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: 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…