Step Outside - Ohio WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 http://stepoutside.org/ Step Outside - Ohio 144 144 http://stepoutside.org/ https://cdnstep-americantownscom.netdna-ssl.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:11:53 -0500 7 Best Ski Destinations for Families in Ohio Ohio is home to a number of skiing areas—without the lengthy lift lines you might encounter in other states. Whether you’re a novice or pro, there are plenty of ski resorts that offer slopes with varying levels of difficulty and all the amenities you need for a fun family ski trip. Here are the seven best ski destinations for families in Ohio.

Alpine Valley is a ski resort in the heart of Ohio’s snowbelt just 35 miles away from downtown Cleveland. The area is known to get more natural snowfall than other ski areas and it is also the only resort with wooded trails. Spanning across 72 acres, the resort features plenty of terrain and slopes. At the Alpine Valley ski resort, expert visitors can find a halfpipe, but there is also a snow tube park, three intermediate slopes, and six difficult slopes for all levels. Additionally, there is a cafeteria, lounge, and rental facilities. 

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The Boston Mills Ski Resort is located just five minutes from another popular ski resort, Brandywine. At Boston Mills, skiers can find plenty of slopes to enjoy, even at night. For the more advanced skiers, Boston Mills is also home to the steepest slope in the state, the Tiger run. 

Brandywine is the sister ski area of Boston Mills and has one of the greatest lift capacities in the state, supporting 20,000 people per hour. Brandywine also features a tubing park named Polar Blast which features up to 20 lanes that stretch over three football fields in length. Polar Blast also has its own lifts so visitors do not have to walk back to the top of the hill.

Mad River Mountain is Ohio’s largest ski resort and located just a short drive from Columbus. The ski resort covers more than 144 acres with two terrain parks and a tubing park. The trails are also divided by difficulty, with four trails reserved for expert skiers only. The sheer size of Mad River Mountain allows for a number of programs and terrains that cannot be found anywhere else in the Midwest. 

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The Snow Trails ski resort opened in 1961 as Ohio’s first ski resort ever. At 1,475 feet, it is also home to the highest elevation in the state. Snow Trails resort offers 60 acres of trails with varying degrees of difficulty. There’s also a tubing park if the three terrain parks aren’t for you. A ski shop and cafeteria are also on site for everything you need for a day on the slopes. 

Clear Fork is a smaller ski resort with six chair lifts and two surface tows. Clear Fork features nine trails which are split evenly between novice, intermediate, and advanced levels of difficulty. Snowboarders will also find a terrain park at the complex.

As part of the Cleveland Ski Club , Big Creek is located just 35 minutes from downtown Cleveland and it is the only ski club in Ohio with its own hill. The club is family-oriented with free instructions for members’ children, a cozy chalet, and some non-skiing parties and festivities. 

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10 Best Ski and Snowboard Stores in Ohio When it comes to planning a winter adventure, skiing and snowboarding are right at the top of outdoor enthusiasts’ lists. The best way to experience skiing and snowboarding is with top-of-the-line gear and Ohio’s awesome local shops have just that. Not only will you find your favorite brands from Burton to Salomon, but you’ll be welcomed by an expert staff who will guide you to start your adventure off right. Here are the 10 best ski and snowboard stores in the state! 

Village Ski & Snowboard is Northeast Ohio’s premier ski and snowboard shop that carries all of the merchandise you need to get the most out of the winter season. Stop in to upgrade your gear and get some expert advice.

Aspen Ski and Board is a premier skiing and snowboarding shop with many years of experience and countless customers served. Not only does the shop offer gear from all of the top brands, but they also offer repair, installation, and tune up services.

Family-owned Ferdl Aster Ski Shop in Chesterland carries clothing, accessories, and all of the equipment you might need to go skiing or snowboarding in Ohio. Feral Aster Ski Shop carries name brand gear like Blizzard, Head, LINE, Salomon, and many others.

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Buckeye Sports Center in Peninsula carries one of the largest selections of ski and snowboard equipment in the country. This ultimate outdoors store carries all of the accessories and gear you need to hit the slopes. They also provide complete ski and snowboard repair services.

Snow Trails is only a short drive from Cleveland or Columbus, and is Ohio’s first commercial ski resort for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. In addition to its parks, Snow Trails also features rentals and a gear shop in case you need or forget anything while you’re enjoying some time on the slopes! 

