawes Arboretum in Newark, but it has a slightly more rustic feel. While there, you can see dense woods, marshes, wide meadows, prairies and a ton of trees.

[Holden Arboretum]

It's worth a trip north, for sure. Don't believe me? Keep reading...

View larger image The visitor's center has bathrooms, a gift shop and a hot coffee. Start there.

View larger image The longest trail is the Old Valley Trail, about three miles. Even with a deep cover of leaves or snow, you'll find your way. Quaint wooden blazes mark the trails.

View larger image Creek crossings are among the trail's highlights. You'll cross this small creek several times.

View larger image Told you! Here's a tip: Pack a lunch and eat it beside the babbling water. My mom won't pick a picnic spot unless she can hear it gurgling beside her.

View larger image This boardwalk wanders through a riparian forest, and numerous info bulletins describe how a healthy streamside ecosystem works.

View larger image Several long staircases bring you down the easy way into Holden's trademark valleys.

View larger image At the end of the trail, hit the tower that overlooks Buttonbush Bog and Blueberry Pond.