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.

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…

Shawnee Second Saturday Returns

SECOND SATURDAY IS BACK IN SHAWNEE (with social distancing) Second Saturday, sponsored by Destination Shawnee, will be held July 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. (please note time change from previous events) on historic Main St. Entertainment will be on the lots next door to the Shawnee Mercantile with guiartist/singer Gary Wisor. Persons attending should…

Herbal Medicine Making Workshop

HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING WORKSHOPSaturday, July 25 from 10am – 3pm in Athens(with social distancing) OWR Seed Grant recipient and community herbalist Cindy Parker will be hosting “Herbal Medicine Making,” a workshop held on Saturday, July 25th, from 10 am until 3 pm in Athens. Participants will make tincture, salve, and liniment as well as identifying and…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Blaney Family Farm

The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: Reciprocity and a Return to Regional Roots  BY GRANT JOYPhotos courtesy of Dustin Massengill Historically in Appalachian Ohio, there was an emphasis placed on subsistence farming. Before the timber and coal booms of the 19th century, Ohio’s hill country was dotted with small-scale family farms. Recently, the region has…

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…

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Milk House Cottage & Gardens

Milk House Cottage & Garden: A Land and Structure Reborn BY GRANT JOY The agrarian lifestyle is a big part of the culture in Morgan County. So much so that roughly 37% of the total acreage in the county is devoted toward agricultural use and the county is home to roughly 537 farms according to…