The Ski Chalet & Treasure Cove Scuba, a local shop in Niles owned by a skier and a diver, provides everything lovers of skiing, snowboarding, and scuba diving need to participate in these sports. Brands they carry include LINE, Burton, and Roxy. The Ski Chalet also offers tune ups and other repair services.

Valleywood Ski and Snowboard Shop has been in operation for the last 25 years. This family-owned and operated business specialized in providing you with the right equipment and clothing for skiing and snowboarding. 

For anything related to skiing, without the hassle of visiting a big store, make your way to Tolerton Ski Shack in Alliance. This friendly local shop provides top skiing gear at affordable prices.

Mountain Man Sports in Toledo is any skier’s ideal destination for high-quality snow sports gear and accessories. Come in for a great selection of gear or rent your own downhill and cross-country ski sets.

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At Colorado MTN Sports in Hilliard, the selection of ski boots, bindings, and gear is excellent, but moreover, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Make this locally-owned ski and board shop your first stop before hitting the snow this winter!

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10 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Ohio In the dead of winter, a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors is always welcome. However, if the thought of roughing it in a tent gives you the chills, then a cozy winter cabin might be the way to go. Here are 10 of the best winter cabin camping spots in Ohio.

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan is the perfect alternative to winter camping in Ohio. Located in a peaceful setting, you’ll find several lodging cabins and cottages to choose from. Each cabin is designed so you can enjoy a dose of nature with modern amenities. 

What’s better than a cozy cabin to escape the cold? A cozy cabin with a hot tub! At Oakwood Cabins in New Plymouth, you can enjoy a large hot hub, gas log fireplace, and a fully-equipped kitchen to make your winter getaway a memorable one.

The view from Ash Ridge Cabins is wonderful any time of the year. However, it’s especially amazing during the winter months. At Ash Ridge Cabins, you can relax in a steaming hot hub, cozy up by the fireplace, or sit on the porch and enjoy a hot cup of coffee at one of the many gorgeous cabins available.

For another warm and cozy cabin option, check out Lazy Lane Cabins in Logan. These comfortable cabins are located right near Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man’s Cave, and Ash Cave so you can enjoy a winter hike to see the frozen waterfalls and still hike back to a warm bed in the evening.

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There’s nothing like beautiful fresh snow and you can enjoy it with a stay at one of Cherry Ridge Retreat’s luxury cabins. Located on 140 acres, these cabins are secluded, and offer a fireplace as well as everything else you might need to relax and keep warm in style. 

Experience total relaxation in the beautiful woods at Evergreen Place cabins. These cabins are located near a number of Hocking Hills attractions and provide everything you—and up to seven of your family members or friends—need to enjoy a winter escape. 

Blackfork Cabins in Perrysville offers rustic, unique cabins that any outdoor enthusiast will appreciate. During the winter months, stay cozy in one of the many cabins while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Mohican country.

The Chalets broke ground in 1988 and are home to some of the first cabins in the Hocking Hills area. With over 50 beautiful and comfortable cabins, there’s plenty of space for you to relax while surrounded by nature. 

Mohican Pines Cabin Rentals is the perfect place to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature. Cozy up to the fire at one of the gorgeous cabins available for rent. Mohican Pines is an easy drive from Loudonville, Butler, Perrysville, and Ashland.

Buffalo Lodging Company offers a number of cozy cabins perfect for couples or small families as well as a few larger cabins that can hold 2-3 families. Every cabin is well-equipped with fresh decor, hot tubs, and outdoor fire pits, making this the perfect winter retreat.

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7 Best Cross-Country Skiing Spots in Ohio Looking for a great place to enjoy the rush of cross-country skiing in Ohio? You’ve come to the right place. Many of the state parks in Ohio offer cross-country skiing on hundreds of trails during the winter months and each park offers a unique experience. Here are seven awesome cross-country skiing spots in Ohio to check out this winter. 

Findley State Park covers a sprawling 838-acre forest of stately pines and gorgeous scenery all year round. The scenic hiking trails also make the ideal setting for cross-country skiing. Approximately five miles of trails are available for cross-country skiing when the ground is covered with snow. 

Eighteen reservations spanning more than 23,000 acres make up the Cleveland Metroparks. With more than 300 miles of trails of varying difficulty, this is also a spectacular place to cross-country ski during the winter months. Cross-country skiing is also permitted on the fairways and rough areas of the surrounding golf courses where you can catch golden sunrises over Lake Erie! 

