The view from the top of Big Lyons Falls
Summer is quickly winding to a close. One more month and the kids will be heading back to school and it won’t be long before cooler temperatures set in and another year is behind us. Now is the time to plan a vacation that won’t break the bank, yet provides plenty of fun for families, couples, solo travelers and groups of friends. The Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio is ready to welcome you to the Loudonville area to explore- whether you have a few days mid-week, are planning a weekend getaway or are looking for a full-blown vacation using this area as a springboard to nearby Mansfield (home of the Shawshank Trail) or Ohio’s Amish Country, the Mohican area is waiting for you and I have a few free ideas to help you plan your getaway.
5 Free Things to do in the Mohican Area
Parks & Trails – The Mohican State Park and Mohican-Memorial State Forest enable hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and cyclists to enjoy the hiking trails, mountain bike trails and horse trails for free. There are over 100 miles of trails available to everyone in Mohican so you can explore the popular Big or Little Lyons Falls Trail, or for a trail that’s less busy, start at the Covered Bridge and hike to the Fire Tower.
The Ohio Memorial Shrine pays tribute to Ohioans lost in battle.
Nature Programs – The Mohican State Park Naturalist provides free, weekly programs and hikes that are open to the public. Learn about the diversity of life that is native to Mohican, while having fun at the same time.
The view from the Gorge Overlook, a popular spot within the Mohican State Park.
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane– The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum offers free admission to explore Mohican area’s unique history and its individuals that help put Mohican on the map. Don Purcell’s Carvings & Artwork is a featured exhibit. Born in 1938, butcher turned full-time artisan, Purcell turned his hobby of drawing into woodworking when challenged to make a rocking horse for his granddaughter. Instead, he created a carrousel horse and the woodworking continued to create birds and other animals. Check out this exquisite exhibit from now until Mid-October.
Year-Round Events & Festivals– The majority of the Mohican events have no entry fee. Pleasant Hill Lake Park offers free canoeing and kayaking on Pleasant Hill Lake this summer. In fall, return for the Free Loudonville Street Fair, Fall Foliage Drive-It-Yourself Tour and more. Visit DiscoverMohican.com for a listing of the events.
The view from the lobby of the Mohican State Park Lodge overlooking the Pleasant Hill Lake.
Mohican State Park Lodge– You don’t have to pay for a stay at Mohican State Park Lodge to enjoy the free public programs that are offered year round. The Live Birds of Prey program from the folks at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary is always a hit and takes place every Saturday, now through November. You’ll see the birds up close and personal while learning about their diets and more. The Mohican State Park Naturalist also holds programs that appeal to all ages, and yes, it’s free. Paved pathways allow guests or visitors to enjoy a hike throughout the property that overlooks Pleasant Hill Lake.
Inside the rooms at the Mohican State Park Lodge.
These free activities allow room in your budget to choose the perfect place to stay. After a day on the trails or canoeing down the river couples can return to a luxurious castle suite at Landoll’s Mohican Castle. Families will find plenty of indoor entertainment, including a game room, indoor and outdoor pool and programs at the Mohican State Park Lodge. Outdoor enthusiasts may enjoy camping in a camper cabin, tent or family cabin. Yet other options in the area include B & B’s, an inn, private home rentals and even treehouses. There truly is something for everyone. Spend the rest of vacation exploring the Mohican area- canoeing, fishing, zip lining, conquering the aerial adventure park and so much more.
Have you been to the Mohican area? What activities have you enjoyed?
Thank you to Discover Mohican for providing the post idea.
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