If you’re looking for unique treehouses in Ohio, look no further than The Mohicans. Home to the only treehouse village in the state with more treehouses on the horizon, I share my experience of the Tin Shed Treehouse, the newest and largest treehouse on the property.
Entering the Tin Shed treehouse is a bit of an adventure. One must first climb a 25-foot high spiral staircase before crossing a 100-foot extension bridge to reach the wrap around deck of the property.
For the faint of heart or those with a mild (or more) fear of heights, this is no easy feat, yet I can attest that after the first time, it gets easier. Besides, the reward of spending a night in a treehouse forces one to face their fears and trudge on.
And for those whose sense of adventure does not include such a grand entry, The Mohicans have other options available when it comes to treehouses. But I would caution you not to discount the Tin Shed yet. It’s pretty spectacular!
I was immediately at home upon entering the Tin Shed Treehouse. With living space downstairs and a loft upstairs with not one, but two, queen-size beds, this treehouse can accommodate up to four guests.
The reclaimed wood of various colors and textures and metal industrial components add a modern, yet comfortable feel.
Every inch of the treehouse was designed with functionality in mind. The small, but capable galley kitchen area features a mini-fridge, hot plate, toaster oven, pots, pans, plates, glassware and silverware for four- everything you need to prepare and serve your favorite meal among the trees. You’ll also find complimentary coffee and tea to help you wake up in the morning or stave off the chill of a winter day, or a cool spring or summer evening.
The furnishings in the living area include two chairs, a coffee table, and an incredibly comfy leather sofa sized perfectly for two. Can you say cuddles? You’ll find books on the end tables to enjoy during the stay and accessories like decorative throw pillows, warm throw blankets, and a cow print rug to make the treehouse cozy with a touch of home.
A counter-height table and bench stools fit along a wall with a large window that provides plenty of light and views of the surrounding landscape. While my husband kicked back on the sofa and watched a movie on the wall-mounted TV, I sat gazing out across the woods typing some thoughts on my laptop. If I lived in the treehouse (yes, that is how much I LOVE this property), this spot would be my work spot when the weather wasn’t warm enough for me to work from the deck.
You won’t find cable or wi-fi at The Mohicans and depending on your cell phone carrier, you may not have phone service either. Our provider is Verizon and it worked perfectly in the Tin Shed but was limited in the Old Pine Treehouse and the Killbuck Cabin, but the limited, or lack of service didn’t bother my husband or me. We were there to escape for the evening and we were prepared with a couple Redbox movies before heading to the treehouse.
A sliding barn door leads to a narrow bathroom with toilet, sink, and a ceramic-tiled shower. You’ll also find an outdoor shower on the porch. Hand soap and towels are provided, but you will want to pack your desired shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletries.
The loft is accessed by a built-in wooden ladder that leads to the bedroom. A large picture window and slanted roofline makes the space feel open. There are also two smaller windows on the side which can be opened if you’d like to listen to the night sounds. The beds and bed linens, down comforters and duvets, are amazing, ensuring you’ll have an amazing night sleep.
During the summer, the living space extends outdoors as a wall on the main floor that is made from a garage door opens onto the deck with views of the surrounding treetops. I really wanted to try this feature but decided it wasn’t appropriate for January, even if it was unseasonably warm.
My husband and I had arrived right at check-in and after getting settled, we took a walk around the property. There are six other treehouse cabins at The Mohicans which include the White Oak Treehouse and the Little Red Treehouse which were both built by Discovery Channel’s “Treehouse Masters” star of the show, Pete Nelson.
The Little Red Treehouse was originally built as the Mohican Treehouse Brewery and featured on the show but has since been modified to accommodate overnight stays.
Other treehouses include the Old Pine Treehouse, Moonlight Treehouse and the Nest Treehouse for a romantic treehouse getaway. Each treehouse is unique and sleeps between two to four people.
Read my review of the Old Pine Treehouse here.
Tips for staying at the Tin Shed Treehouse
- Check the website frequently and don’t give up if you don’t see any availability. The property is often reserved for wedding parties who get first dibs on the cabins and treehouses. If they’re not reserved for the wedding party, reservations may open up.
- Pack light. To enter the treehouse, you’ll climb a 25-foot tall spiral staircase and cross a suspension bridge. You probably don’t want to haul a million bags up the steps and across the bridge- coming from someone who overpacks as a rule. A duffel bag or backpack is going to be a better option than lugging a suitcase.
- Remember there is no cable, phone or wi-fi so be prepared with a great book, a deck of cards, game, rent a few movies, or take a walk if you plan to stay onsite during your stay.
- Read all the details that you receive with your reservation. If traveling during the winter, be aware that the roads leading to The Mohicans are narrow and some are dirt roads. The Mohicans also recommend 4-wheel drive. While we didn’t need it to reach the Tin Shed, it would have been helpful for our stay at the Killbuck Cabin which has a steeper drive leading to it.
- Plan to arrive during daylight hours or pack a flashlight if you’ll arrive after dark.
- Familiarize yourself with the amenities in each treehouse. While they are similar, they are not entirely the same. For instance, the Old Pine Treehouse has a microwave while the Tin Shed had a toaster oven instead which can determine what, if anything, you plan to cook in the treehouse.
- While the loft is roomy, getting to it (and the sleeping quarters) does require climbing straight up a wooden ladder. If you have mobility issues that may hinder you, you may consider another treehouse as an option or one of the cabins on the property.
Things to do near The Mohicans
- Explore downtown Loudonville. Shop, stop in the historical museum and stroll past the Workman cabin on the square or visit the grist mill on the edge of town.
- Spend time outdoors at the Mohican State Park/Forest. I’ve written about a couple of the hiking trails, the Discovery Trail and Pleasant Hill Trail here and here’s a glimpse of the Big Lyons Falls.
- Loudonville is known as the canoe capital of Ohio and Mohican Adventures & Canoe Livery is nearby. You’ll find canoes, kayaks and a few rafts to rent as well. You can also hang out in the rope course.
- Ohio’s Amish Country is a short drive away and offers plenty to see and do.
- If you enjoy visiting covered bridges, drive a short distance to the Bridge of Dreams and walk along the Rails to Trails.
- Drive along the Wally Road Scenic Byway and enjoy ziplining with Tree Frog Canopy Tours.
- Visit Malabar Farm State Park- this post shares 15 things you can do there and then grab a bite to eat at Malabar Farm Restaurant for amazing, fresh, local food.
If you’re looking for a unique treehouse glamping experience, consider adding these treehouses in Ohio to your bucket list. You won’t be disappointed! But don’t take my word for it. Read what other guests have had to say on TripAdvisor.
Find out more and book your stay at The Mohicans.
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