OWR SNAPSHOT: Lake Hope

In an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: Located along St. Route 278, between the village of Zaleski and the city of Nelsonville, in the heart of Zaleski State Forest, Lake Hope offers ample hiking opportunities for visitors….

OWR SNAPSHOT: Tecumseh Lake

In an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: Tecumseh Lake, located just outside of historic Shawnee, in the Wayne National Forest has a fascinating history. The lake was built with the idea of becoming a state park, but…

OWR SNAPSHOT: The Ridges Trails

OWR SNAPSHOTS: The Ridges Trails! In an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: On the grounds of the former Athens Asylum, Ohio University’s Ridges Trails systems offers visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty of the area….

OWR SNAPSHOT: Perry State Forest

In an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: The Perry State Forest is located 5 miles north of New Lexington on St. Route 345. The land that is now Perry State Forest was once strip mine land and…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Burr Oak State Park

In an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: Burr Oak State Park, located off of St. Route’s 13 and 78, on Burr Oak Lodge Road. This bucolic state park nestled in the rugged hills along the convergence of…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Sells Park

In an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: Sells Park, located just outside the vibrant city of Athens, offers visitors ample outdoor recreation. Paddle scenic Dow Lake or hike the rugged terrain that surrounds the lake. Sells Park…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Hocking Hills

OHIO’S WINDING ROAD SNAPSHOT: HOCKING HILLS! Even though Hocking Hills State Park is temporary closed due to Covid-19, we thought you might like to dream and plan ahead for the future when it safely reopens: Ohio’s scenic and flagship state park, Hocking Hills offers something for everyone. The park features resounding cliffs, free-flowing waterfalls, and…

OWR SNAPSHOT: Rockbridge State Nature Preserve

OWR SNAPSHOT: ROCKBRIDGE STATE NATURE PRESERVEIn an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: While Hocking Hills SP and Conkle’s Hollow are closed, an alternative destination in the Hocking Hills region is Rockbridge State Nature Preserve. The preserve is…

OWR Snapshot: Lake Alma State Park

OWR SNAPSHOT: LAKE ALMA STATE PARKIn an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: Lake Alma State Park sits on the county line of Vinton and Jackson. This little gem in Ohio’s hill country offers an amusing history and…

OWR Snapshot: Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

OWR SNAPSHOT: HOCKHOCKING ADENA BIKEWAYIn an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is 21 miles long and follows the scenic Hocking River from Athens to Nelsonville. Hockhocking is the Shawnee term for “bottleneck” as…

OWR Snapshot: SAND RUN

In an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: Sand Run is located off of Dawley Rd, from St. Route 278, just north of Carbon Hill. Sand Run Picnic Area offers a very scenic location to enjoy a picnic….

OWR Snapshot: Zaleski State Forest

In an ongoing series, our own Grant Joy has been traveling throughout the OWR region on short day-trips to find and share its natural beauty: Zaleski State Forest offers ample recreational opportunities, as it is Ohio’s second-largest state forest. Zaleski is known for its popular 28.8 mile backpacking loop in addition to its 31 miles…