Winding Road Experiences


A SPECIAL NOTE FROM OHIO’S WINDING ROAD: During this unprecedented time of Covid-19, we are saddened to say that many of the experiences presented in this book are or will be canceled to help prevent the spread of the virus. We ask that you please check with each event organizer to see if the events are still being held. And yet, we feel strongly that Ohio’s Winding Road can still celebrate the people and businesses and organizations behind these experiences, so we have decided to keep their events in the book. We will continue to offer them support through our “Seed Fund” grants, workshops and training programs, and regional promotion. You can also keep these people in mind as you plan your own future experiences after the virus passes. Finally, we ask that you, too, find ways to help and support your neighbors throughout southeastern Ohio.


EXPERIENCES is a bi-annual publication of selected experiences brought to you by Ohio’s Winding Road, a collaborative network of experience producers, creative persons, organizations, and civic leaders. These “stakeholders” are working to create a brand that represents authentic cultural and natural assets in nine Ohio counties in the Muskingum and Hocking River valleys. Ohio’s Winding Road stretches from Athens to Zanesville, and from Lancaster to Pomeroy along the banks of the Ohio River.  

The goal of this book is to connect residents and visitors to many engaging experiences taking place along Ohio’s Winding Road throughout the year while working together to build the “experience economy” in southeastern Ohio. For more detailed information and even more experiences, we encourage you to contact individual vendors and local Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

This book is organized into four sections. In EXPERIENCES, we highlight guided tours that represent the creativity of local residents and honor the region’s land and people. In STORIES, we focus on successful businesses that represent the spirit of Ohio’s Winding Road. Our FIELD GUIDE provides a deep dive into a seasonal theme: this time it is “Farmers and Markets.” And finally, in the CALENDAR, we provide a carefully curated overview of exciting experience opportunities taking place here this spring and summer.  

Ohio’s Winding Road is built on a simple premise: we are sharing our Appalachia, where the arts, history, outdoor recreation, local foods, and authentic lodging and shopping create an improved quality of life. At its heart, Ohio’s Winding Road is a way of living in Appalachian Ohio: We are a map, a compass, a pair of binoculars. We connect a network of neighbors with each other, and with visitors. Together, we are making our region a meaningful and beautiful place to live and visit for those seeking nature, culture, and creativity!


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