At Lorain County Metro Parks, cross-country skiing is allowed for anyone who has their own skis and enjoys the scenic views during the winter. Additionally, cross-country skiing is also permitted at the Forest Hills Golf Course and the Schoepfle Garden when there is at least three inches of snow on the ground. 

Quail Hollow Park spans over 700 acres across rolling meadows, pine woods, and a marsh. Scenic trails and gardens provide a variety of natural experiences for outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels. Cross-country skiers can enjoy the bridle trails of the park when at least four inches of snow is on the ground. Gear rentals are also available by the hour.

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There are plenty of opportunities to cross-country ski at Lake Metroparks. But to start, head to Chapin Forest Reservation, where skis and snowshoes are available for rent, and hit the trails any time of day—the park turns on the lights at night! Then, head to Girdled Road Reservation, where you’ll find nine kilometers of mostly flat, but a bit challenging, cross-country skiing terrain. Each area offers a different, but exciting, experience. 

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Lake Milton State Park lies in the Appalachian Plateau in Ohio and is home to a great variety of plants, animals, and forests. For nature lovers, there are 1.25 miles of trails available for cross-country skiing when the ground is frozen and covered with snow. 

Headlands Beach State Park located near Cleveland is one of the most popular parks in the summer time. During the winter months though, the 1.5-mile Buckeye Trail is available for cross-country skiers to enjoy when there is snow on the ground. 

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10 Best Apres Ski Activities in Ohio A weekend filled with skiing might seem like the perfect winter getaway, but let’s be honest: most folks run out of ski power before they run out of time. So, what’s next? These 10 best apres ski activities in Ohio are perfect for recuperating with friends and family after you’re done on the slopes. 

If you’re skiing at Alpine Valley, you’ll want to head to the Snowbelt Saloon and join the party. Their shot-skis are famous, giving everyone in your group a chance to drink from the shot-laden ski. It’s nothing short of epic!

After shredding in the valley, head to this cozy tavern for a hot meal and a cold drink. Located just minutes from Alpine Valley, their barbecue has the best texture and taste for a meal you’ll want to savor. This place is the perfect spot to slow down after a high-speed day of skiing, and the aroma throughout will make you want to linger longer.

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This boutique winery is certain to thaw you after a frosty day on the slopes at Alpine Valley. Grab a seat and start sampling their handcrafted wines and relax in the company of your friends and family. They’ve crafted a gourmet appetizer menu that pairs well with their wines, so you can get the best of food and drink in a single sitting. 

The Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort gives you a whole new way to enjoy the snow and slopes, but this time it’s without much effort on your part. Their Polar Blast snowtubing is fun for all ages, giving you thrills and chills as you zoom down the snowy hills. You can buy multi-hour or all-day sessions, or grab a season pass for unlimited fun all season. It’s the largest tubing park in Ohio!

This top-rated spa is perfect to soothe your sore skiing muscles. This spacious, private spa suite gives you luxury with every service, perfect for couples or individuals who want to escape life’s stresses for awhile. Less than 30 minutes from the Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort, it’s completely worth the trip. 

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Snow Trails ski resort takes snow tubing to a whole new level with their Glow Tubing adventure. This nighttime glow-in-the-dark tubing experience sends you down snow hills under the soft glow of neon lights. You’ll want to book in advance since slots are limited and sell out quickly. 

Known as an apres ski hot spot, this little snack bar and beverage station is warm and inviting with its huge indoor fireplace and dark wood interior. They have live music every Saturday (and some Fridays, too!), and all the beer you could want. 

If you’re looking for more than just booze and food, you’ll want to head to the Phoenix Brewing Company. This place is located in historic Mansfield in a former mortuary and offers a warm, inviting ambiance that’s perfect for a night on the town. Their handcrafted beers pair well with the live music and other entertainment, plus you can fill a growler to go. 

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If you’re leaving Snow Trails ski area in search of respite from the snow, you’ll won’t have to go far to find this gem. They’re known for their creative cocktails and authentic pizza that will warm you from the inside out. They regularly have live music to keep you entertained, so plan to sit and stay awhile.

If you’ve wrapped up your skiing at Mad River Mountain, head to Bellefontaine for some good brews and hot food. Voted the best craft beer bar in Ohio, you can reconnect with your group as you savor their better-than-bar food and stunning drink menu. They’re open late on the weekends so you can get your party on ‘til midnight!

