Extended Stay: Places to See in Southeast Ohio
Southeast Ohio is the stuff of an outdoor person’s dreams. Take full advantage of the lush landscape, dense with rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This area of Ohio is home to 15 state parks, three nature preserves, seven state forests, 14 hunting and fishing areas, and the Muskingum and Ohio rivers. Make the most of your college visit and stay to see the sights!
Explore the sandstone cliffs and drizzling falls of Hocking Hills. Get the family outdoors and discover the new, Whispering Cave hiking trail riddled with local wildlife. Stay overnight in the area’s notable log cabins and rent a canoe to paddle your way down the Hocking River. For the thrill seekers, get a bird’s eye view of nature on the World-Class “X” canopy tour, or take the younger kids to speed down the Dragon Fly- Zipline. This nature-made escape is sure to provide relaxation and give you clarity in your school selection process.
Whether you come for a semester or a long weekend, Athens is known for its scenic, “college town” atmosphere complete with dozens of shops and restaurants. Stop by Jackie O’s Brewery (one of many in the area) for a Ricky, or grab a bite at the local Bagel and Deli. Athens is a great place to sample North America’s largest, native tree fruit: the paw-paw. Perhaps the best way to discover the amazing local foods and spirits crafted within 30 miles is with the 30 Mile Meal – a map to farmers, markets, independently-owned eateries, local food events and more.
An African safari comes to life in Cumberland, Ohio at The Wilds! The 10,000-acre conservation facility is home to 31 rare and endangered species from around the world. Unlike your home town zoo, you experience The Wilds safari-style in open or closed vehicles driving among animals roaming freely together as they would in the wild. Rhinos, giraffe, ostrich, camels, sichuan takin, scimitar horned oryx, zebra and more are at home at the Wilds. A separate Carnivore Center houses cheetahs, African painted dogs and dholes. In addition to safaris, The Wilds also offers conservation and education programs for all ages as well as opportunities for birding, mountain biking, fishing and ziplining! Stay overnight at the lodge or reserve a yurt at Nomad Ridge to enjoy a truly distinctive getaway.
Marietta’s Covered Bridges
Gather the family for a scenic road trip through Marietta’s Covered Bridge Tour. As Ohio’s first settlement, once home to over 50 covered bridges, Marietta is a perfect destination for the photography buff or scenery fanatic. These bridges – each with their own character – are a tranquil, unhurried escape for family togetherness. Make sure to come back in September for the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival!
For more sights and adventure, Find It Here. at Ohio.org.