By Ohio.org Staff
Posted On: Aug 27, 2020
Travel along waterways through vast woods and hilly terrain to experience Ohio’s Appalachian Country. The region was created when vast glaciers, all but flattening the rest of the state, carved the land into a rugged mix of rocky hollows, rolling foothills and breathtaking vistas that today enchants sports lovers, foodies, history buffs and explorers alike.
Follow this road trips to see just some of what you’ll find in Ohio’s Appalachian country.
NOTE: Please check directly with the areas before your visit to stay up to date on all safety precautions and guidelines surrounding COVID-19 and park regulations (like trash disposal).
Take a hike in one of Ohio’s most picturesque (and popular) natural spaces: Hocking Hills State Park. Must-see highlights include Rock Bridge Nature Preserve and the caves, outcroppings and waterfalls at Ash Cave, Old Man’s Cave and Rock House.
Thrill-seekers will love the mountain biking trails at Lake Hope State Park or zip lining at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, while nature-lovers can let their hearts take wing in the butterfly-filled gardens at Butterfly Ridge.
Get away from it all in rustic luxury at Cherry Ridge Retreat, a 140-plus acre private resort in New Plymouth, or choose a cottage for the family or romantic cabin for two at the Chalets in the Hocking Hills.
Savor some new tastes with flights of wine at Hocking Hills Winery or indulge in family-style comfort cuisine (and a slice of pie) at the Olde Dutch Restaurant. In January, enjoy the region’s heartiest eats on the six-day Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise.
Along the way
Enjoy Athens’ notable food and beer scene, starting with locally sourced foods at the employee-owned Casa Nueva, known for its seasonal salsas. Sip sustainably crafted, house-made beer at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery or choose from nearly a dozen grilled all-beef hot dogs at O’Betty’s.
Take an art tour through the region with stops in Athens at PassionWorks Studio that sells artwork created by developmentally challenged artists, and the Dairy Barn Arts Center, where touring exhibits include the biennial Quilt National.
Enjoy a home brew (or two) at the craft breweries and a cider house along the 21-mile Brewed on the Bikeway trail.
Overnight like royalty at the hilltop Ravenwood Castle with themed rooms and a medieval flair.
Examine stone carvings from Ohio’s ancient peoples at Leo Petroglyph in Ray.