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The little town of Hudson, 30 miles to the southeast of Cleveland, is the gateway to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, one of the very few parks in the Midwest. In spite of that, the park sees relatively few tourists compared to parks in other regions of the United States. Fortunately, that means there are plenty of opportunities to experience the beauty of the area without all the crowds and lines that would come with trips to the more visited parks. The town of Hudson is also quite charming, with a historic downtown area filled with little shops and eateries to explore on the days you’re not visiting the park.
While Hudson is often described as looking like a quaint New England village, it’s actually halfway between the manufacturing hubs of Cleveland and Akron. If you end up needing a taste of the big city when you rent an RV in Hudson, those amenities are less than an hour’s drive away.
Even though Hudson is near to a couple of major cities, the city and surrounding area have retained their rural feel, which means when you book an RV in Hudson, you’ll have an enjoyable experience with plenty of RV parks and campgrounds to serve your needs.
Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA is one of the closest options, being just three miles east of the city center. As a KOA park, they have quite a few amenities too, including a pool during the summer, a dog park, and camp kitchen. They also have theme weekends throughout the summer; check their calendar to see if that’s something that would interest you.
Another place to park your Hudson rental motorhome is Woodside Lake Park, which has 250 campsites with full hookups, a camp store, volleyball court, and game room with billiards tables and video game systems.
Silver Springs Campground, about five miles to the southeast in Stow, has electrical hookups and picnic tables at every site. Hidden Valley Campground, 10 miles to the east, is near Lake Rockwell and has canoe/kayak rentals available.
There’s also Roundup Lake Campground, about 10 miles to the northeast, which has a swimming pool, playground, and sandy beach near the swimming area. Any of these campgrounds will provide a rustic setting for you and your Hudson travel trailer rental or RV.
For a convenient, no-frills overnight stay with the Hudson rental RV, the closest Walmart can be found in the town of Macedonia, a few miles to the north.
You’re most likely visiting Hudson due to its proximity to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but everyone eventually needs a rest form the park and there are loads of exciting things to do in the city’s quaint town center.
Your first stop should be at the Hudson Visitor Center, which can give you an overview of the town and an idea of the attractions you’d like to visit. The Hudson Fire Museum is adjacent to the visitor center and is worth a quick look to see some historical artifacts from the city’s fire department. From there, you’ll want to stroll through the historic district where you can see beautiful 19th-century homes and do some shopping in the area’s boutiques.
If the kids are getting antsy from all that time on the road in the Hudson motorhome rental, bring them to Sky Zone Trampoline Park where they can burn off some of that excess energy. The kids might also enjoy the Malted Meeple, a popular board game hangout with delicious milkshakes.
Obviously, much of your Hudson RV rental vacation will be spent at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This is especially true if you’re a cyclist, as twenty miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath path go through the park. There are also loads of hiking opportunities, 125 miles of them to be precise. Brandywine Gorge Trail is one of the more popular trips as it’s only a mile and half long and visits a 65-foot-tall waterfall.
Kids will also enjoy “canal questing” in the park, which is a bit like geocaching, but without the electronics. Instead, participants use a park map and a set of rhyming clues to find the hidden treasures scattered throughout the park. If you’re looking for a relaxing activity that doesn’t involve a lot of sweating or dusty trails, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a great way to see the park from the comforts of a train car; trips last around three and a half hours.
On the days you’re not visiting the national park, but still want to spend some time in nature, there’s always Hudson Springs Park. The 260-acre green space has a lake, disc golf course, and plenty of walking paths to enjoy a sunset stroll.
If you’re coming during the winter months, Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski Areas are located adjacent to the park, and although they aren’t very tall (240 vertical feet), they do have several lifts and a snow tubing area.