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.

OWR SNAPSHOT: Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve

Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve, located in southern Fairfield County, just recently opened up to the public: As you make your way to the preserve, you will follow a gravel road that will turn to grass, going past an old farmstead and wooden barn. The preserve features Christmas Rock Loop trail and the Jacob Ladder’s…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Muskingum River Parkway State Park

The Muskingum River Parkway State Park System was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Muskingum River begins at the confluence of the Walhonding and the Tuscarawas Rivers in Coshocton, Ohio. The state park is a home to the nation’s oldest hand-operated lock system as West…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Journey With Horses

The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: The Tranquility of the Equine Experience BY GRANT JOY As stress and uncertainty build, people have begun to look at how to deal with the trials and tribulations they and the country face. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in many Americans trying to find a new normal. A focus…

LOCKING UP THE ELK HISTORIC RIVER TOUR

EVENT: OCTOBER 4-5 (2 DAYS) EXPERIENCE HISTORIC MUSKINGUM RIVER LOCKS, CANALS & DAMS VIA TWO-DAY TOURFrom the first Native Americans to the early pioneers and on to the riverboat captains and recre- ational boaters, the Muskingum River has played an important role in the settling and building of Ohio and the nation. As the state’s…

2019 Ohio Paw Paw Festival September 13-15

FESTIVAL FEATURES OHIO’S NATIVE FRUIT The region’s most unique festival is full of learning experiences consistent with the Winding Road’s goal of sharing and stewarding the region’s story and assets. Ohio’s official native fruit, the paw paw, is the poor man’s bananna. Found wild this time of year in paw paw trees along the edge…

A Visit to Blue Rock Station

E V E N T : SEPTEMBER 21, OCTOBER 20, NOVEMBER 16 (1-3PM)40 ACRES OF SUSTAINABILITY In 1993, Jay and Annie Warmke founded Blue Rock Station, a 40-acre sustainability center and farm located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in southeastern Ohio near Philo and McConnelsville. The center features the first Earthship built east…

MT. PERRY SCENIC RAILROAD

EVENT: ALL SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS IN SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER (ON THE HOUR FROM NOON-4PM, PLUS OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS*) RIDE A SCENIC & HISTORIC RAIL LINEThe Mt. Perry Scenic Train, which is also known as the Zanesville & Western Railroad, provides a destination in northern Perry County offering train excursions along Jonathan Creek on a historic…

BEFORE, DURING, & AFTER THE BOOM

EVENT: OCTOBER 19 (9:30 AM-3PM) OFF THE BEATEN PATH COMMUNITIES Local historian Rob Dishon leads this unique view of the coal mining region of southern Perry County featuring life before and after the Hocking Valley Coal Boom era which ran from 1870-1930. Participants will learn of the earliest European settlers in the section and the…

THE FOREST LISTENING ROOM

EVENT: OCTOBER 5 (9:30AM-12PM) CONTEMPLATING THE SOUNDS OF NATURETake a guided sound walk – Hear recorded stories of past and present residents – Listen to music and sound in nature – Share and record your own forest stories Do you like the sounds and stories of the forest? Flowing water, bird calls, wind, plantlife, and…

RUN THROUGH THE FOREST: BLUE BLAZES & BOBCATS

EVENTS: OCTOBER 5 AND NOVEMBER 9 RUN FOR THE BLUE BLAZES (OCTOBER 5)The 5th Annual Run for Blue Blaze takes runners on the Buckeye Trail from historic Main Street Shawnee through the Wayne National Forest with marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K options. Course is mostly on single track trail, with challenging and hilly conditions….

Cruise and Brews Tour at Burr Oak Lake July 12-20

Celebrate Ohio Brew Week with a lake cruise — July 12-20 Burr Oak Getaways has partnered with Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center to bring you a fun and peaceful afternoon at Burr Oak State Park. Climb aboard, sit back and relax as we take you for a scenic ride around Athens’ northernmost beauty, Burr…