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Weekend Winter Getaway in Hocking Hills State Park For a relaxing, back-to-nature weekend in the state of Ohio, look no further than inside the Hocking Hills State Park, located outside of the quintessential small town of Logan, Ohio. Enjoy the wide variety of activities this small town has to offer, including the beautiful park itself, winter hiking and horseback riding, and even a train ride. Here’s how to enjoy a winter weekend getaway at Hocking Hills. 

Hocking Hills State Park is massive at just over 9,000 acres and takes visitors into the past while connecting them with the possible future. See the giant sandstone cliffs carved 300 million years ago and the remains of birch and hemlock trees which are roughly 400-500 years-old. Today the forest serves multiple purposes including timber harvesting, outdoor recreation and in some areas, hunting as well as rock climbing, making it the perfect outdoor destination for all four seasons.

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Enjoy the beauty of Hocking Hills State Park by camping in one of several different cabins. From luxury campus to treehouses, there is something for everyone including your four-legged friends! There are five separate sections to choose from, including Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs and Rock House. Each cabin is designed with rustic, yet modern features and has views for days of the mountains, the forest, caves, and more. Many of the cabins are also pet friendly, so feel free to bring Fido along as well! 

Start your morning with a brisk hike through the forest to Ash Cave, one of the largest and most impressive recessed caves in all of Ohio, measuring at 90 feet-high, 700 feet-wide and 100 feet-deep. It got its name after a huge pile of ashes was found under the shelter by early settlers. The trail to the cave is easy terrain for those less experienced and is also handicap accessible and features a narrow gorge lined with gorgeous hemlocks, impressive beech trees and in the summer, some of the most gorgeous flowers and other wild plants. 

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Though winter conditions cover most of the Ohio area, it’s still a great time for fishing! Perhaps even ice fishing in some areas. Rose Lake, also known as Hocking Hills Reservoir, is a popular fishing destination for locals and visitors alike. The lake is located just outside of Old Man’s Cave and has the most spectacular views, perfect for a day spent on the lake, fishing and reconnecting with yourself and with nature. 

Nothing says winter adventure like off-roading through the wilderness! Feel yourself soaring across the terrain, the wind whistling past and the roar of an ATV or OHV as they’re often referred to. The R Adventure Park in Logan is a popular off-roading destination for beginners and experts alike. They are also the only ATV rental location in Ohio. Before each ride, visitors go through a complete orientation to learn the correct riding methods and being fitted for a helmet and other proper gear. There are 14 miles to choose from and can either be ridden solo or with a guide. 

Before setting out on your next outdoor adventure, it’s recommended to visit the town’s nearest outdoor sporting goods store for supplies. The Rocky Outdoor Gear Store in Nelsonville is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike for all things outdoor gear. The store carries brands including Carhartt, Woolrich, and everything from boots to hiking and hunting supplies, camping equipment and even home décor. 

Sometimes the best way to take in the scenery is by exploring the area the old fashion way: on horseback. The Equestrian Ridge Farm provides seasoned equestrian enthusiasts and beginners alike with a delightful trail ride through the wilderness on well trained, gentle horses trained to respond to the rider’s control. All rides include a mini basic lesson for those who have never ridden before, and there are a variety of trails to choose from, including the Four Seasons Trail Ride and the Hilltops & Hollers, which is a great ride for first-timers, taking you riding through meadows, hilltops, and wooded hillsides. 

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Going on vacation of course means visiting some of the local shops in the area! With Christmas rapidly approaching, now is the time to start shopping. The Christmas Treasures shop is Christmas all day, every day. They carry a wide variety of wreaths, chimes, cookie stamps, puppets, imported tea, enameled ornaments, sweatshirts, and so much more! Whatever your Christmas decorating need, you’re sure to find it here! And, you may also see Santa himself from time as the Christmas Treasures is a destination favorite of our jolly old fellow. 

No matter your destination, it’s always a good idea to take in some of the local history and what better way than to explore some of the museums that the city has to offer? In Logan, there are two unique museums worth checking out: Columbus Washboard Company and the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum. The Columbus Washboard Company has been in business since the late 1800s, specializing in old fashioned washboards (for both washing and playing) and offering high quality home cleaning supplies. The company is the only washboard manufacturing company still operating in the United States, and each product is assembled by hand by locally skilled craftsmen. There’s nothing quite like it! Another unique site to see in Logan is the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum. Yes, an actual museum dedicated solely to those old fashion pencil sharpeners, and not just the ones you used in school or bought at the store! The museum has an impressive collection of over 3,400 pencil sharpeners and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors! From cannons to violins, old fashion cash registers and more! 

