Posted On: Sep 1, 2020
Along the counties bordering the Ohio River, explore Ohio's history -- from the prehistoric era all the way up to the Civil War and beyond.
Follow this road trip and uncover Ohio history.
Don’t miss the 33 sites along the self-guided Clermont County Ohio Freedom Trail. Make your own trail to see historic aircraft at Batavia’s Tri-State Warbird Museum, Ulysses S. Grant’s Birthplace in Point Pleasant, the hilltop home of abolitionist John Rankin in Ripley that was a major stop on the Underground Railroad, the 2,000 years of local history depicted in the Portsmouth Floodwall Murals and Ohio’s historic crown jewel, the ancient Serpent Mound in Peebles.
Stay: Nestle down in the rolling foothills, away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and the noise of technology at Murphin Ridge Inn in West Union. Sit on a rocking chair on the front porch of the bed & breakfast and take in views of the surrounding woods and farmland.
Taste test handcrafted beers — including small batches made in-house — at the Little Miami Brewing Company in Milford or grab a pretzel-bun sandwich and some sweet-and-savory treats at Country Crust Bakery in Bainbridge.
Along the way
Follow the path of fleeing slaves in Ripley from the Ohio River uphill to the Rankin House, home of Underground Railroad conductor John Rankin.
Take a walk on the wild side — and buy food from 70 countries — at Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield.
Enjoy the murals and informative exhibits at Highland Nature Sanctuary’s museum in Bainbridge, then wonder at the wild flowers in the Rocky Fork Gorge.
Paddle a rowboat on the lake or compete in a round of disc golf at Shawnee State Park and Lodge in Portsmouth.
Marvel at ancient earthworks shortlisted to become an UNESCO World Heritage site at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.