Circle Ohio Oct 2012

by Carol T.

Rearrange stops from Circle Ohio 2012


Tour Stops

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    A trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a diverse array of activities. Whether you prefer attending ranger-guided programs or exploring the park on your own, you can find something to your liking. Take a hike, ride the scenic railroad, explore the visitor centers, attend a concert, or bike the Towpath Trail. Whatever your preferences, the links above will guide you to additional information.

    • Address: 1550 Boston Mills Rd.
      Peninsula, Ohio 44264
    • Phone: Local Number: (330) 657-2752
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  • Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area

    The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area – designated by Congress – to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow. 

    Whether you like to hike, bike, run, ride - or simply enjoy our region's canal-era history - find it all in the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Follow the Towpath Trail, ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, or take a discovery drive along our nationally designated America's Byway. 

    You'll wind your way from Cleveland and Lake Erie's shores in the north through Dover and New Philadelphia in the South. Along the way, ramble through the county park districts of Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties, including the National Park. Come explore our National Heritage Area - 110 Miles. Endless Possibilities. - just waiting for you. 

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    • Address: P.O. Box 609479
      Cleveland, Ohio 44109
    • Phone: Local Number: 330.860.0825
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  • Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

    The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Stark County provides 25 miles for hiking and biking, and more than 19 miles of horseback riding. The Stark County section is part of the 80+ mile Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area that connects Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, and Tuscarawas counties.   Begin your adventure at one of the 13 trailheads along the Stark County portion through the former canal villages of Canal Fulton, Massillon, and Navarre. Enjoy picnicking at Lock 4, Lake Avenue, John Glenn Grove, or Craig Pittman trailheads.  Fish along the canal at Lock 4 or in the parallel Tuscarawas River. A primitive campsite located at Bridgeport Quarry is available for hikers and bikers touring the Towpath Trail; it is available for one night only on a first-come, first-served basis.  Rides on the St. Helena III, a replica canal boat, are available in Canal Fulton’s St. Helena Heritage Park each summer.

    • Address: Western Stark County
      Canal Fulton/Massillon/Navarre, Ohio 44646
    • Phone: Local Number: 3304773552
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  • Salt Fork State Park

    Salt Fork State Park is located in Guernsey Co., 35 miles east of Zanesville. With more than 17,000 acres of woods and water, Salt Fork boasts plenty of room to roam. Enjoy golfing the 18-hole golf course. (Call pro shop for tee time.) Hike 14 miles of scenic hiking trails, or go horseback riding on 36 miles of bridle trails (bring your own horse). 

    Naturalist programs provide education and entertainment all summer. Visit the historic Kennedy Stone House, and explore Hosaks Cave. Both are worth the hike.

    2,952-acre Salt Fork Lake offers a sand swimming beach.  There is no horsepower limit on boating, and the marina offers fuel, boat & dock rental. Six ramps provide access. Fish from shore or the lake for walleye & muskie. Hunting is permitted in designated areas.

    The Resort Lodge features comfortable guest rooms, a dining room, meeting rooms, lounge, indoor/outdoor pools, fitness room. Two-bdrm. vacation cottages have kitchens, living/dining areas, bathroom, heat & A/C. Lakeside chalets offer hot tubs.

    The campground offers 192 campsites with electric hookups and 20 full-hookup sites with electric, sewer & water. Amenities are hot showers & modern restrooms. Pets are permitted on designated sites. A dog park is located near the nature center. Enjoy hassle-free camping in a Camper Cabin.
    Camping fees (weekends) range from $17/night to $27/night for non-electric/electric sites, and $36 for full hookup sites. Camper cabins are $45/night. Call 1-866-644-6727 for reservations. 

    For lodge & cottage reservations call 1-800-282-7275.

    • Address: 14755 Cadiz Road
      Lore City, Ohio 43755
    • Phone: Local Number: 7404393521
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  • Marietta-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Marietta , Ohio , is a picturesque river town with European ambiance. Located on the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers , Marietta was the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory , established in 1788. Its brick streets are lined with lush hardwood trees and opulent Victorian homes.Our city is always alive with activity, modern yet delightfully old. With lots of history, two waterways, and a bustling downtown, it's no wonder the Smithsonian Magazine ranked it as the #6 out of 20 best small towns to visit in 2014. National Geographic Magazine also voted it as one of the best places to live and best adventure town. The vibrant historic district offers many distinctive stores, antique shops, boutiques, and galleries, as well as several independent restaurants and cozy cafes.

    Historic sites and museums include Campus Martius, The Ohio River Museum, and The Castle. Harmar Village is linked to downtown Marietta by a historic turn style railroad bridge that is open to foot traffic. Harmar is home to historical museums, quaint antique shops, and a wide range of eateries.