After a long day filled with fun and adventure, be sure to stop into the Olde Dutch Restaurant, a family friendly restaurant featuring authentic, homemade, delicious, mouthwatering Amish food. The food is buffet style and contains selections of marinated broasted chicken, homestyle meat loaf, roast turkey, and a huge ice cream dessert bar, featuring over a dozen different flavors to choose from! They also have whole pies available to go, including blueberry, blackberry, and Dutch apple!

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SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Hocking Hills State Park Any time is the perfect time of year to hit the road and soak in the beauty of Ohio’s state parks. Whether you’re looking to book a cabin space or simply spend the day exploring, the scenic Hocking Hills State Park is an excellent site for adventure. Find towering cliffs, incredible caves, and exciting nearby attractions. Here are all the great things to do in and around Hocking Hills State Park. 

If you’re in Ohio and looking for a great weekend getaway, then make your way to Hocking Hills State Park, one of the most popular recreational areas in the state. This sprawling park features miles of tranquil trails and waterfalls, as well as caves and cliffs for the more adventurous thrill-seekers. 

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Located in the Northern part of Hocking Hills State Park, Cantwell Cliffs is a remote hiking destination meant for more advanced hikers. It’s a challenging hike, but those who are up to the challenge will be rewarded with one of the most stunning views in all of Hocking County. The narrow trail winds through the deep valley, steep cliffs, and there is a rock shelter.

In the southernmost part of Hocking Hills State Park, visitors will encounter Ash Cave—the largest recess cave in the state. To get to the cave, visitors must make their way through a short but narrow gorge lined with incredible flora. Upon arrival at the cave, visitors can soak in the stunning views of the horseshoe-shaped cave and cascade. 

Campers can head to Happy Hills, a beautiful campground located near the state park attractions that features both spacious campsites and cabins for larger parties. A stay at Happy Hills includes access to a private fishing lake, playground, and modern facilities for showering and doing laundry. Wi-Fi and cable television are also available throughout the campground so you won’t feel like you’re far from home!

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Just 20 minutes away from Hocking Hills State Park, a visit to the Logan Antique Mall is a must for any lover of antiques. Featuring over 100 vendors, visitors can comb through a variety of furniture, pottery, glassware, and memorabilia from every decade. Logan Antique Mall is also open seven days a week. 

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Another place not to miss in the scenic Hocking Hills is a visit to downtown Nelsonville. Dozens of galleries and retail shops line the streets carrying everything them from unique gifts, fine art, handmade soap, fabrics, antiques, and more. Special events are also on the schedule every month, so be sure to check the calendar when planning your visit.

For a comforting meal after a long day of exploring, head to Rhapsody, a casual fine dining restaurant located in downtown Nelsonville. Rhapsody is famous for its comfort food prepared from locally-grown produce and ingredients, such as house-made cheese spreads and locally-raised chicken dishes.

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5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Ohio If there's one thing Ohio is seemingly designed for, it's off-roading. With timber lands, densely forested areas, and large expanses of land, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in an ATV adventure. Here are five excellent spots to traverse off-roading trails in Ohio! 

The acquisition of land for Pike State Forest began in 1924 with the objective of returning abused hill farms and damaged timber lands back to being productive forests. Now with over 12,084 acres of land, Pike State Forest has become an ATV off-roader's dream.

R Adventure Park in Hocking Hills, is the nation's first and only ATV rental and training facility focused on family-oriented riding. So if you've been holding off on taking the family off-roading, then wait no more, because R Adventure Park is exactly what you're looking for!

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Renegade Ridge was founded only in 2010, but it has quickly become one of the premier ATV parks in Eastern Ohio. They're home to over 25 miles of well-kept and well-marked trails, so whether you're a beginner or a veteran, these trails are sure to be a blast. 

Bear Creek Ranch KOA is home to dozens of fun outdoor activities when you're looking for an escape from the everyday, but none more fun than the miles and miles of trails available for ATV off-roading. With beautiful scenery, and a helpful, friendly staff, Bear Creek is a must-see. 

Situated in the hills of southeastern Ohio, Wayne National Forest sprawls across a quarter million acres. More than 300 miles of trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV riding. Nothing quite compares to taking in the rustic beauty of the Applachian foothills on the back of an ATV. 

