Are you undecided about what to do when we have a nice day? Maybe I can help! Today, I’m sharing what I consider some of the best outdoor attractions in Ohio.”
Ohio is full of amazing outdoor attractions and adventure opportunities. Because of the four distinct seasons we have in Ohio, you can find year-round adventure. We have no shortage of parks and trails to explore during the nice weather, plus ice fishing, and snow sports for winter.
When I sat down to write a post on the greatest outdoor attractions in Ohio, it was difficult to decide which ones to include, because it seems like the list is simply never-ending!
Ohio is home to over 70 state parks, over 100 nature preserves and we even have a national park- but that’s not the best part! Unlike many other states, you’ll find all of Ohio’s state parks are free of charge. That’s right. FREE. If you ask me, that’s one reason to put Ohio on your list of states to explore.
So, are you ready to learn more about the great outdoors in Ohio? Read on.
The Best Outdoor Attractions in Ohio
1. Hocking Hills
You’re probably not surprised to find this area at the top of the list.
The Hocking Hills region is very well known and has received national (and international) attention. It is located in the southeastern part of the state and features countless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
You will find ample hiking opportunities, campsites, canoeing, zip-lining, rock climbing, off-road Segways and so much more! New to the area in 2018 is the John Glenn Astronomy Park.
Find more content on the area here: Hocking Hills
2. Mohican State Park and Forest
The area around the Mohican State Park and Forest is known as the canoe capital of Ohio but don’t worry! If the thought of a relaxing paddle down the Mohican River doesn’t appeal to you, you’ll find plenty of other options that include an awesome adventure ropes course at Mohican Adventures, loads of camping spots, zip-lining, hiking, bridle trails and more. For those who enjoy nature by day but prefer luxurious accommodations by night, you’ll find Landoll’s Mohican Castle and The Mohicans Treehouse Village nearby.
Get more details here: Mohican State Park
3. Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Located near Cleveland, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park includes 33,000 acres of natural wonders and outdoor adventuring paradise.
With amazing rock formations, over 150 miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, golf courses, historical sites, and even a train that runs through the park. You’ll stay busy and have a wonderful time near some of Ohio’s largest metropolitan areas.
Get more details here: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
4. Ohio’s Wine Country
Okay, we can call this one an indoor/outdoor attraction because yes, you will go inside of wineries, but you will be spending a lot of time in vineyards too.
Did you know that Ohio has quite an extensive wine country? Many do not, but in Northeastern Ohio, you will find over 20 wineries!
If you are a wine connoisseur, or, if you just love beautiful scenery, you’ll find a visit to Ohio’s wine country a treat.
Get more details here: Ohio’s Wine Country
5. Lake Erie
You knew we couldn’t make this list without listing Lake Erie on it, right? Lake Erie is the 4th largest lake of the great lakes, and the 11th largest lake (if measured by surface area) of all lakes globally. That is a really big deal!
There are so many things to do around Lake Erie, you’d be hard-pressed not to stay entertained while visiting the lakeshore.
Get more details here: Lake Erie
6. Covered Bridges
Did you know that in Ashtabula county you can find 17 restored, historic covered bridges?
That Fairfield County has the most original covered bridges in the state?
A driving tour of these covered bridges is a beautiful way to spend the day.
7. Leo Petroglyphs
Yep. You read that right. Ohio has petroglyphs. Who knew, right?
My husband and I recently stopped at the Leo Petroglyphs & Nature Preserve on a van camping trip. To say I was shocked at this unique, historical attraction in southeastern Ohio is an understatement.
The short hiking trail is scenic and pretty even in February (though a bit slippery in spots so pack your trekking poles or walking stick) and the petroglyphs are exquisite.
This is even a great stop for those who don’t like to hike, as the petroglyphs are visible beside the parking lot.
The only caution I have is that the park is remote and there are no restrooms on-site so make sure you go before this stop.
Get more details here: Leo Petroglyphs & Nature Preserve
8. The Wilds
If a day spent with exotic animals sounds like fun to you, then head to The Wilds and don’t forget your camera! You’ll see giraffes, rhinos, and other exotic wild animals throughout the 10,000+ acre wildlife conservation center.
You will see hundreds of animal species, including animals that have made their way to the endangered species list.
The Wilds offers you the chance to ride through and see the animals from the comfort of a safari bus.
The really adventurous can also experience The Wilds via horseback, zip lining, or a private tour.
Get more details here: The Wilds
9. Worden Ledges
I was enchanted the day my husband and I explored Worden Ledges for the first time.
A short, easy walk leads to what I consider, one of the most magical trails in Ohio.
You certainly must see the carvings for yourself to truly appreciate the works of art that were carved by the man who once lived in the home that was formerly on the property.
Get more details here: Worden Ledges
BONUS: Cedar Point Amusement Park
Okay, while most of our outdoor attractions so far have been natural areas, we couldn’t have an outdoor attractions list without mentioning Cedar Point amusement park.
Cedar Point is one of Ohio’s most popular attractions. Here you will find record-breaking roller coasters, a water park, live entertainment, and more!
Plus, it’s right on the shores of Lake Erie so the views from the tops of those rides are unbelievable!
Get more details here: Cedar Point
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