Pumpkins, Leaves & Ziplines
Enjoy an autumn weekend of fall foliage and a pumpkin extravaganza like no other in southeastern Ohio. Spend Day One in the company of some of the plumpest orange squash around at the 105th Circleville Pumpkin Show, Oct. 19 – 22. The annual festival attracts more than 400,000 visitors from all across the country. Come see giant pumpkins – the 2010 winner weighed in at 1,622 pounds!!! – there are also seven parades, live musical entertainment, contests and sample countless pumpkin-flavored delicacies.
On Day Two, head east to Hocking Hills State Park in Logan. The scenery is breathtaking any time of the year, but the state park will be in rare form as fall colors paint the forest. In addition, natural features such as Old Mans Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs & Cedar Falls add to the spectacle of the area. Enjoy some of the many miles of hiking trails that cut through this popular state park. For the extra adventurous visitor, check out the Hocking Hills Canopy Zipline Tour. Cabins and other camping areas are available throughout the Hocking Hills State Park. Consider dinner at the Inn at Cedar Falls at Hocking Hills State Park. The restaurant is inside a log cabin, originally built in the 1840s and offers a unique dining experience.
Conclude your trip with a visit to Ohio’s only National Forest, Wayne National Forest, near Hocking Hills. Wayne National Forest offers a 75-mile off-road vehicle trail in the Monday Creek area of the Athens Unit. Mountain bikes are also welcome on the trail system. For the horseback rider, the Stone Church Horse Trail and Camp have 19 miles of backcountry trails for riding and a horse camp catering to the needs of horsemen. For the hiker and backpacker, some believe there is no trail in Ohio as fine as the 15 mile Wildcat Hollow trail.
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours / Zip Line Adventures
Hocking Hills is home to many exciting outdoor adventures, but nothing compares to the thrill of Ohio's first World-Class zipline canopy tour, the home of the only dual Super Zip (1400ft+), and the new "Dragon Fly - Zipline Adventure for Kids", ages 5-12!
Celebrating its 7th year of operations, 3-hour spectacular adventure offers thrill seekers ages 10 and up, the unique opportunity to zip through the treetops on a network of cables and adventure skybridges suspended high above the forest floor, overlooking the natural features of Hocking Hills.
Our friendly and experienced guides will give you a detailed safety and equipment orientation before you are fitted with your personal safety gear for the tour. You will also have the opportunity to practice "zipping" techniques that you will be using on the tour.
Your adventure then begins! We will transport you along a 1.5 mile scenic nature trail to the beginning of the course where the Mighty Oak awaits your arrival. You will complete 10 ziplines, traverse 5 adventure skybridges and rappel back to ground level at the finish line.
While waiting between each zip you will enjoy amazing views from the observation platforms. Your guides will point out interesting highlights of the area, including native vegetation, animals, as well as local history.For thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike, these tours are the perfect adventures for families, couples seeking to escape the fast-paced city, or adults looking for something new. This zipline tour is sure to thrill first-time zippers as well as the most experienced zipline enthusiasts.
- Address: 10714 Jackson Street
Rockbridge, Ohio 43149
- Phone: Local Number: 7403859477
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.hockinghillscanopytours.com
Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park is located in Hocking Co. near Logan, an hour southeast of Columbus. The scenery is breathtaking, with recess caves, cliffs & waterfalls. Spectacular natural features include Old Mans Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs & Cedar Falls.
The Ash Cave trail is wheelchair accessible, and most other features are easy to moderate hikes from parking areas. The park offers many hiking trails totaling 10 miles, along with 4 miles of mountain biking trails and 40 miles of bridle trails on adjacent state forest (bring your own horse). There is an archery range and trail with a variety of targets.
Picnic areas have tables, grills & 4 reservable shelters. Programs provide entertainment all year. The visitor center at Old Mans Cave features local geology & history.
The 2-bedroom vacation cottages have kitchen, bathroom w/shower, living room, fireplace, TV, screened porch, & heat/A/C. The campground has 156 campsites with electric and 13 non-electric sites, plus 3 hassle-free Camper Cabins. Several cottages are pet friendly.
Campground amenities are showers, restrooms & campground pool. Pets permitted on designated sites. The Dining Lodge, located near Old Mans Cave, is open seasonally with restaurant, lounge, game room & outdoor swimming pool. (No overnight facilities available.)
Camping rates (weekends) range from $22/night to $29/night for non-electric/electric sites. Camper cabins are $40/night. Cottages range from $105 to $130/night. Call 1-866-644-6727 for reservations.
- Address: 19852 State Route 664 South
Logan, Ohio 43138
- Phone: Local Number: 7403856841
- Website: http://www.ohiostateparks.org
Wayne National Forest - Athens Ranger District
In the hills of southeastern Ohio, towns are few and far between. This region is known as Ohio's Hill Country. Campers and hikers enjoy the tranquility of the only national forest in Ohio. The forest is open year-round and forest use, with a few exceptions, is free. There are places where people can truly get away from it all and find virtual solitude. An out-of-the-way campground on the north shore of Burr Oak Lake offers seclusion for campers.
Wayne National Forest offers a 75-mile off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail in the Monday Creek area of the Athens Unit. This area attracts OHV riders from across the Midwest and is a premier system of trails. Mountain bikes are also welcome on the trail system. For the horseback rider, the Stone Church Horse Trail and Camp have 19 miles of backcountry trails for riding and a horse camp catering to the needs of horsemen. For the hiker and backpacker, some believe there is no trail in Ohio as fine as the 15 mile Wildcat Hollow trail. Trails are open from April 15 through December 15 each year for mountain bike, horse and ATV use. Trails are open year round for hiking. Permits are required to ride OHVs, horses, and mountain bikes.
- Address: 13700 U.S. Highway 33
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
- Phone: Local Number: 7407530101
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Farmpark is a family-oriented science and cultural center devoted to agriculture, farming, and country life. Escape to the country to discover where your food comes from!
Visitors to Lake Metroparks Farmpark watch and participate in daily hand milking the cows. Other demonstrations include machine milking, cheese-making, and other farm skills. Try your hand a making ice cream the old-fashioned way on weekends! In addition, the park is home to dozens of breeds of livestock, from pigs to alpacas; and kids,in particular, will delight in seeing the different animals being fed and cared for.
The Plant Science Center features exhibits about hydroponic and organic gardening, cultivating honey, and creating a viable greenhouse. The Woodland Center offers displays on forest conservation, maple syrup harvesting, and other outdoor activities of local interest. Wagon rides are the mode of transportation throughout the park.
Due to the nature of the facility, no pets are allowed on Farmpark grounds.Farmpark offers a country setting for offsite business meetings, corporate picnics, and holiday parties. Open year round, 7 days a week with the exception of Mondays, January through March.
- Address: 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd
Kirtland, Ohio 44094
- Phone: Local Number: 4402562122
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://bit.ly/lakemetroparks