*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Ohio Ohio is a beautiful state for going out on long hikes and taking in the scenery of nature. And when it comes to breathtaking foliage, you’ve come to the right place. Experience the change of seasons to its fullest with these five stunning foliage hikes in Ohio! 

John Bryan State Park is the most beautiful state park in Western Ohio. It has over 752 acres to explore containing an extraordinary limestone gorge cut by the Little Miami River. 

Mohican-Memorial State Forest has 32 miles of hiking trails that provide beautiful foliage and scenery for you to spend the day enjoying. The trails curves through the primitive and scenic areas of the forest.  

Sugarcreek MetroPark has oak trees that are estimated to be over 550 years-old, a tallgrass prairie, and woodlands. The scenic Sugar Creek beckons visitors. Much of the 618-acre park used to be farmland but now provides scenes of gorgeous foliage! 

The Scioto Trail State Park is an idyllic 218-acre state park, nestled in the 9,000-acre Scioto Trail State Forest. The ridge tops and snaking forest roads offer awe-inspiring vistas of the Scioto River Valley in a beautiful remote setting. 

Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve is 87 perfectly-preserved acres of forest land with beautiful foliage in Hocking County. Its sheer cliffs of Black Hand sandstone rise almost 200 feet above the valley floor and the gorge is 100 feet wide in places!

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ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Tecumseh Trails Have you been looking for a great place to take the ATV off-roading in Ohio? Why not make an entire trip of it? There’s plenty to see and do out near the Tecumseh Trails! Extend your awesome off-roading adventure by following this route in Ohio! 

Before your big day of off-roading, you're going to need to charge yourself up with a good breakfast and coffee. At the FullBrooks Cafe in Nelsonville, you can get a full hearty breakfast along with a few cups of great coffee, and top it off with a slice of homemade pie. 

First and foremost, one of the best places to go off-roading in Ohio is the Tecumseh Trails in Hemlock, Ohio. If you consider yourself an off-roading enthusiast, then you need to check out the Tecumseh Trails with its vast landscape of streams and hills. With 1,000 acres of space and more than 45 miles of trails, this is an ATV rider’s paradise! 

This New Lexington spot is a classic. The atmosphere at Sideliners is perfect after a long day—it’s a cozy space with funny and quirky decorations. This is a great place to unwind, have a couple of brews, and enjoy yourself. 

If you just can't bring yourself to head back home yet, then you don't have to leave your amazing off-roading location. This rustic location with access to Wayne National Forest is great for hiking and having a picnic before you head home! 

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5 Best Fishing Spots in Oklahoma In Oklahoma, fishing is a way of life. Every fishing license purchased not only benefits conservation efforts in the state, it also helps bring fish species like striped bass, trout, and saugeye to the state. Getting a license is the easy part. Finding a great place to fish is a bit harder. We’re here to help. These are the five best fishing spots in Oklahoma.

This lake park is designated as a premier largemouth bass fishery. The use of gas-powered motors is prohibited, which makes this reservoir the perfect place for a quiet day of fishing. Currently, the lake is only open dawn to dusk from Friday through Sunday. It does have a boat ramp, fire rings, and picnic tables, but you won’t be able to camp on site. The town of Vinita is proud to have this lake open to the public for some excellent fishing. 

The Wildlife Department stocks Medicine Creek with rainbow trout in the winter months, but the fishing here is good all year long. It’s family friendly and easy for kids to access because granite rock lines the banks of the creek. For anyone that needs to pick up live bait, ice, and other supplies before hitting the water, the Little Dam Bait Shop right in Medicine Park is a reliable option. After your day of fishing is through, you can enjoy restaurants and shops within walking distance. 

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Lake Eufaula is one of the premier vacation spots in Oklahoma, but it’s also one of the most popular fishing destinations. It’s the largest lake in Oklahoma. You’ll find bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish, and walleye. There is a kid’s pond, perfect for when you have youngsters not ready for the lake, and there’s even an enclosed fishing dock for colder months. Fishing is so popular in the area, the park has a tackle shop and a marina. 

Grand Lake is one of the top bass fishing lakes in the country and it hosted the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. With more than 1,300 miles of shoreline, it might be difficult to figure out where to start, but the Bernice Area is a good place to put your line in the water and get a taste of what’s available. You’ll find smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie, multiple varieties of catfish, and hybrid stripers. People fish off the bridge and on the banks at the park. Check the fishing reports to make sure the lake levels aren’t too high to get into the park.