    • Address: 119 Greene Street
      Marietta, Ohio 45750
    • Phone: Local Number: 740-373-5178
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  • The Bob Evans Farm

    Bob Evans, founder of our company, lived on the Bob Evans Farm in southeastern Ohio for nearly 20 years. He and his wife, Jewell, raised their six children in the large brick farmhouse known as the Homestead. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Homestead was once a stagecoach stop and an inn. Later, the Evans family opened The Sausage Shoppe in their front yard, which later became the first Bob Evans restaurant, still open today. The spirit of hospitality is deeply embedded in our company's history. Today, the Homestead serves as a company museum and historical center. The Farm also has many beautiful sights for visitors to explore – an old cistern where stage coach travelers watered their horses, an ancient Indian burial mound, a Revolutionary War cemetery where original settlers of the area are interred, several reconstructed historic cabins and a schoolhouse and lovely views of Raccoon Creek. Visitors may also enjoy a horseback ride on one of the property’s trails. Exciting events like the annual Bob Evans Farm Festival and Rio Grande Bean Dinner keep people coming back to the farm again and again. The Farm and Homestead Museum are open daily April 1 through Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    • Address: State Route 588
      Rio Grande, Ohio 45674
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 800-994-3276
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  • Shawnee State Park

    Located in the middle of the 65,000 acre Shawnee State Forest, is still just 13 minutes from downtown Portsmouth or 10 minutes from the Shawnee State Golf Course & Marina.

    A great place to bring students for a school outing. With a full time Naturalist on staff, nothing is better than having a classroom in the middle of Shawnee State Forest.

    • Address: 4404 B, State Route 125
      West Portsmouth, Ohio 45663
    • Phone: Local Number: 740-858-4561
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  • Paint Creek State Park

    Paint Creek State Park is located in Highland & Ross counties, about 20 miles southwest of Chillicothe. Hidden in the Paint Creek Valley, the lake invites nature lovers to relax in a natural setting. Try the disc golf course, hike 8 miles of nature trails, ride your horse on 25 miles of bridle trails, or mountain bike on 14 miles of trails. Picnic areas provide tables & grills. A reservable shelter is available. Nature center programs provide summer entertainment.

    1,200-acre Paint Creek Lake offers a sand beach. All boating is permitted w/no hp limit. Fuel, seasonal dock & boat rentals are available. Three launch ramps provide easy access. Fishing for bass & crappie is enjoyed from the shore, fishing pier, or the lake. Hunting permitted in designated areas & nearby wildlife area.
    The campground offers 197 campsites with electric hookups. Amenities are hot showers, modern restrooms, laundry facilities & mini golf. Pets are permitted on designated sites. Try hassle-free camping in a Camper Cabin. 

    Camping rates (weekends) range from $17/night to $27/night for non-electric/electric sites. Camper cabins are $50/night. Call 1-866-644-6727 for reservations.

    • Address: 14265 U.S. Route 50
      Bainbridge, Ohio 45612
    • Phone: Local Number: 9373651401
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  • Serpent Mound

    Atop a plateau overlooking the Brush Creek Valley, Serpent Mound is the largest and finest serpent effigy in the United States. Nearly a quarter of a mile long. Serpent Mound apparently represents an uncoiling serpent.

    In the late nineteenth-century Harvard University archaeologist Frederic Ward Putnam excavated Serpent Mound and attributed the creation of the effigy to the builders of the two nearby burial mounds, which he also excavated. We now refer to this culture as the Adena (800 BC-AD 100). A third burial mound at the park and a village site near the effigy's tail belong to the Fort Ancient culture (AD 1000-1550).A more recent excavation of Serpent Mound revealed wood charcoat that could be radiocarbon dated. Test results show that the charcoal dates to the Fort Ancient culture. This new evidence of the serpent's creators links the effigy to the elliptical mound and the village rather than the conical burial mounds.The head of the serpent is aligned to the summer solstice sunset and the colls also may point to the winter solstice sunrise and the equinox sunrise. Today, visitors may walk along a footpath surrounding the serpent and experience the mystery and power of this monumental effigy. A public park for more than a century, Serpent Mound attracts visitors from all over the world. The museum contains exhibits on the effigy mound and the geology of the surrounding area.

    • Address: 3850 State Route 73
      Peebles, Ohio 45660
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 752-2757
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  • SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

    SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park is an archaeological site and reconstructed Fort Ancient American Indian village that was inhabited almost 800 years ago. The on-site Interpretive Center offers an introductory film on the history and archaeological investigations at the site that led to the preservation and nomination of this site as a National Historic Landmark. The museum includes dioramas and displays of the archaeology and reconstruction of the site as well as exhibits of the artifacts recovered during the excavation of the site.

    Within the village feel free to browse through several houses and a surrounding stockade that have been reconstructed in the exact locations where archaeologists discovered evidence of these structures from the 13th century habitation of the site. Also, experience our restored native garden and prairie that surround the site. SunWatch also offers many unique programs for schools, scouts and home school groups.

    The SunWatch Store offers a wide variety of books on archaeology, American Indian cultures and crafts.  We also have a unique selection of American Indian arts including pottery, Katsina dolls, Navajo rugs, original paintings and prints, dreamcatchers, cds and flutes, as well as beaded, turquoise and silver jewelry.  For our younger visitors we have excavation and fossil kits, puzzles, stuffed animals and many educational gifts.

