Escape to freedom on the underground railroad

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PENINSULA, Ohio – On two successive Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 10, the underground railroad through Ohio will once more be alive and functioning.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will join together to create as realistic a recreation as is possible of an the mysteries of the Underground Railroad.

During a two-mile hike adventurers will experience the chill of the air and the darkness of the night as they put themselves into the role of an escaping slave.

Along the way. They will meet abolitionists who guide them through the woods with song, a money hungry slave catcher, a local sheriff, and a few brave individuals who will be willing to sacrifice their freedom to help the escaping slaves.

The escapees will then board the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to escape capture.

The experiential national park program is designed to trace the underground railroad through the Cuyahoga Valley.

Offered for the first time last year, it proved to be so popular that two hikes have been added to the schedule.

Hikes will leave every half an hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person.

For reservations or additional information call Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at 800-468-4070.

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