Lake Tenkiller is a water paradise with year-round fishing. The lake has black bass, striped bass, crappie, walleye, bream, and trout stocked in the river below the dam. You’ll find three heated fishing docks if you like to fish in the winter. Field and Stream ranked Lake Tenkiller as one of the best fishing holes in the country. There are plenty of places to put your boat in the water or just fish from the shore. You’ll also find many local resources to help you figure out the best spots around the lake to catch the fish you’re hoping. If you are coming in from the Tahlequah, Oklahoma, area and you’re in need of some gear for catching crappie, stop in at S & S Spoons for handmade crappie spoons. 

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5 Awesome RV Campsites in Ohio It’s time to load up the family and the RV for an exciting camping adventure. Ohio is home to an abundance of campgrounds with all the amenities and facilities you could ever need. From beautiful sites located deep in Amish country to serene creek-side grounds, these five awesome RV campsites in Ohio will surely help you escape. 

The Wilmington RV Resort is one of the nicest RV campsites in Ohio. With a well-maintained clubhouse, a huge swimming pool, clean restroom and shower facilities, and even laundry facilities to wash your clothes, Wilmington has everything you need. 

Cross Creek Camping Resort is a family-oriented camping resort that takes pride in offering beautiful surroundings, lots of fun activities, and even themed weekends. Cross Creek is one of the top-rated parks in Trailer Life, Good Sam, and Guest Rated, so come and see what the fuss is all about!

Berlin RV Park is the RV campsite you're looking for if you want to experience the beautiful and scenic Amish country in Ohio! You can sit back and watch horse carriages roll by, or take a walk through the scenic hiking trails.

Countryside Campground offers the quiet of the country with plenty of family activities like jungle safari days, miniature golf, hayrides, and giant checkers to keep you busy. They have clean and well-maintained facilities, so you can feel comfortable and relaxed on your camping trip.

Timbercrest Camp and RV Park is a great place to take your RV and relax for the weekend. It's nestled in a quiet, peaceful area near Walnut Creek. They offer free Wi-Fi, clean showers and bathrooms, and it's pet friendly so feel free to bring along the animals.

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5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Ohio Whether you’re a more primitive adventurer or prefer an RV, fall is the best time of year to go camping. There’s no place where that’s truer than in Ohio, where forestry and foliage are stunning as the leaves change color and fall to the ground. If you don’t know where to start, check out these five perfect fall camping spots in the state. 

Morgan's Riverside Campground in Morrow offers a great place to camp if you're looking to enjoy the river. They have a livery on-site where you can rent canoes and kayaks for the day, or you can just spend the day hiking Fort Ancient! 

The Mohican Adventures Campground is the perfect fall camping spot because it offers something for everyone. Whether you're bringing along your RV, staying in a cabin, or pitching your tent under the stars, you can spend your days hiking, fishing, riding go-karts, and more!

Beechwood Acres Camping Resorts is the perfect place to go camping this fall if you still want to experience the beach! Whether you're looking to rough it with a bare bones cabin or live in luxury with the deluxe cottage and hot tub, Beechwood Acres has what you're looking for. 

Frontier Campground is open year-round, but it's never more beautiful than in the fall! With wooded campgrounds that span 11 acres, an in-ground swimming pool, scenic trails, wildlife, fishing, and hiking, you can even bring your dog along as Frontier is pet friendly!

Buckeye Lake is the perfect fall camping spot because it's far from the noise of the highway or city. It features activities like golf, fishing, boating, drag racing, canoeing, hiking, and even a little zoo. With plenty of things to keep kids and adults alike entertained, you'll want to come back every fall!

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10 Best Archery Outfitters in Ohio Whether you’re a novice or an expert, archery isn’t a one-size-fits all sport and you’ll need to stock up on high-quality gear that fits your needs in order to truly enjoy the sport. Thankfully, there are plenty of local archery outfitters in Ohio that carry a wide range of top archery gear to fit all budgets and levels of experience. Find a professional archery shop near you by checking out this list of the 10 best archery outfitters in Ohio.

Geauga Bow & Outdoor Sports in Middlefield is a great choice for all of your archery, hunting, and outdoor needs. With an expansive selection of hunting equipment, you can stop in to test out a new bow, or bring in your own to brush up on your game using their 20-yard indoor shooting range. 

Mike’s Archery Inc. in Ironton started as a retail shop serving archers with top quality products and extremely knowledgeable service. Today, Mike’s Archery serves more than 200 dealers and archers worldwide with their large warehouse which stocks products from all of the top brands in archery. 

