Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Morgan County (Part 1)

A River Runs Through It: the Mighty Muskingum and the Landscapes of Morgan County BY GRANT JOY Morgan County comprises the eastern boundary of Ohio’s Winding Road (OWR) region. OWR’s AmeriCorps member Grant Joy participated in the 2020 “Found in Ohio: Traces, Trails, and Tales Media Tour” sponsored through a collaborative  effort of Visit Zanesville,…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Muskingum County (part 3)

In this three-part series, our own Grant Joy travels throughout Muskingum County, telling the stories of its places and people. In this installment, Grant visits The Wilds, and enjoys tasting food from Zanesville! The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: The Wilds and a Taste of Zanesville BY GRANT JOY For those looking for an outdoor…

OWR Stakeholder Update: September, 2020

Ohio’s Winding Road Network has been negotiating some tricky curves and has made a couple of sharp hairpin turns over the past six months as COVID-19 has changed our world. As well we’ve pulled over to a few shady roadside spots (Zoom Corners) and have been reflecting on what changes make sense and what most…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Muskingum County (part 2)

In this three-part series, our own Grant Joy travels throughout Muskingum County, telling the stories of its places and people. In this installment, Grant visits the artists of Zanesville, including Alan Cottrill, and the Art Colony of Zanesville. The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: Appalachian Ohio’s Art Enclave  BY GRANT JOY While Zanesville is a…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Muskingum County (part 1)

In this three-part series, our own Grant Joy travels throughout Muskingum County, telling the stories of its places and people. In this installment, Grant visits the John and Annie Glenn Museum, the National Road and Zane Gray Museum, the Muskingum County History Center, the Stone Academy, the Putnam Presbyterian Church, and the Nelson T. Gant…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Hocking Hills Inn and Coffee Emporium

The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: Something’s Brewing in Hocking Hills By GRANT JOYPhotos courtesy of Tim Thomas Roughly, Hocking Hills State Park sees an average of two million visitors per year. That’s about the same as Maine’s awe-inspiring Acadia National Park. The highly popular Hocking Hills is known for its breathtaking beauty of sand-stone…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Wildcat Hollow

In an ongoing series, we are traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty. Today’s post comes from Audrey Tompkins: Wildcat Hollow Trail is tucked away off State Route 13 towards Corning. There are two trails offered- a 17.2 mile scenic loop for backpackers and a 5 mile…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Monroe Outlook

In an ongoing series, we are traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty. Today’s post comes from Audrey Tompkins: The Monroe Outlook is a unique wildlife observation destination located in Wayne National Forest just off of State Route 13 towards Corning. The trailhead is slightly down the…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Boord State Nature Preserve

In an ongoing series, we are traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty. Today’s post comes from Grant Joy: Boord is a State Nature Preserve located off of State Route 550 on Township Road 69. Boord is named in honor of Elza and Cora B. Boord. Boord…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Gifford State Forest

In an ongoing series, we are traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty. Today’s post comes from Audrey Tompkins: Located just between Amesville and Chesterhill, the Gifford State Forest is the smallest state forest in Ohio. The 320-acre area features hiking trails, a breeding nursery, and forested…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Desonier State Nature Preserve

In an ongoing series, we are traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty. Today’s post comes from Audrey Tompkins: Desonier State Nature Preserve is just off US 50 East and about a mile away from any man-made structure. The secluded preserve features Oak Ridge Trail tucked away…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Shallenberger State Nature Preserve

Shallenberger is located right off of US Route 33 and features a 1.6 mile figure 8 loop of hiking. The trail traverses through two valleys and around Allen and Ruble Knob. The preserve features a number of interesting rock croppings and a nice second-growth mixed hardwood forest. The site is named for J.M. Shallenberger.