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Ohio Photo Locations

This page contains recommendations for great shooting locations in Ohio. Locations may include a brief description of the area, recommended places to visit, times of year to go, lodging, etc. and may include a small image, a map or a web link to the location (i.e. state park).

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Chagrin Falls

Located in the center of the town of Chagrin Falls.

(Submitted by Joseph Martines)

Cleveland Botanical Gardens—Madagascar Gardens

Located at 11030 East Boulevard (Across from the Art Museum) Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(888) 853-7091 (216) 721-1600

(Submitted by Joseph Martines)

Cuyahoga Valley National ParkBlue Hen Falls

Located between Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) covers 33,000 acres and features woodlands, creeks, ponds, waterfalls and a wide variety of plants and animals. The park is accessible year-round and offers photographic opportunities in every season. Autumn is especially beautiful, with hardwood trees offering colors that rival those in New England.

The attached map shows the location of many of the more picturesque features of the park.

Highlights include:

  • Beaver Marsh (for birds and wildlife - access from Ira Trailhead)
  • Blue Hen Falls
  • Brandywine Falls
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Buttermilk Falls (follow trail below Blue Hen Falls)
  • Cuyahoga Valley Railroad (board at several locations, including the art community, Peninsula)
  • Everett Road Covered Bridge
  • Great Falls of Tinkers Creek - Viaduct Park, Bedford
  • Hale Farm and Village
  • Heron Rookery (on Bath Road east of Riverview - dozens of nesting Blue Herons can be viewed from a turnout (early March to early May until leaves obstruct the view)
  • Horseshoe Pond
  • The Ledges
  • Ohio & Eire Canal Towpath Trail
  • Sylvan Pond (access from the Oak Hill Trailhead)
  • Tinkers Creek Overlook (in autumn)

(Submitted by Chuck Beatty and Joseph Martines)

East and West Falls of the Black River

Located in Elyria.

(Submitted by Joseph Martines)

Gordon Park in Cleveland

Located at 72nd Street and the Lake Front. Good for birds in winter (Dec through Mar).

(Submitted by Joseph Martines)

Holden ArboretumPitcher Plant

Holden Arboretum is located near Kirtland, Ohio. With 3,500 acres, it is one of the largest aboreta in the country. Open year-round, the facility contains a wide variety of garden displays, ponds, creeks and woodlands that offer unique features in each season. The butterfly garden is especially popular during the summer. Fall colors are spectacular.

(Submitted by Chuck Beatty)

North Chagrin Reservation - Cleveland Metroparks

Near Mayfield Village. Try Sunset Pond and the Marsh for Canada geese, herons, and wood ducks.

(Submitted by Joseph Martines)

Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Penitentiary Glen Reservation features 424 acres of forest, fields, wetlands, and over 7.5 miles of hiking trails. The park is named for the deep gorge that divides it, which is easy to get into and difficult to get out of. Naturalists lead exciting programs year-round including nature-inspired festivals, programs, and classes. Picnic at the sheltered pavilion and listen to the sounds of nature. Located east of Kirtland, on the way to Holden Arboretum.

(Submitted by Joseph Martines)

Rockefeller Garden Center/Cleveland Garden Center

Located on MLK Boulevard in Cleveland. Has constantly exchanging displays.

(Submitted by Joseph Martines)

Seiberling Nature Realm

Located in Akron. (330) 865-8060 - Park Information (330) 865-8064 - Naturalist Information

(Submitted by Joseph Martines)

Triangle Lake BogPitcher Plant

Triangle Lake Bog is an example of a kettle bog and contains a unique variety of plant species, including carniverous pitcher plants and tamaracks. In late May-early June the pitcher plants bloom. In late October the tamaracks turn gold around the pond.

Located near Ravenna, Ohio, the state park can be found by exiting I-76 and driving about one mile north on Hwy 44. Turn left on Sandy Lake Road. Go about 1.25 miles and the park entrance will be on the left. The gate remains locked until about 7 a.m. (this time varies depending on the sleep habits of the gatekeeper). Once in the parking lot, take the left path to see the pitcher plants, etc. Take the right path to go directly to the pond overlook.

(Submitted by Chuck Beatty)