30-06 Outdoors bring high-quality products at affordable prices to outdoor enthusiasts, including a number of archery products. From bow packages to storage systems, archers can find everything they need from this archery manufacturer online! 

Detty Outdoors is a small family-owned and operated archery store in Chillicothe. Detty Outdoors features top-of-the-line archery services ranging from replacing string to tuning bows. They carry a fine selection of high-quality bow brands, including Mission, Elite, and Bear

Bett’s Archery in Arcadia has something for every level of archery and bow hunting enthusiast. This local shop features plenty of products designed to fit your needs and they can even custom build or special order items that they might not have in the shop.

Specializing in pro series bowlines, including compound and crossbows, Broken Rack Archery in Batavia carries all of the best brands in the hunting and archery world. Whether you prefer hunting or target shooting, stop in to Broken Rack Archery to give your gear a boost.

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For a great selection of new and used bows of all types and sizes, make your way to Bad Boy Bait, Tackle, & Archery in Vermillion. This one-stop-shop also features an indoor archery range with 10 lanes for archers to practice the sport. They also offer introductory archery lessons for students ages six to 106.

Looking for high quality archery gear? At Big Bucks Archery Shop in Saint Henry, you’ll find all of the latest bows and accessories to pursue your archery passion. The shop also has an indoor range and provides archery lessons for beginners. 

Whether you need new archery gear or just some helpful advice, Hard Nocks Archery in Englewood provides both. The store owners are certified archery technicians as well certified archery instructors. They carry and work on all brands of bows, specializing in PSE, Elite and Oneida

D&J Archery Shop in Hubbard provides top-notch service and repair work done by a master bow technician. For custom options, D&J Archery Shop specializes in Easton and Beman arrow shafts in both carbon and aluminum. 

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10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Ohio Ohio is dotted with bait and tackle shops where you can pick up everything you need for a fun and successful day out on the water. These shops know what’s biting, and what bait or tackle you need to make the catch. Here are the 10 best bait and tackle shops in Ohio to visit before your next fishing trip!

Pick up all the bait you’ll need for your next fishing outing at Hamilton Bait & Tackle in Fairfield. This local shop carries live, frozen, and packaged bait as well as gear, rods, reels, and a variety of tackle.

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For all kinds of bait and tackle, head to Harbor Bait and Tackle in Painesville. This shop carries all of the best bait for any fishing trip on Lake Erie and its surrounding tributaries.

At Mark’s Live Bait-Tackle and Ammo in Ravenna, you’ll find live bait and tackle and you can even get your fishing license before you head out for a day on the water. Mark’s Live Bait-Tackle and Ammo is also well-known for its large seasonal ice fishing inventory.

Go Fish & Go Hunt is your one-stop-shop for all fishing and hunting supplies. The shop is loaded with a variety of live bait and tackle for any type of fish you’re after.

Mary’s Bait Shop is a local shop serving Central Ohio for more than 40 years and specializing in fishing, hunting, and archery gear and supplies. Mary’s Bait Shop carries a large stock of specialty and staple fishing items, including hard and soft bait, lures, and more.

As a family owned and operated business, Rickard’s Bait and Tackle has you covered with all of the fishing supplies you need for a day out on Lake Erie. Whether you’re fishing walleye or bass, Rickard’s Bait and Tackle carries every type of bait for a catch.

Pozzie’s Lakeside Bait & Tackle in Lorain is a full-service fishing bait and tackle shop specializing in live bait. They also stock an extensive tackle inventory so you can be sure you have everything you need for great fishing on Lake Erie. 

Head to Geneva Bait and Tackle for live bait, such as minnows and nightcrawlers, as well as fishing tackle, ice, and beverages. Find other supplies such as K.O. Wobblers, Tite-Lok rod holders, Hula Poppers, and more. 

Centrally located in the walleye and smallmouth bass capital of the world, Hi-Way Bait, Tackle & Lodging is the best place to pick up fishing lures, live and frozen bait, ice, and more. Make sure to schedule in a stop at Hi-Way Bait, Tackle & Lodging when you’re planning your perfect fishing retreat. 

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On The Way Live Bait & Tackle in Cincinnati carries plenty of bait and tackle for a day or weekend out on the lake or river. If you’re a fishing enthusiasts, you’ll find worms, nightcrawler, crickets, and plenty more.

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