An Outdoor Adventure in Ohio
Plan your next trip to Ohio and experience an outdoor extravaganza. From Akron to Chillicothe, and Mason to Mansfield, you'll be exposed to wide world of hikes, golf courses, nature trails, and winter fun.
Spring and summer in Ohio means the sun is out, the grass is green, and there's a whole lot to see. Check out some of these excellent seasonal outdoor activities.
Hiking the many trails through outdoor Ohio can prove to be exhilarating, scenic, and unforgettable. Make your way to Oak Hill and check out Jackson Lake State Park. Once there, be sure to hike the trails, guiding in and around the wooded areas, and yielding unmatched views of Jackson Lake.
When you visit Athens, be sure to spend some time exploring Strouds Run State Park, where you'll have access to a wide range of hiking trails. In all, there are 46 different hiking and walking trails at Strouds Run – Lakeview Trail is the longest at seven miles, and Sundown Trail measures in at 6.6 miles. Some of the trails take right to the shore of Dow Lake.
Wolf Run State Park is in Caldwell and consistently proves to be one of the premier hiking destinations in the state. With stunning views of Wolf Run Lake, these hiking trails are a must – Buckeye Trail measures in at 3.5 miles long, while the Lakeview Trail is only 1.5 miles, but does take you right up to the shore.
Enjoy a day at the zoon in SK
Be sure you bring your clubs along for the ride this spring or summer – the golf in Ohio is quality. Just outside of Cleveland, in Columbia Station, check out either the Royal Crest Golf Course or the Hickory Nut Golf Club.
When you pass through Cincinnati, don't miss the California Golf Course, one of the premier public courses in the state. Reeves Golf Course is another excellent choice in Cincinnati – opned in 1965, it's 18 holes.
You'll want to reserve a tee time soon for Forrest Creason Golf Course in Bowling Green. Open to the public, Forrest Creason is 18 holes, a par-72, and plays to a max distance of 6,497 yards.
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In what many consider to be a summer tradition, amusement parks offer a wealth of fun fit for the whole family. In Sandusky, you can't miss out on a day spent at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Northwest Ohio yields all the fun of rides, food, entertainment, and prizes – all at Cedar Point. There are three water rides, 21 family rides, and 15 thrill rides.
Make you way to Mason in southern Ohio and check out Kings Island. This 364-acre amusement park opened in 1972 and has been thrilling families since. Don't miss Planet Snoopy – the whole park opens in mid-April.
Make the most of your fall or winter visit to Ohio. You'll find excellent skiing areas, and some very unique ice carving demonstrations.
Ice fishing with the family in SK
Hit the slopes this winter in Ohio when visit some of the very best skiing areas in the state. Your first stop should be Mad River Mountain, northwest of Columbus. The largest ski and snowtubing destination in Ohio, Mad River Mountain is home to Kicker Lane, Capital Park, and Momentum – all excellent terrain parks on the mountain.
Visit Mansfield and make the short drive to either Snow Trails Winter Resort, or the always popular Rush Park Ski Area at Clear Fork. It Rush Park features six jumps, and six different downhill areas.
Almost directly between Akron and Cleveland is Boston Mills Brandywine – 88 acres for you to explore on skis, and a lift capacity of nearly 20,000 skiers per hour.
Annual Winter Hike
Each January (typically later in the month), hikers and cross-country skiers from across the state embark on a six-mile challenge through the snowy terrain of the Hocking Hills. The Annual Winter Hike takes you from Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave. You'll pass by icy waterfalls and sandstone rock formations on this adventurous hike. The hike departs from Hocking Hills State Park Campground.
In December, make your way to the Toledo Zoo, where you and the family will be in awe of the ice-carving demonstrations. Beginning at 7pm each Thursday in December, these talented ice-carvers saw, chip, scrape and mold giant blocks of ice into stunning statues. The ice-carving also takes place during Winter Weekends, which last through the end of February.