    • Address: 2301 West River Rd
      Dayton, Ohio 45417
    • Phone: Local Number: 9372688199
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  • Hueston Woods State Park

    Hueston Woods State Park is located in Butler & Preble Counties 1 hr. NW of Cincinnati. Hueston Woods has it all - big trees, rolling hills, lots of wildlife, a sparkling lake for boating, swimming and fishing, plus resort facilities.

    Play 18 holes of golf on the championship course, rent a sailboat or pontoon, hike on 10 miles of nature trails, or mountain bike on 12 miles of bike trails. A disc golf course and paintball range add to the fun. Go horseback riding on 18 miles of bridle trails, w/horse rental available. Meet the menagerie of injured/orphaned animals getting healthy at the nature center, and explore history at the pioneer museum. Nature programs & special events offered spring through fall.

    625-acre Acton Lake has a sand beach, accessible fishing pier & a marina with fuel, supplies, boat/dock rental. Hunting permitted in some areas. The Resort Lodge has fine dining, a lounge & indoor/outdoor pools. Vacation cottages have kitchen, living/dining areas, TV, full bath, heat & A/C. The campground has 254 electric sites & 193 non-electric sites, hot showers & flush restrooms. Pets permitted on some sites. Try a Camper Cabin or rent a Yurt.

    Camping rates (weekends) range from $20/night to $25/night for non-electric/electric sites. Yurts and Camper cabins are $45/night. Call 1-866-644-6727 for reservations in the campground.

    For lodge or cottage rates & reservations, call 1-888-711-4725.

    • Address: 6301 Park Office Road
      College Corner, Ohio 45003
    • Phone: Local Number: 5135236347
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  • Fort Recovery Museum & Monument

    In late 1791, a confederacy of Indian warriors led by Little Turtle and Blue Jacket surprised and overwhelmed an American army of about 1,600 men under Major General Arthur St. Clair at this site along the Wabash River. Well over half of St. Clair's troops were killed or wounded in this greatest of all Indian victories over American military forces.

    In December 1793, Major General Anthony Wayne sent a detachment to the site to begin a four-sided picketed post with a projecting blockhouse at each corner. Completed the following March, it was christened Fort Recovery to signify it was no longer under Indian control.

    On June 30, 1794, what is believed to be the largest-ever assemblage of Indian warriors east of the Mississippi River attacked the fort but were driven away by the American defenders. The confederacy never recovered from this set back, setting the stage for Wayne's final triumph at Fallen Timbers later that summer on August 20.

    Today the Fort Recovery State Memorial offers visitors a glimpse of the 1790s with two reconstructed blockhouses and connecting stockade wall, an obelisk monument, and newly renovated museum exhibits.

    • Address: One Fort Site Street
      Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 283-8920
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  • Big Bamboo's Dockside Grill

    "It's like traveling to the Keys" We are located on Ohio's Largest inland lake: Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina, Ohio. Big Bamboo's offers an abundance of seafood & landfood, including Crab cakes, Southern Fried Catfish, Fish-n-Chips, Calamari, Alligator, steamed mussels, Pasta, shrimp, in-house fresh cut Choice Steaks, and much more! We have a full liquor license, boat docks, live entertainment on the weekends & an atmosphere of pure Caribbean bliss! We aren't a stuffy bunch, just laid back, easy going and full of fun!!
    Call ahead for Hours- as We are a seasonal Restaurant & closed in the dead of Winter.
    The Restaurant will be available for Private functions during December- You can book the entire place for food, fun & Party! We can accomodate only 125 people total during this time as our upstairs will be closed for the cold months
    Like us on our Facebook page! "Big Bamboo's Dockside Grill" 

    • Address: 725 West Bank road
      Celina, Ohio 45822
    • Phone: Local Number: (567) 510-5308
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  • Destination Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Located on the Maumee River and the western shoreline of Lake Erie, Toledo offers an exciting array of attractions.
    Now open is the new Hollywood Casino Toledo on the banks of the Maumee River with easy access just off I-75 and adjacent to downtown Toledo featuring 2,000 slot machine, 60 table games and 20 poker tables, great restaurants and live entertainment on weekends. Don't miss the Toledo Zoo, one of Northwest Ohio's top attractions for more than 100 years.  Our hands-on science center, Imagination Station, immerses visitors of every age in a multi-sensory experience that’s as fun as it is educational. Enjoy first class concerts and live shows at Huntington Center in downtown Toledo, also home to Toledo Walleye Hockey. 

    Discover the Toledo Museum of Art, one of America's finest museums, the Glass Pavilion, or experience a Mud Hens game, Triple-A affiliate to Detroit Tigers.  Complete your visit at the legendary Tony Packo's Café, and don't forget Cedar Point is only one hour east of Toledo!

    For a free visitor packet, visit Destination Toledo CVB at   

    • Address: 401 Jefferson Ave.
      Toledo, Ohio 43604
    • Phone: Local Number: 4193216404
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